Japan

Insider Guide: Best of Kyoto

Insider Guide: Best of Kyoto

You know about Kyoto's famed temples and shrines. But Japan's prettiest city is also home to thumping discos, craft beer and innovative cuisine
Mannequin head scarecrows creep out Japanese countryside

Mannequin head scarecrows creep out Japanese countryside

Not all of Japan is in the thrall of "cute." These freaky scarecrows from Kobe offer chilling proof
First ANA 'Star Wars' plane unveiled

First ANA 'Star Wars' plane unveiled

RD-D2 liveried jet readies for debut flight as part of tie-in with upcoming "Star Wars" movie
Flights canceled as Japan's biggest active volcano erupts

Flights canceled as Japan's biggest active volcano erupts

Disruption as Mount Aso spews plume of ash high into the atmosphere
In Japan there's now a 'Street View' for cats

In Japan there's now a 'Street View' for cats

New interactive map lets users explore Hiroshima from a cat's perspective
Behave, foreigners! Kyoto issues etiquette guides for tourists

Behave, foreigners! Kyoto issues etiquette guides for tourists

The Japanese city has published a guide on toilet protocol and a list of "don'ts" aimed at tourists
Meet Nitama, Japan's new cat stationmaster

Meet Nitama, Japan's new cat stationmaster

New appointment is the first graduate of the Cat Stationmaster Training School and a protege of the late, great Tama
Hiroshima atomic bomb attraction more popular than ever

Hiroshima atomic bomb attraction more popular than ever

Seventy years after the end of World War II, the Japanese city is a beacon for peace
Robot hotel opens its (automatic) doors in Japan

Robot hotel opens its (automatic) doors in Japan

When the reception desk is staffed by a robot dinosaur, the chances of a room upgrade are going to be fairly slim.
Tama the cat, Japan's cutest stationmaster, has died

Tama the cat, Japan's cutest stationmaster, has died

The country is now mourning the beloved feline who saved a rural train station from financial ruin
Japan shakes off 67-year ban on dancing after midnight

Japan shakes off 67-year ban on dancing after midnight

Since 1948, Japan's dance culture has been forced to hide in the shadows. That's now set to change
10 ways to avoid tourist trouble in Japan

10 ways to avoid tourist trouble in Japan

Keeping abreast of customs can be a minefield for visitors to Japan, as Arnold Schwarzenegger's son Patrick is finding out
Artist creates beautiful Tokyo street scenes on coffee cups

Artist creates beautiful Tokyo street scenes on coffee cups

Australian illustrator's panoramic renditions of everyday life become an Internet hit
Japan aquariums to stop taking slaughter dolphins

Japan aquariums to stop taking slaughter dolphins

Japanese aquariums avoid being thrown out of global industry body by agreeing to stop buying dolphins caught in the controversial Taiji hunt
Japan’s bitterest feud: Kansai vs. Kanto

Japan’s bitterest feud: Kansai vs. Kanto

Japan may seem homogeneous, but the country’s eastern (Tokyo) and western (Osaka) regions can be worlds apart
Japanese train sets world record: 603 kph

Japanese train sets world record: 603 kph

It's a bird -- it's a plane -- it's an insanely fast Japanese bullet train
Inside a samurai's bedroom: Visiting secret samurai homes

Inside a samurai's bedroom: Visiting secret samurai homes

With no cars or lampposts in sight, a remote section of Kyushu gives you a taste of authentic warrior Japan
May the force be with ANA's awesome new

May the force be with ANA's awesome new "Star Wars" airplane

The Japanese carrier's five-year "Star Wars Project" includes a new Dreamliner painted with an R2-D2 livery
Asiana Airlines plane skids off runway

Asiana Airlines plane skids off runway

An Asiana Airlines plane overran a runway while landing at Japan's Hiroshima Airport on Tuesday evening