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Get your tickets for Japan's Fuji Rock & Summer Sonic fests

With headliners from Bob Dylan and Kendrick Lamar to Chance The Rapper and Nine Inch Nails, Japan’s two big summer music gatherings are sure to...
A temple in the Lost River Delta area of DisneySea dares brave visitors to ride Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull.  CAITLIN DOORNBOS/STARS AND STRIPES

Tokyo DisneySea offers plenty of nautical adventure with a touch of Disney magic

Nestled along the shoreline of Tokyo Bay, Tokyo DisneySea lives up to its nautically themed name — and its Disney theme park heritage.

The...

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Travel safety tips for families

“Are We There Yet?”
 
Repeatedly hearing that phrase isn’t the only risk involved in traveling with family. Don’t get us...

Not far from Misawa, Kuroishi a great day trip

A two-hour drive west from Misawa AB gets you to Kuroishi, an attractive city that is home to impressive streets filled in traditional wooden...
Photo by MC2 Matthew Duncker

Asakusa, Japan, let's you step back in time

In northeast Tokyo, at the very end of the Ginza Line on the Tokyo Metropolitan Subway, lies a part of the city that has existed for over a...

Photos by Joely Santiago

Let's go to Venice ... in Japan!

For quite a while now, I’ve heard people talk about Hakone–a “small” town near Mt. Fuji, Japan.  I put small in quotation marks because I...
Photos by Takiguchi Takahiro

My faves: One-day destinations 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...
In the Japanese art of kintsugi, chipped ceramics are repaired with epoxy and clay and painted with gold dust.  DENISSE RAUDA/STARS AND STRIPES

Japanese art of kintsugi repairs — and celebrate — what’s broken

In a society where flaws are often considered a negative, it is a rarity to see them celebrated — or even accentuated. When something breaks or...

A 50-meter-long, 250-ton H-II launch vehicle stands in Rocket Plaza near the main gate of the Tsukuba Space Center in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. (ALLEN ONSTOTT/STARS AND STRIPE)

A visit to Japan's space center can be out of this world

The Tsukuba Space Center is the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s version of NASA mission control.

You can take an English-language tour...

Matsumoto Castle Photo by Sarah B. Hodge

Exploring Nagano

Nagano is synonymous with the 1998 Winter Olympics and as a haven for skiers and snowboarders chasing powder snow, but this landlocked...
 Members from Yokota Air Base descend to the bottom of Mt. Fuji, Japan, July 28, 2017. The path down the mountain is much smoother than trek up, but is still challenging due to amount of pressure that is put on the hikers knees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Climbing Mt. Fuji - once in a lifetime experience

Yokota Air Base, Japan -- When one hears the words “active volcano” one of the last things that may come to mind is hiking... But, every year...

A great place to make soba near Misawa

Next to Misawa Air Base, Tonami-an offers a class on making handmade soba noodles (teuchi-soba). I recently took the class, located in Tohoku-...

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