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Carved dragons, which become giant thanks to forced perspective, accessorize staircases at the Yamaguchi Kannon temple in Kamiyamaguchi. (LEON COOK/STARS AND STRIPES)

Bike trail near western Tokyo more about journey than destination

If you’re looking for a place to pedal or jog to your heart’s content, a place free of traffic lights and mobs of pedestrians, with more...

Clam up and start digging in Japan

Clam digging, or Shiohigari, is one of many popular outdoor activities for all generations in Japan from April to the end of June.  For me, it’s...

Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Indoor batting cages for all ages in Yokosuka

On a cold day, not uncommon this time of year in Japan, my wife and I had just finished some shopping at a mall near Yokosuka Naval Base.
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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...
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

A journey to Enoshima Isand and aquarium

For those who enjoy marine life, beaches and history, there is a place located within Fujisawa City, Japan, that is a worthwhile adventure.
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10 Best Ways to ​Handle ​Travel Challenges​​ Like A Pro​

More often than not, we tend to bring back home the fondest memories of our vacations and travel experiences. However, the truth is, there are...
Nagasaki City’s Mitsubishi Sumiyoshi Tunnel Arms Factory manufactured aircraft torpedoes in the final days of World War II and was witness to the horrors of the atomic bombing on Aug. 9. 1945.  MATT BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES

Nagasaki Tunnel Arms Factory became a refuge for victims of the world’s second atomic bombing

History can be found anywhere if one looks close enough — including under the road you’re driving on.

Nagasaki City’s Mitsubishi Sumiyoshi...

Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Okinawa Island hopping: 3 days, 3 islands, $300

Stripes Okinawa writer Shoji Kudaka is on a mission: Explore three Okinawan islands in three days and try to keep the cost around $300.
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Photos by MC2 Matthew Duncker

Explore Enoshima

South of Tokyo and lying within the shadow of Mount Fuji is an area of Kanagawa that is an anomaly compared to the rest of the region, Enoshima...
Photos by Nano Betts

Omotesando & Harajuku are full of fun things to do

We all have our favorite places in the city we live in and Harajuku/Omotesando areas have definitely been mine. Two centrally-located...
Photos by Elizabeth Scally

Hanata-en Garden: One of greater Tokyo’s secret gardens

For visitors seeking the quintessential classic Japanese landscape, Tokyo offers great expanses of greenery and ponds at gardens such as...
Photo by Nano Betts

9 travel tips and lessons learned

I wouldn’t trade the thrill of traveling for anything, but as joyous and fulfilling my worldly adventures have been, I had my fair share of...

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