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11 Best Blogs About Japan For Culture & Travel (In 2024)

These are some of the best blogs about Japan to read to get a good up-to-date insight into Japanese life and culture that also give lots of advice for travelling in the country.


Blogs About Japan

I have spent several months travelling to many different parts of Japan and I can easily say it’s my favourite country in the world. Most of my most popular blog posts are about Japan (more on those at the end of this article).

There is so much to write about Japan that I could not possibly cover it all myself, and indeed, there are many more people out there who have more in-depth knowledge about certain parts of Japan and Japanese life.

As such, I have no problem recommending other blogs about Japan to others to get more advice from. The blogs mentioned here are some of my favourites that I regularly read myself.

Some are personal blogs while others are the blog sections of some online newspapers and small businesses in the country that are related to travelling there.


GaijinPot

GaijinPot covers a variety of topics related to living and working in Japan, including travel guides, cultural insights, language tips, and expat experiences.

If you are thinking about working in Japan then this is the best website for information on doing that.

Follow their blog page here.

A related article that an American friend of mine wrote for me where she explains what it was like living in Japan for 3 years.


Jrailpass

Although Jrailpass is a website for booking the Japan Rail Pass, it also has an excellent blog section on Japan that is regularly updated.

Side note: If you want to get a rail pass for your visit to Japan, or want to learn more about it and the options it gives, you can check here for Japan Rail Pass information at Jrailpass.


Tokyo Cheapo

Tokyo Cheapo focuses on budget travel tips and advice for visiting Tokyo and other parts of Japan. They provide information on cheap eats, free attractions, and money-saving hacks.

Heading to Tokyo? hen this is one of the best blogs about Japan for you to follow.

Check out their website here.



Metropolis Japan

Metropolis Japan is an English-language media outlet based in Tokyo, Japan. It provides information, news, and articles primarily targeted at the international community in Japan.

I have been a fan of Metropolis Japan for a while now and highly recommend them.

Check out their website here.


Japan-Guide

Japan Travel Guide offers comprehensive travel guides for various destinations in Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hokkaido. They cover sightseeing spots, transportation options, and practical travel tips.

This is a do-everything website for all things Japanese.

Check out their website here.


Just One Cookbook

Just One Cookbook is a food blog dedicated to Japanese cuisine. It features authentic Japanese recipes, cooking tips, and restaurant recommendations.

If you love Japanese food like I do then this is one of the best blogs about Japan to read.

Check out their website here.


Inside Kyoto

Inside Kyoto provides in-depth travel guides for exploring Kyoto, one of Japan’s most culturally rich cities. They offer detailed information on attractions, accommodations, dining options, and more.

If you’re heading to Kyoto or are interested in the city, then this is easily the best blog I recommend to read for that.

Check out his website here.


Sakuraco

Sakuraco is an online business from Japan that sells seasonal boxes of Japanese sweets and exports them worldwide to customers. However, they also have excellent articles about Japanese culture and life in Japan.

I only stumbled upon their website recently when they got in touch with me about reviewing one of their products, which I didn’t do, but I did check out their blog page and loved it.

Check their blog page here.


Me relaxing after an onsen bath at the famous Dogen Onsen in Matsuyama.


Matcha

Matcha is a travel and culture blog that highlights various destinations in Japan, from popular tourist spots to off-the-beaten-path locations. They also cover festivals, events, and cultural traditions.

This is kind of in the same theme as some of the other blogs about Japan that I have mentioned but is also a great one to follow.

Check out their website here.


Tofugu

Tofugu offers articles on Japanese language and culture, including language learning resources, travel guides, and insights into Japanese society.

I particularly recommend having a look at Tofugu not just for some of their Japanese culture guides but specifically if you have an interest in learning the Japanese language.

Check out their website here.


Backpackingman

Ok, I’m going to cheat a little and promote my Japanese guides at the end here (well, at least I didn’t do it at the beginning of the article!)

I have over 60 articles about Japan so far and regularly update older articles with new information as well as writing new guides to Japanese culture and places to visit that I have been to.

Check out my Japanese guides here.


One extra…

The Mainichi

The Mainichi is a prominent Japanese newspaper that has been in circulation for over 140 years, although it is not a blog which is why I added it as an “extra.” It is one of the largest and oldest newspapers in Japan, with a long history of providing news coverage on various topics including politics, economics, society, culture, and international affairs.

It publishes articles in Japanese and offers an English-language version of its website, providing news and analysis for an international audience.

This is the online news site that I follow for the latest news about Japan.

Check out their English version website here.


Japan

So if you’re a Japanophile like myself then these blogs about Japan, and some related websites, will give you a treasure trove of information about one of the most fascinating countries in the world.

If you are planning a trip to Japan you can learn a lot more before visiting, or if you’re a Japan enthusiast who loves all things Japanese then you will love these blogs about Japan as well.

Enjoy Japan!

Have a look at my guides to Japan.


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2 thoughts on “11 Best Blogs About Japan For Culture & Travel (In 2024)”

  1. Hi. My name is Jack, I live in Japan for more than 10 years and run a personal blog jackinjapan.com
    I would be glad if you can read my work)

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