Visit popular tourist spots when the crowds are gone. Avoid congested areas and go try something you've never done before, off the beaten path.
It's time to plan a different type of trip for 2020-2021. Use Japan's Go To Travel campaign to get deals and discounts on your new adventures for new memories that will last a lifetime.
The editorial team at MATCHA lives and breathes for travel. On top of this, we have a flexible workcation system that allows us to see more of Japan. With so much travel experience, it’s challenging to narrow down our favorite spots. Still, we tried our best: the editors introduce their most memory-filled, unforgettable destinations in Japan, from the life-changing pilgrimage route of Kumano Kodo, to the charming fishing community of Ine in Kyoto.
Kyoto's northern coast is famous for the seaside town of Ine and its unique funaya boathouses. This article, however, focuses on the everyday lives of locals, which gives unparalleled beauty to this town. Head to Ine if you're looking for a relaxing break from the city.
I was once barely interested in travel but my visit to Kumano Kodo—an ancient pilgrimage trail— in May 2010 completely changed my mind. My desire to work in a travel-related profession can be traced back to that unforgettable trail from Kumano Hongu Taisha in Wakayama.
Kamakura is a seaside town close to Tokyo known for its Great Buddha statue, shopping streets, and temples. However, there is more to this ancient capital than meets the eye. Take a relaxed trip to stay a couple of nights in greater Kamakura to fully enjoy this history and nature-rich area.
Located in the greater Tokyo area, Yokohama is full of attractions connected to culture and history, and scenic shopping areas by the sea. A MATCHA editor from Thailand, who is fascinated with this bustling port city and video games, will be your guide on this tour to discover local gems!
Hiraizumi is home to five historical monuments that are designated World Heritage Sites. From Chusonji Temple to Kanjizaio-in Ato, this article will introduce these sacred Buddhist sites. The ease of access from the train station by foot or bus is a bonus, too!