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A sweet side trip to ‘Little Edo’ Kawagoe

Known as “Little Edo,” Kawagoe is located in neighboring Saitama Prefecture and is only 30 minutes by limited express train from central Tokyo....
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Japan Brewers Cup returns to Yokohama

With more than 35 craft breweries battling it out, the 2019 Japan Brewers Cup is set to take place Jan. 24-27, and you are invited. Are you a...
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7 things to make your winter trip even cooler

So you’ve finally landed in your dream city, Tokyo. And while everything is amazing and fun … it’s also really cold—cold enough that you don’t...
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Amazing ways to ring in a new year in Tokyo

I love Christmas festivities, but New Year’s Eve celebrations are particularly dear to my heart. Firstly, there are a lot of my family...
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Kiyosumi Gardens: A lush oasis in the heart of Tokyo

One of Tokyo’s best-kept (and most affordable) secrets, these lovely strolling gardens in the heart of Tokyo are easily accessible via metro...
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Get “spirited away” at Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Museum

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

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 —...

Tips for taking the train in Japan

Trains are the main mode of transport here in Japan. They will take you from A to B via C and loop round to D if required. The systems in place to...

Taking a train in Japan: A base-by-base breakdown

Unless you are on Okinawa, you’ll likely find the U.S. military base you are assigned to in Japan is somewhat out of the way of the big-city...

If you're in Sasebo, you need to visit Hirado

The exotic look created by traditional Japanese homes shadowed by gothic-style cathedrals and a Dutch Trading Post with stone port facilities,...

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My FAVES: Illumination Fun

Today, the holiday season in Japan is synonymous with amazing illuminations throughout the country. Beginning in November, various parks,...

Hit the road: Japan's city of water praying for peace

With a population of nearly 1.2 million, Hiroshima is the largest city in the Chugoku region of Western Honshu. It is often called “the City of...

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