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Taking a train in Japan: A base-by-base breakdown

Unless you are on Okinawa, you’ll likely find the U.S. military base you are assigned to in Japan is somewhat out of the way of the big-city...
Two Air Force C-130J Super Hercules fly over Yamanashi prefecture, Japan, after conducting airdrop training missions, March 26, 2018.  YASUO OSAKABE/U.S. AIR FORCE;

As another Mount Fuji climbing season ends, iconic peak’s military connections stand firm

Halfway to the sixth station of Mount Fuji’s Subashiri trail, artillery shells could be heard exploding Monday from a Japanese Ground Self-Defense...

Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Take a tasty tour of Japan's Namamugi’s Kirin Factory

Much like in America, beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in Japan. Whether it’s a BBQ, family gathering or just a good ol’ party, there’s...

The view from Mount Nesugata above Shimoda

11 things to see and do in beautiful Izu

Formed by the lava flow from a massive ancient eruption of Mount Fuji, the Izu Peninsula is close enough to Tokyo and has enough to see and do to...

7 best things to do in Phuket

Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, also the main hub for island hopping. It is, without a doubt, one of the top destinations not only in...
Photos by Nano Betts

Kyoto will leave you breathless! Check these spots out!

With a few long holiday weekends coming up, why not hop onto the bullet train and be whisked away to Kyoto? Expect narrow winding streets that...

Photos by Linda Cordes

A day in beautiful Tsunoshima

Tsunoshima is one of my favorite places in Yamaguchi Prefecture. To be honest, I didn’t think there was going to be anything interesting beyond...
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Mount Hakkoda offers natural beauty near Misawa

Located near Misawa Air Base, Mount Hakkoda consists of several volcanic peaks and is a must-see attraction. 
 
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Discover Miyajima, the godly island near Iwakuni

If you are stationed on Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, or happen to be visiting there, you will definitely want to check out Kintaikyo Bridge...

Located aside the Tama River, Ozawa Shuzo is housed in traditional brewery buildings built in the 19th century.

Brewery on Japan riverside makes high-end sake

After enjoying strolling through Ome City, I visited a traditional brewery located three stations outside of town.
 
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Photos by Takiguchi Takahiro

Step into the Showa era with trip to Ome

Located on the west end of Tokyo, one hour from Yokota Air Base, Ome is an attractive town filled with nostalgia, traditional buildings, cartoon...
Photos by Tom Shepard

Five things to enjoy in Tsushima

Approximately 60 km off the coast of Busan, Tsushima Island and its sleepy port cities of Hitakatsu and Izuhara are quaint spots packed with...

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