The streets of Kobe were filled with color and energy as the annual Kobe Festival unfolded on a drizzly Sunday. Samba dancers, adorned in vibrant costumes, paraded down the main avenue, captivating the rain-soaked crowd with their spirited performances.

After a two-year hiatus, the beloved D51 steam locomotive, known affectionately as 'Degoichi,' has returned to Yamaguchi, primed to resume operations on the SL Yamaguchi-go line.

The Shinnasho River in Oshino Village, Yamanashi Prefecture, is host to around 200 Somei Yoshino cherry trees along a 400-meter stretch of riverbank, offering breathtaking views of snow-capped Mount Fuji framed by the full bloom of cherry blossoms.

A towering, life-size Godzilla is set to make its appearance at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office ahead of the Golden Week holidays.

In this Tokyo Itinerary, we explore what the commercial heart of Tokyo, Nihonbashi, and Japan's first modern department store, Mitsukoshi, have to offer. (

Cherry blossoms have bloomed in Sapporo and Hakodate with the second earliest onset recorded, as the sakura front rapidly advances north.

Bullet train riders in central Japan can look forward to a new level of luxury when Central Japan Railway brings back private compartments in April 2026. (NHK)