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5 Japanese Hot Spring Baths to Put on Your Bucket List

With Tokyo Fashion Week coming to a close, there is much to see and do outside of the collections—from the gardens to the shrines and the obligatory (and adorable) stationery store romps. However, few visitors know that across the volcanically active country lie thousands of natural hot springs …

Japan

Mysterious snow scenes in Japan – in pictures

Every winter, a train runs across the island of Hokkaido in Japan. Known as the Okhotsk‑no‑Kaze (Wind of Okhotsk), it inspired the name of a series of snow-covered images by Shanghai-based photographer Ying Yin. “Snow is like a frame,” she says. “It can make usual things unusual. These photos show …

Photography

Tracing the roots of Araki’s obsession with the erotic image

Dubbed Japan’s most-controversial photographer, Nobuyoshi Araki has, for nearly half a century, pushed the boundaries of respectability to near-buckling point – and beyond.<p>A new retrospective exhibition co-curated by Maggie Mustard and Mark Snyder at New York’s Museum of Sex celebrates the …

The Things You Should Always Carry With You in Japan

Japan is a great place to visit, especially for first-time international travelers. It feels completely different than western countries, yet totally …

Kobe, Japan

Thoughts on shooting from atop the gondola in Kobe<p>A few weeks ago, I shared the first Kobe, Japan video with Passport Members. Today, I’ll post the …

Nikunotoriko Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan

Just show us a description of a restaurant, store or hotel that includes the words “authentic experience” and “unique environment” – usually all in …

Japan

This stunning Japanese island you've probably never heard of is the top trending travel destination for 2018

Ishigaki, a stunning white island in Japan's Okinawa archipelago, is the top trending travel destination for 2018 on TripAdvisor — but you'd be forgiven for never having heard of it.<p>The Japanese island has topped TripAdvisor's "Destinations on the Rise" list, which, as part of its sixth annual …

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Exploring Shinjuku

Staying extra-safe in Japan<p>Japan is a wonderful and safe place with one exception. While in Tokyo, don’t take the advice or invitations of any …

Japan

The Osaka Castle

Merry Christmas!<p>Merry Christmas to you from me and everyone at Stuck In Customs! 🙂<p>A Special Video on Christmas for…<p>Those of you that received the …

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The Real Trick to Scoring Super Cheap Airfare (Video)

If you really want a good deal, here's what you have to do.<p>Although there are lots of tips and tricks for saving on airfare, there is no money-saver …

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G-Shock's New Sludge-Resistant Mudmaster Is A Virtually Indestructible Timepiece

In the world of rugged watches built tough and willing to take a beating, there’s little out there that can compete with Casio’s G-Shock collection. …

Trick to finding cheap stays in Japan

In the blink of an eye, ever-innovative Japan bursts with new and curious happenings like a domino display of short-fused firecrackers.<p>Mystifyingly …

Why your carry-on bag should be the only luggage you bring on your next trip

If you’re the kind of person who likes to try on almost everything you own before deciding what to wear for the day, you won’t be very interested in this ode to the carry-on.<p>On the other hand, there may be some things about traveling with a small bag — and leaving your larger luggage at home — that …

How to Visit Japan on a Budget

While Japan is a dream destination for many, its notoriously expensive prices keep plenty of budget travelers from even considering a trip. But like …

24 Things You Should Know Before Traveling to Japan

Simply put, Japan is a fascinating destination. Here, you'll find a seamless blend of old traditions and new technology. You'll also discover …

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FDA Approves Brain Implant to Monitor and Autonomously Respond to Epileptic Seizures

In recent years, brain implants have been used to control tremors from Parkinson’s Disease and help quadriplegics move robotic arms. We can now add …

Blue Microphones' Nessie now available, promises enhanced sound in real time

Blue Microphones' Nessie is now out on the market, months after we took it for a spin at this year's CES. Named after a cryptid like its older sibling the Yeti, Nessie comes with three modes -- one for raw audio, another optimized for richer vocals and one that enhances instrumental music. The …