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Dude! Skate park in Yokosuka has fishing, BMX, BBQ & more!

City parks in Japan are a few and far between, but when you do find a gem it usually becomes at least a half-day excursion because of all the fun...

Photos by Nano Betts

A treat for the senses at Mt. Takao

Every time I think I have exhausted discovering the beauty of Japan, I find a new place or space that takes my breath away. Although, as much as...

Atsugi spa a natural for healthy and smooth skin

Situated on the hilly terrain of Tanzawa mountain range, Nanasawa Onsen is a quiet and somber natural hot spring resort, known as “spa for the...

Omotesando Hills: Make a stop at one of Tokyo’s upscale shopping malls

Looking for something fancy? You've come to the right place.
 
Omotesando Hills is an upscale shopping center built along a...
Gozabune Atakemaru Cruise (Photos by Ignatius Koh)

Discover Tokyo Bay in style

Tokyo Bay is a winding stretch of water that offers extraordinary views of the city's skyline — not just on land. Near Shiba Celestine Hotel,...
Photos by Nano Betts

Ome azelea garden wows

Spring in Japan is a beautiful thing. While cherry blossoms steal all the show (see my latest Week of Sakura Hunting series), there are numerous...
Photos by Samantha Lymburn-Law

Make the most of your stay in Japan

If I had to sum up our tour in Japan with three words, it would be: enjoyable, productive, enlightening.
 
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2nd holiday of Golden Week is May 3

Ever wonder why cities clear out and airports, train stations and tourist traps are all abuzz from late April to early May? It’s a time of year...

Rafting at Nagatoro Auto Camp-jo (Photo credit by Kate Riseley)

Places to hike and Camp near Tokyo

Once the summer humidity hits the city, there’s no better place to be than out of it. Luckily, it’s not too tricky to escape Tokyo, whether for a...

Monkey Island off Yokosuka coast a fun day trip!

If you are familiar with Yokosuka Naval Base, you’ve probably noticed a tiny green island right off the coast.

Monkey Island, or Sarushima...

Hogwarts at night with the Black Lake which is a special feature of the Japanese Universal Studios (Photo courtesy of Camille Dufour-Blain)

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Osaka

If you are like me, when you heard that Universal Studios Japan was opening a Wizarding World of Harry Potter area at its theme park in Osaka, you...

Big city, bright lights: It's time to get your Osaka on!

As a member of the Keihanshin industrial zone along with nearby Kyoto and Kobe, Osaka may be more famed internationally as Western Japan’s hub of...

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