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Exploring Korea: Top things to do on the ROK

Korea has been good to our family both times we’ve been stationed here. We have enjoyed the small town feel of Osan Air Base; running into...
Ogawara-ko Photo by Wikipedia

Tohoku-machi a perfect day trip from Misawa

A 20-minute drive from Misawa Air Base will lead you to Tohoku-machi, located on the southwest coast of Lake Ogawara in Aomori Prefecture. There...

Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Modern America meets traditional Japanese outside Yokota

Toshiaki Oohashi, who works for Fussa City, would describe it as a place where traditional Japanese spirit and an American atmosphere meet. With...
Photos by Norio Muroi

Nemo attraction a hit at Tokyo’s DisneySea

Disney’s “Nemo & Friends SeaRider” has been a crowd pleaser at Tokyo’s DisneySea since opening last year.
 
The indoor...
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi and Futoshi Shinozuka

MISAWA: Pro-American city offers plenty of natural and gastronomical attractions

Located in the north end of mainland of Honshu, Misawa City is home to a U.S. Air Force Base as well as a popular tourist destination with...
Photos by Takiguchi Takahiro

My Faves: UNESCO World Heritage sites in Japan

Japan is home to many tourist attractions - both natural and cultural - and as of 2018, 22 are registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
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Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Japanese resort town of Shuzenji perfect for day trip

If you are on a U.S. military installation in the Kanto Plain and are looking for a one-day trip to experience a traditional Japanese hot spring...
Cinderella Castle at dusk. Photo courtesy of Michael Kaplan May 2008

Explore Japan's Magic Kingdom

For more than thirty years, Tokyo Disneyland has entertained millions of guests throughout its 115 acres of attractions, shopping areas and...

Take a trip through time at The Railway Museum in Saitama

Considered a sanctuary for rail-fans of all ages, The Railway Museum, or Tetsudo Hakubutsukan, attracts more than 1 million visitors a year.

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Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Zamami Paradise: Okinawan island highlighted by TripAdvisor’s top beach in Japan

After a prior trip to Zamami Island, I told myself I’d return to experience more of the island that features TripAdvisor’s top beach in Japan....
Children participate in the "Piglet Parade" on Nov. 3, 2017, during the Japan Bacon Festival in Kofu, Japan.  COURTESY OF BLUE RIBBON BACON FESTIVAL

Yamanashi Prefecture to go whole hog at second annual Japan Bacon Festival

Japan is a nation famous for its festival traditions. The celebrations — which can range from the rowdy and rambunctious, to the spiritual and...

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