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Hiking Japan's Central Alps

Day1: Missing the halfway point
 
For anyone hiking along the Central Alps from Mount Kiso...
Close encounters with the wildlife on the way to Nara.  Photo courtesy of Sarah Marchildon

Take a tour of Nara on two wheels

Part of the charm of visiting the ancient capital of Nara is to slow down to the pace of life here. When you let go of the stresses of urban...
Photos by Nano Betts

Here's how to spend 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...

Yu Kai Sou Kai: Bathhouse lets you soak in Japan’s customs

In Japan, a “sento,” or public bathhouse, is where you go to soak away your cares, pamper yourself and re-energize. It’s also one of those only-in...

Sea Hell. File photo

AHHHHHH! Get into hot water in Beppu!

Soaking in a natural hot spring, or “onsen,” is one of the most popular Japanese pastimes during the cold winter months. I know just the place to...

A great place to make soba near Misawa

Next to Misawa Air Base, Tonami-an offers a class on making handmade soba noodles (teuchi-soba). I recently took the class, located in Tohoku-...

Kanazawa’s real-life art in the present day

The Kanazawa district of Yokohama City, 10 miles north of Yokosuka Naval Base, was once known as a popular sightseeing attraction made up scenic...

Picnic among the pits: Tajimadake Naval Guard Station, Submarine No. 43 Memorial

Looking up at the sky, I imagined what it was like standing here and watching more than 100 heavy bombers fly overhead. Tajimadake, a high hill...

Illuminations dazzling Japan during holiday season

From late autumn through winter, elaborate and colorful light displays – from Sapporo, Hokkaido to Tokyo to Itoman, Okinawa – ring in the...

Book next trip without breaking the budget

The worst part of a vacation is, of course, coming home after a week away from the real world. You look at your credit card statement and find...

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