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Kuroishi: A relaxing retreat with a view not far from Misawa

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...
People view marine life swimming through the Sagami Bay tank at the Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa City, Japan, Oct. 25, 2015. A variety of marine life, including sting rays, sharks, jelly fish and penguins can be seen throughout the aquarium. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David Owsianka

Journeys through Japan: Enoshima aquarium & island

374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs -- For those who enjoy marine life, beaches and history, there is a place located within Fujisawa City, Japan,...

Photos by Nano Betts

Wakayama’s hot spring resort

“Don’t worry about it, everything that happens is for a reason, you just don’t know what it is yet.”​ said Laureen, my lovely travel companion,...
Photo by Nano Betts

Tokyo’s beautiful foliage: My top 5 Japanese gardens

I know what you are thinking right now, Christmas season is in full swing and here I am writing about fall. But the thing is, we have been well...

Photo courtesy of Sherilyn Siy

5 Things to love about rest stops in Japan

Japanese rest stops redefine what service areas are supposed to be. Shortly before pulling into the Tomobe SA after a two hour drive, our...

Best spots for a creative Tokyo date

Romantic moments are completely achievable in the capital with a bit of investigation and a splash of creativity. As we reach optimum...

Travel Korea: Best places to see the autumn leaves

With fall just around the corner and the temperatures beginning to fluctuate daily, it will be just a few short weeks before the changing of the...

A 50-meter-long, 250-ton H-II launch vehicle stands in Rocket Plaza near the main gate of the Tsukuba Space Center in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. (ALLEN ONSTOTT/STARS AND STRIPE)

A visit to Japan's space center can be out of this world

The Tsukuba Space Center is the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s version of NASA mission control.

You can take an English-language tour...

Check out these fests near you: Mifuneyama Garden Autumn Light-Up

The Mifuneyama Garden, or Mifuneyama Rakuen, located just outside Takeo Onsen in Saga Prefecture, hosts an annual autumn light-up event to...

Expo to feature vintage, e-bikes Nov. 3-5

Cycle Mode International 2017 is slated for Nov. 3 to 5, highlighting the popularity of cycling in Tokyo as an economic, healthy and ecofriendly...

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