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My FAVES: Day trippin' 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...
Photos by Sarah Hodge

Kamakura more than just a great Buddha

A convenient 20-minute train ride from Yokosuka or approximately one hour from Tokyo Station, Kamakura is a fantastic choice for a day trip that...
Photos by Sarah Hodge

Kyoto, off the beaten path

Kyoto, Japan’s imperial capital for more than a millennium, offers a wealth of picturesque temples, museums, and gardens, but with millions of...
Photos by Nano Betts

Kyoto offers plenty of places for your fall-viewing pleasure

With shorter days and crisper air – plus all the seasonal produce like mushrooms, chestnut and sweet potato filling up the shelves – I feel sad...

Takamatsu Airport launches Discover Shikoku Campaign for international visitors

Takamatsu Airport Co., Ltd., today announces the launch of a “Discover Shikoku” Campaign, aimed at attracting international visitors. The first...
Six years since its opening, Skytree remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tokyo, with long lines of visitors waiting to take in the view from the tower's observation floors on weekends.  HANA KUSUMOTO/STARS AND STRIPES

Reach new heights and take in the breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree

Want to see how big Tokyo really is? Go up Tokyo Skytree, the tallest public observation tower in the city where nothing blocks the view of the...

Photo courtesy of Hiroshima Ramen Stadium Executive Committee

RAMEN: Enjoy Japan’s best ramen in one spot this November

The fourth annual Hiroshima Ramen Stadium is back Nov. 2 - 12 at the site of the former Hiroshima Shimin Stadium.
 
If you...
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Unique farmhouses quite the sight in northern Japan

Travel around the hilly valley in the central part of northern Japan, and you will encounter an impressive rural landscape of traditional...

Halloween Happenings in Japan!

HARVEGETABLE HALLOWEEN (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Oct. 31; featuring Halloween parades, street performances and more at...
Photo by Nano Betts

Tokyo Strolls: Shimokitazawa

​Whether you’re into history, art, music, shopping, or just strolling, Tokyo is never shy on places to satisfy your creative needs. One of my...

Lessons your children learn from traveling

To quote Gustave Flaubert, “Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” Even children can become humble during...
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Yasukuni Shrine gives outlook on Japan's modern war history

Yasukuni Shrine, one of the best known Shinto shrines, has often been seen as a symbol of imperial Japan’s war history.
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