Stories

We connect our community by sharing stories, tips, and experiences from our Partners and Members. In this section, you can also find useful resources for life in Japan.

Famous Movies Filmed in Japan

Famous Movies Filmed in Japan

The international film community has been fascinated with the history, culture, and visuals of Japan, leading to numerous movies being set here. Check out these famous movies that were actually filmed in Japan.

Temples and Shrines: Your First Visit of the Year

Temples and Shrines: Your First Visit of the Year

This tradition, called hatsumode, is considered the most important visit of the year. You can protect yourself from bad spirits, give thanks for blessings in the last year, and figure out what kind of fortune to expect in the coming year.

Best Spots to Enjoy Mexican Food in Tokyo

Best Spots to Enjoy Mexican Food in Tokyo

In recent years, the diversity of cuisine available in Tokyo is increasing as rapidly as the number of restaurants. Among the most popular options recently is Mexican food, which has found its home all around the city.

The True Meaning Behind Osechi Foods

The True Meaning Behind Osechi Foods

This arrangement of small dishes is the most important meal of the year because each dish is said to bring a different benefit to you in the year to come. Here are the hidden meanings behind each dish.

New Year’s Superstitions in Japan

New Year’s Superstitions in Japan

To give you a little more insight into shogatsu, GoConnect has put together a short list of some traditional beliefs that have grown up around this major Japanese holiday.

Great Places to Enjoy Winter Sports Near Tokyo

Great Places to Enjoy Winter Sports Near Tokyo

Holidays, snow and Christmas cheer will be dominating December and January will be full of New Year celebrations. What better way to soak up the winter months than a quick trip to take part in some fun and adventurous winter sports?

Nihon Sanmeisen: The 3 Most Prestigious Hot Springs in Japan

Nihon Sanmeisen: The 3 Most Prestigious Hot Springs in Japan

During the Edo Period (1603–1867), a philosopher who served under Tokugawa Ieyasu named Hayashi Razan created writings which contained the top three onsen in the world. Since then, Japanese people continue to consider these three natural hot springs to be the definitive best.

Best Illuminations to See in Japan

Best Illuminations to See in Japan

With all the noise around the year end, sometimes you need a break to enjoy the simple things. A trip to see a carefully crafted display of lights may just be the perfect downtime you need during this part of the year.

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