My favorite Japanese hot springs. And answers to the most frequently asked questions (including tattoos, of course): a guide to Japanese onsen
Ancient, mysterious sculptures carved in volcanic stone: the Usuki stone Buddhas, in Kyushu
Volcanoes, hot springs and a bloody history: the Shimabara peninsula, east of Nagasaki
Tenth trip to Japan, this time in Kyushu, from Nagasaki to Fukuoka: all you need to know
The rail pass almost essential for travel in Japan, step by step. A guide to the Japan Rail pass
Hokkaido, the wonderful lavender fields in the North of Japan
I love walking in Kyoto. This hike from Takao to Kiyotaki is not to be missed: it eventually leads to Arashiyama
Samurai, geisha, contemporary art, beautiful gardens and excellent cuisine. Kanazawa is worth a visit.
Great titles to read or bring with you to the ancient capital of Japan: books on Kyoto
Some advice on finding accommodation in spring in Kyoto (and Tokyo). And it can be useful all year round too!