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My faves: One-day destinations in Japan

The Land of Rising Sun is home to many amazing tourist attractions. You may have been told to visit Kyoto and Nara, or an MWR tour may already...

Tokyo: Off the beaten track neighborhoods

I‘ve said it before – Tokyo is a city of thousand layers and there is a lot more to this sprawling metropolis than its biggest tourist...
Photos by Nano Betts

Tokyo strolls: Daikanyama

Tokyo is filled with so many wonderful nooks and crannies. Some neighborhoods belong to a must-see and touristy category, but then there are...

Photo by MC2 Matthew Duncker

Asakusa takes you back in time in Japan

In northeast Tokyo, at the very end of the Ginza Line on the Tokyo Metropolitan Subway, lies a part of the city that has existed for over a...

Photos by MC2 Michael Doan

Explore Yokohama Minato Mirai

Minato Mirai 21 is a large suburb in Yokohama that offers plenty of popular sites to explore for first timers and returning visitors alike....
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Up north in Niigata: Japan's biggest little city offers a world of charm

I have always associated the northern city of Niigata with frigid weather and heavy snowfall, full of the steep-roofed buildings essential for...

“Disney Gifts of Christmas” (Photos courtesy of Tokyo Disney Resort)

Christmas coming to Tokyo Disney

It’s time once again to ring in the Christmas season at Tokyo Disneyland.
 
Christmas trees, sparkling illuminations and...

4 off-peak travel tips

Traveling in the off season can be quite beneficial. First, there is the cost savings; from flights to hotels, car rentals and attractions —...

Dogo Onsen (Photos by David Krigbaum)

My paradise: A holiday in Shikoku

There are many fine places in Japan to spend a long holiday weekend, but the one I think doesn’t get enough consideration is Shikoku. Maybe it’s...

Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara, Stripes Japan

In the footsteps of ancients

A hawk glides above Mount Tamaki’s 3,000-year-old cedars as I follow in the footsteps of hundreds of thousands before me who have made the...

Photos by Sarah Hodge

Kamakura more than just a great Buddha

A convenient 20-minute train ride from Yokosuka or approximately one hour from Tokyo Station, Kamakura is a fantastic choice for a day trip that...

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