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Route 20 for a drive out of Tokyo

For a pleasant drive out of Tokyo, eschew the expressway for the more scenic route of the Koshu Kaido (Route 20).

Assuming you have the time...

Cherry blossoms with a distant view of Mt. Fuji. Photos courtesy of Tanaka Juuyah

Yokohama to Kamakura: A walk from Kanazawa Bunko Station with Fuji views

This is a great day trip, especially if you live near Yokohama and can only reach the trail head by public transport. This easy 10km walk goes up...

Wonderland museum plays tricks on eyes

Opinions on why we see optical illusions date as far back as the theories put forth by philosophers Epicharmus and Protagorus in the fifth century...

Where da locals go for da kine onolicious . . .

If you only had one chance to visit the gastronomical paradise once known as the Sandwich Islands, here is what I would recommend for your trip to...

Great escape: Outsiders in Nagatoro

The entire town of Nagatoro in Saitama Prefecture, just two hours from Tokyo, is a designated prefectural natural park, with the gorgeous Arakawa...

Photo by Jessica A Page

Mount Fuji: A Day-trip Climb

Is this your year to conquer the iconic Mt. Fuji on a day trip? Well, maybe my story will help you make up your mind. Or maybe it will conjure up...

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A replica of President William Jefferson Clinton's birthplace home sits conspicuously next to an Okinawan golf course at the Kanucha Bay Resort in Nago.  Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes

Okinawa: Replica of Bill Clinton's birthplace home makes an odd landmark

Japanese architecture is so distinct that any American-style residence in the country sticks out like a sore thumb.

The simple white...

Spanish colonial architecture of Vigan City, Ilocos Sur/Philippine Department of Tourism photo

Treasures near the Pearl of the Orient

The Philippines is a country blessed with nature, rich culture and arts, delicious cuisine and warmhearted people.

This country is a great...

The water tunnel is the largest draw at Shinagawa Aquarium, giving visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the sea life. Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes

Dive into Tokyo’s Shinagawa Aquarium

There’s no shortage of aquariums in Tokyo.

Some, like Ikebukuro’s Sunshine Aquarium, are located inside high-rise buildings. Others...

Having somewhere to sit after a day of walking is fantastic.  Photo courtesy of Rufus Starbuck

Heading to Fuji Rock Festival

The Fuji Rock Festival is one of Japan's biggest outdoor music festivals. It is held at Naeba Ski Resort on the last weekend in July each year (so...

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