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Children discover mysteries of work at KidZania

Editor's note: If you're looking for something fun and educational for your kids, you should check out KidZania. 

Parents beware! Once you...

An advanced student begins a turn after taking off from the top of the intermediate hill (Photo courtesy of Bryan Baier)

Paragliding with the Wind Kids

Looking for an adventure this weekend? How about paragliding? The Wind Kids Paragliding Club offers one day (4~5 hour) paragliding courses at...

With a 121-degree drop angle, Takabisha is the steepest roller coaster in the world.  Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes

Mount Fuji: Find coaster thrills and fun for all at Fuji-Q Highland

Thrill-seeking families looking for a roller coaster fix during the warmer months need look no further than Mount Fuji.
At the foot of...

Sumiyoshi Shrine (Photo courtesy of Nicole Bauer)

A Day in Hakata, Fukuoka City

Initially saw Fukuoka City just as a gateway for our little road trip around Fukuoka, Kumamoto and Oita prefectures, and I had not planned to...

This was a free experience (Photo courtesy of Stacy Kurokawa)

Nikko Edo Wonderland

On a sunny yet cool Saturday morning in early-March, we gathered, full of anticipation, at the entrance to Nikko Edo Wonderland in Tochigi...

A monkey named Big and a trainer perform at the Kawaguchiko Monkey Performance Theater near the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan. (Seth Robson/Stars and Stripes)

Mount Fuji: Monkeys shine at Suou Monkey Show

Performing monkeys were once a staple of live entertainment in the western world.

It wasn’t long ago that zoo visitors could enjoy...

Onsen Art

Onsen resort towns seem to have realized that it takes more than scenic views and hot baths to maintain the steady stream of tourists their local...

Thomas the Train in kid-friendly 3D at Thomas Land

Play Dates

Mickey and Minnie may reign supreme in Tokyo’s crowded amusement park market, but Kitty-chan is throwing her weight around at Puroland and Thomas...

Kamiwari rock formation, taken with a long exposure.

Kamiwarizaki campground: The whale, the god and the rock

Legend has it that two villages came upon a beached whale. The whale was a gift from gods as it could feed the villagers for a long time, provide...

Photo by Mary A. (Kiddie Ruggieri. From the collectionof Mary A. (Kiddie) Ruggieri. Copyright 1946-2012, all right reserved.

Exhibit offers rare snapshot of postwar Japan

In honor of next year’s 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Yokohama Archives of History is hosting “Unforgotten Memories,” an exhibition...

An audience watches Sumo wrestlers, or rikishi, begin a match recently at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall. Before a match, sumo wrestlers execute traditional movements, which are actually ancient rituals. For example, upon entering the ring, each rikishi will clap their hands as they would at an actual Shinto shrine to get the attention of the deity at that shrine. Photo by Maj. Giuseppe A. Stavale

Japan's national sport influenced by history

TOKYO, Japan - If you have not been to a sumo match then your Japan experience may be incomplete. Sumo is Japan’s national sport and has its...

A gallery room of The Okinawa Gallery of Culture and History is conveniently located in a shopping arcade near Kadena Air Base's Gate 2. Chiyomi Sumida/Stars and Stripes

Okinawa: Gallery reflects U.S. military presence in the '50s through the '70s

A history gallery in Okinawa City connects visitors with American servicemembers who once lived on the island and underwent the difficult times of...