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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 Nano Betts

A treat for the senses at Mt. Takao

Every time I think I have exhausted discovering the beauty of Japan, I find a new place or space that takes my breath away. Although, as much as...

Atsugi spa a natural for healthy and smooth skin

Situated on the hilly terrain of Tanzawa mountain range, Nanasawa Onsen is a quiet and somber natural hot spring resort, known as “spa for the...

Omotesando Hills: Make a stop at one of Tokyo’s upscale shopping malls

Looking for something fancy? You've come to the right place.
 
Omotesando Hills is an upscale shopping center built along a...
Gozabune Atakemaru Cruise (Photos by Ignatius Koh)

Discover Tokyo Bay in style

Tokyo Bay is a winding stretch of water that offers extraordinary views of the city's skyline — not just on land. Near Shiba Celestine Hotel,...
Photos by Nano Betts

Ome azelea garden wows

Spring in Japan is a beautiful thing. While cherry blossoms steal all the show (see my latest Week of Sakura Hunting series), there are numerous...

2nd holiday of Golden Week is May 3

Ever wonder why cities clear out and airports, train stations and tourist traps are all abuzz from late April to early May? It’s a time of year...

Hogwarts at night with the Black Lake which is a special feature of the Japanese Universal Studios (Photo courtesy of Camille Dufour-Blain)

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Osaka

If you are like me, when you heard that Universal Studios Japan was opening a Wizarding World of Harry Potter area at its theme park in Osaka, you...

Big city, bright lights: It's time to get your Osaka on!

As a member of the Keihanshin industrial zone along with nearby Kyoto and Kobe, Osaka may be more famed internationally as Western Japan’s hub of...

Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara, Stripes Japan

Then & now: A close look at Nagasaki

Nagasaki was Japan’s first prefecture to open its doors to the outside world in the 19th century. Today, the Western influences of those early...

Thunder Dolphin passes through the Big O, the world's first centerless Ferris wheel, at the Tokyo Dome City theme park. (LEON COOK/STARS AND STRIPES)

Take plunge on Tokyo Dome Coaster

It's named for a friendly sea mammal, but a ride on this roller coaster at the Tokyo Dome City theme park will set your heart racing.

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