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Ueno offers taste of old and new

Japan’s oldest zoo, tons of museums, a French-style modern park filled with cherry trees, numerous Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, along...
Visitors look out off Inspiration Point in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park. Servicemembers and their immediate family members are eligible for a free annual national park pass, though most are currently closed due to the federal budget impasse.

Theme parks, airport benefits, lawn care and more: Nine military freebies

Several business and government programs provide free or extremely low-priced products for servicemembers at home and abroad. Here are nine in...

Photos courtesy of Sapporo City

Sculpted beauty at Sapporo Snow Festival

Hundreds of gigantic, eye-catching castles, shrines, Disney characters and Darth Vader of Star Wars will be shining February in the winter...

Japan's Hakuba Valley a skier’s paradise

Interested in hitting the slopes in Japan this season? Before you do, check out this guide which has everything you need to know for planning...
Photo by James O’Leary

Tenjin small in size, big with skiers

Japan has amazing skiing and snowboarding opportunities throughout the country. The mountains around places like Nagano and Hokkaido have powder...

Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

MATSUMOTO: More than an elegant castle town

Located in the central basin of mainland of Japan, the elegant castle city of Matsumoto is surrounded by beautiful plateaus and the towering...
Photos by Nano Betts

spending a perfect day in beautiful Hakone

There are endless reasons to go to the small resort town of Hakone, although for me personally it was an urge to spend some time in nature and...

Photo by Joely Santiago

A close look at Japan's capsule hotels

Capsule hotels (also called pod hotels) are very popular in Japan. You see them in most cities, and a lot of people really like them for overnight...

Photos by Nano Betts

Tokyo's Omotesando & Harajuku full of fun things to do

We all have our favorite places in the city we live in and Harajuku/Omotesando areas have definitely been mine. Two centrally-located...
A Japanese mejiro perches on a kanhizakura tree. (AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Flower power: Winter no match for nature’s blooms on Okinawa

During the early spring months, one of the most popular activities in mainland Japan is hanami — coming together with friends, family or coworkers...

Photos by Sarah B. Hodge

Tokyo weekend escapes

Tokyo is famous for its avant-garde fashion, themed restaurants and cafes, shopping and nightlife, but beyond the neon lights and urban sprawl,...

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