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Exploring Tokyo, a fast-paced train city

It wasn’t until after I’d arrived in Tokyo that I realized why I’d wanted to go there for so long. It was because I’d read too much science...

Photos by Nano Betts

Hiking Historic Nakasendo Trail From Magome to Tsumago in Kiso Valley

I’m in perpetual pursuit of rustic feels and shitamachi vibes of Japan. My soul is nourished by the sophisticated simplicity, local textures,...
Photos by Nano Betts

Geisha For a Day: My Yukata Rental Experience in Kyoto

Wearing local attire is one of the best ways to fully immerse yourself into the local culture of your host country, and I did just that on my...

Kanazawa District, Yokohama: 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...

Get your tickets for Japan's Fuji Rock & Summer Sonic fests

With headliners from Bob Dylan and Kendrick Lamar to Chance The Rapper and Nine Inch Nails, Japan’s two big summer music gatherings are sure to...
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Tokyo DisneySea offers plenty of nautical adventure with a touch of Disney magic

Nestled along the shoreline of Tokyo Bay, Tokyo DisneySea lives up to its nautically themed name — and its Disney theme park heritage.

The...

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Travel safety tips for families

“Are We There Yet?”
 
Repeatedly hearing that phrase isn’t the only risk involved in traveling with family. Don’t get us...

Not far from Misawa, Kuroishi a great day trip

A two-hour drive west from Misawa AB gets you to Kuroishi, an attractive city that is home to impressive streets filled in traditional wooden...
Photo by MC2 Matthew Duncker

Asakusa, Japan, let's you step back in time

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 Joely Santiago

Let's go to Venice ... in Japan!

For quite a while now, I’ve heard people talk about Hakone–a “small” town near Mt. Fuji, Japan.  I put small in quotation marks because I...
Photo courtesy of Tree Cross Adventure

Let's have zippin' good time at adventure park near Atsugi!

Looking for an exciting outdoor experience to take your family or group of friends? How about a zip-lining course through a Japanese forest?...
Photos by Takiguchi Takahiro

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...

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