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Time to heat up in a Japanese onsen

Imagine soaking outdoors in a steaming hot pool made of natural rocks. You take a deep breath as you survey the panoramic mountain scenery and all...

Photo courtesy of  Tokyo Sento Association

Enjoy a soak at a sento while in Japan

Most foreigners believe that all public baths are onsen. But that’s not true. There is another type of public bath, sento, that also offers you...

The red panda is fun to watch as it climbs from branch to branch and repeats. Photo by Karin Wu

Japan zoos full of family fun!

Ueno Zoo

When you want to go to a zoo in the Tokyo area, your best option is Ueno Zoo. Located in Ueno Park quite close to...

Photo courtesy of Tree Cross Adventure

Zip yourself to a 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 Takahiro Takiguchi

Ueno offers taste of old and new

Japan’s oldest zoo, tons of museums, a French-style modern park filled with cherry trees, numerous Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, along...

Monkey Island, a symbol of Yokosuka

Monkey Island, or Sarushima in Japanese, is the largest uninhabited natural island in Tokyo Bay. The island is located a mile off Yokosuka Naval...
Photos by Linda Cordes

Fall foliage fun near Iwakuni

It’s almost that time of the year again. That time when sweaters and boots are being pulled out and soup recipes are being researched. I want to...

Photo by Nano Betts

Digital art that dazzles

Visiting teamLab Borderless is like setting on a journey that is equal parts psychedelic and brilliant. Imagine walking down a pitch-dark...
Photo courtesy by Tokyo Disney Resort

Tokyo Disneyland, DisneySea celebrating Halloween

It’s about a time to have the Halloween season 2018 coming to Tokyo Disney Resort again.
 
This year’s main attraction at...
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...

Enjoy Yamagata's natural, cultural attractions

Situated in the Northeastern part of Japan, Yamagata offers plenty of natural and cultural attractions throughout the seasons. From the...

Nankinmachi is one of the biggest Chinatowns in Japan, and features more than 100 shops selling a variety of traditional Chinese and Chinese-influenced sweets and snacks. (AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Go to Kobe for the beef, stay for the pork buns and European cityscapes

Located just one hour by train from Kyoto and just 30 minutes by train from Osaka, Kobe is a port town that rose to prominence in the 1860s as a...

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