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Art and relaxation: A day in laid-back and cultural Kobe

Most people associate Kobe with its world-famous beef and stunning night views. Both definitely live up to their reputation and should not be...
The entrance of a former poison gas storehouse used by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II at Okunoshima, Japan, March 25, 2017. The island is home to hundreds of wild rabbits that visitors are allowed to feed and pet, and has the standing remains of other buildings used by the army to create chemical weapons during World War II. Service members from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni took a free bus ride to the island courtesy of the Single Marine Program. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Carlos Jimenez)

Iwakuni residents make trip to infamous island

OKUNOSHIMA, Japan -- Service members from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, took a free bus ride courtesy of the Single Marine Program, to...

Photo by Rey Waters

Matsuyama a hidden gem in Japan

On a chilly rainy October morning we left Yokohama and flew to Hiroshima, boarded a bus to Onomichi and then a second bus to Imabari. The bus...

Kyushu: What do you know about Japan’s 3rd largest island?

Kyushu, the third largest island in Japan, is home to some of the best sake, the most onsen, and much, much more. Let’s take a closer look at...
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 David Krigbaum

Meiji-mura: A victorian village in Japan

It was a period of rapid change. Men and women walked in kimono and the latest haikara (high-collar) Western fashions on noisy streets of horses...
A visitor to the Kazura Bridge completes the 45-meter walk across the bridge. (AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Tokushima Prefecture’s attractions go beyond the Awa Odori festival season

When I think of the main attractions of Tokushima, the prefecture where I was born and raised, a few things come to mind: Beautiful landscapes,...

Photos courtesy of Sora Culture Festival Executive Committee

Traditional arts on display at Iwakuni festival Nov. 24

In Japan, many consider autumn the best season to appreciate the arts. The nice weather makes visiting a museum or music hall extra enjoyable....
Silky blue, Kamado Jigoku, photo by Diagoras Kalaitzoglou

Beppu a hot spring haven in Japan

Beppu, one of the best hot spring cities in the world, is also known for its “hells” (in Japanese “jigoku”). Seven photogenic hot springs which...
Photos by Rey Waters

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse: Unique shopping and entertainment in historic buildings

The Yokohama Bay area is packed with attractions and events that can meet just about every desire. For the past three years, I have walked from...

The best holiday gifts for your favorite travelers

Travelers can be especially difficult to shop for during the holiday season. What do you get for friends or loved ones who would rather be off...
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...

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