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A Dragon Ball Z figurine on display at Nakano Broadway in Tokyo. Here anime and manga lovers can find a wide variety of items, from keychains to costumes featuring their favorite characters.  ALLEN ONSTOTT/STARS AND STRIPES

Nakano Broadway sells anime merchandise for fans of all ages

For devotees of anime and manga — Japanese animated media and comic books — Tokyo has plenty of shops, cafes and even arcade games for otaku, or...

View from the Akechidaira overlook.

Ropeway provides amazing views in Nikko

The Akechidaira Ropeway, located just off the famous Irohazaka Winding Road in Nikkō, offers unsurpassable views over Lake Chūzenji and Kegon...
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 James O'Leary

Exploring Fuji Five Lakes a family adventure

You probably know all about the Saiko Forest, ice caves and different views of Fuji, but what else is there to do around Japan's great lakes?...

MY FAVES: Castles throughout Japan

Japan is home to many majestic castles. They are symbols of the country’s history, culture and pride.
 
Showcasing some the...
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Akihabara an electric town home to arcades, cafés and ... electronics!

Called Akiba for short, the Akihabara district of Tokyo is known as electric town. With hundreds of shops, ranging from tiny one-man stalls...

Time to discover the hidden islands of Tokyo

Swimming in crystal clear sea water in a hidden cove, hiking through an untouched forest and watching spectacular stars shoot through the evening...

Atsugi spa a natural for healthy and smooth skin

Situated on the hilly terrain of Tanzawa mountain range, Nanasawa Onsen is a quiet and somber natural hot spring resort, known as “spa for the...

Life’s a Beach in Shimoda

When you think of Japan sparkling, blue-water beaches are probably not what come to mind. I didn’t think that kind of beach existed here. I’m...

In the Healing Baden area, visitors can use stone sauna and rest on sofas and warm wood-floored space, which has Asian resort style decoration. COURTESY OF TOKYO DOME CORPORATION

5-story Tokyo spa resort offers various modes of relaxation, stays open overnight

In Japan, one doesn’t need to travel far to enjoy the many natural hot springs — or onsens in Japanese — the country has to offer. In fact, it is...

Photo by Simone Armer

The hidden gem of Mt Fuji

Lake Shoji is a hidden gem at the base of Mt Fuji. The smallest of the Fuji Five lakes, it is beautifully quiet and serene, and completely removed...

VR offers new look at century-old ship

Get a glimpse of the past, with some help from the future, when you visit Memorial Ship Mikasa just outside Yokosuka Naval Base.
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