The Atlas Obscura Guide To Japan
593 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Japan
Updated December 8, 2023
Unusual Attractions in Japan
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Stories About Japan
The Legend of Japan's 'Earthquake Fish'
The serpent-like oarfish has long been considered an omen of natural disaster. Scientists are shaking up that old superstition.
by Roxanne Hoorn
How Spaghetti Squash Squiggled Its Way Onto American Tables
It took a shift in food culture for consumers to embrace the "noodle plant."
by Andrew Coletti
The 'Darting Children' That Helped Japan Win Its War on Traffic Accidents
How hand-painted signs known as Tobita-kun became beloved local mascots.
by Allan Richarz
How A ‘Firefly Course’ Is Saving Japan’s Favorite Glowing Insect
At the Moriyama City Firefly Forest Museum, nurturing Genji fireflies comes with homework.
by Shoshi Parks