Japan

Welcome to Kumano, brush-making capital of Japan

Welcome to Kumano, brush-making capital of Japan

In the market for a luxurious makeup applicator? Calligraphy brush made out of your baby's first hairs? This Japanese town has you covered
Urban explorers: Uncovering abandoned sex museums and decrepit amusement parks

Urban explorers: Uncovering abandoned sex museums and decrepit amusement parks

Tracking down and photographing society's crumbling edifices has become a growing hobby in Japan, home to plenty of risqué ruins
Inside Toyota Kaikan: World's coolest factory tour?

Inside Toyota Kaikan: World's coolest factory tour?

Gawk at car guts, marvel at giant robots and ... buy curry in the gift shop? Toyota's factory tour is full of surprises
Japanese cuisine by region-- which is best?

Japanese cuisine by region-- which is best?

Our interactive map showcases the food and tells the stories of cuisines from 10 major Japanese destinations
Sapporo Snow Festival: 199 incredible ice sculptures

Sapporo Snow Festival: 199 incredible ice sculptures

Japan's biggest winter celebration does things with snow and ice you didn't know could be done
The 8 fiery 'hells' of Beppu, Japan's hot spring capital

The 8 fiery 'hells' of Beppu, Japan's hot spring capital

Home to more than 2,500 hot springs, Beppu is the world's second largest source of thermal water after Yellowstone National Park
How Asia is chasing the Chinese tourist dollar

How Asia is chasing the Chinese tourist dollar

By 2020, more than 200 million Chinese will go overseas, double the number that did in 2013
Japan's future 'dream technology': Maglev trains

Japan's future 'dream technology': Maglev trains

Train company JR Tokai plans to build a $100 billion track between Tokyo and Nagoya
Toilets, corrupt officials, chicken coops: 10 weird tours

Toilets, corrupt officials, chicken coops: 10 weird tours

In Jamaica, pot farmers now offer guided tours cannabis plantations. Here are more tours featuring less traditional "attractions"
The enchanting forests of Japan's 'Eden'

The enchanting forests of Japan's 'Eden'

The island of Yakushima has ancient forests and mountains that come straight out of a magical Studio Ghibli production
All by my selfie! Blogger takes travel pics with imaginary girlfriend

All by my selfie! Blogger takes travel pics with imaginary girlfriend

A Japanese blogger has gained Internet fame for taking selfies with a fake lover. Here's his sad/uplifting tale
The place where two earthquakes hit every hour

The place where two earthquakes hit every hour

Every day, every 30 minutes, Tokyo's Earthquake Simulator Center prepares people for the worst
12 amazing underground tourist attractions

12 amazing underground tourist attractions

Including: a town that lives underground, a medieval salt mine full of statues and the original city of Seattle
Gallery: 10 scariest places in Asia

Gallery: 10 scariest places in Asia

Robert Joe, host of National Geographic's "I Wouldn't Go In There," takes us in there
Tokyo travel: 11 things to know before you go

Tokyo travel: 11 things to know before you go

Cabs cost a fortune. "Kawaii" means cute. Here's more vital information you'll need before hitting Japan's sprawling capital
Typhoon Wipha hits Tokyo, kills at least 14

Typhoon Wipha hits Tokyo, kills at least 14

More than 500 domestic and international flights canceled at Tokyo airports
Look, but don't stare! Hanging out with Kyoto's macaques

Look, but don't stare! Hanging out with Kyoto's macaques

A CNN iReporter proves you don't have to brave winter weather to see Japan's adorable "snow monkeys" in action
Geisha-in-training hit the streets:

Geisha-in-training hit the streets: "We are alive and well"

Young apprentice geisha try to drum up a tourism revival for typhoon-hit Kyoto
CNNGo in Japan: Wagyu, ramen, sake

CNNGo in Japan: Wagyu, ramen, sake

From exquisite tempura to perfect noodles, this culinary journey hits the hot spots in a land bursting with flavor
How Google mapped Mount Fuji

How Google mapped Mount Fuji

CNN's Diana Magnay and her crew join Google's trekking team to map the climb to Japan's most iconic mountain
Andy Warhol in Hong Kong: 'Deeply superficial' artist's works on show

Andy Warhol in Hong Kong: 'Deeply superficial' artist's works on show

A colorful Chairman Mao and 450 more of the artist’s pieces are touring Asia. Here's where to see them