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Shuzenji: Hot spring resort boasts natural beauty, rich history

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...
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Strolling in Ueno offers taste of old and new

Japan’s oldest zoo, tons of museums, a French-style modern park filled with cherry trees, numerous Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, along with...

Gotokuji Temple: A home of Maneki-neko beckoning cats

Some say that if you’ve seen one shrine in Japan you’ve seen them all. While many do look alike, there are plenty others which stand out with...

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...
Photos by Thomas Beecher

Noodle Town: Yokohama’s tribute to an iconic Japanese cuisine

There’s a lot to get excited about in Yokohama. Grand architecture, abundant restaurants and shops, and world-class sporting—go Baystars!—make...
Photos by Simone Armer

Forest therapy in the Inohae Valley

In the mountains of Kitago, Nichinan, there is a hidden ravine that has the ability to relieve its visitors of their ailments. It’s not local...
Photos by Fritz Suga, Stripes Japan

Multi-cultural fest to be held near Atsugi on Oct. 7-8

In Japan, autumn is a season of many cultural activities and festivals.
 
And for those in the NAF Atsugi area looking to...
Photos by Nano Betts

Spending a perfect day in Bali

Despite us having only five days to spare in Bali, I couldn’t possibly leave the island without seeing Ubud, the culture capital of the island....
Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Braids of glory: Giant game of tug-of-war returns to Naha, Okinawa Oct. 8

On a sunny day in late September, about ten locals in work clothes braid one straw-rope after another at Naha Military Port.
 
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Photos courtesy of Amy Merdian

My paradise: Take a tour and taste Taipei

When we decided to move to Tokyo for a couple of years, one of the big draws to the big move, was the ability to travel around the Pacific - a...

What is your travel style?

I won’t lie, I have never put much thought into my “travel style” until my fabulous blogger friend Angie from Silverspoon London tagged me in her...

A mound of ice is illuminated by a blue light at the Fugaku Fuketsu Wind Cave in Yamanashi, Japan. Both the Narusawa Hyouketsu Ice Cave and the wind cave stay an average temperature of 37 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David Owsianka)

Exploring Japan’s ice, wind cave

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Head in the opposite direction of Tokyo, toward the base of Mt. Fuji, and one can experience a stark contrast in the...

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