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Nearby island provides perfect getaway

Once the home of coastal artillery guarding the entrance to Tokyo bay, picturesque Jogashima Island is now known for its serene hiking paths,...

Great escape: Archeology in Akita

Pack your Indiana Jones hat and head to Honshu’s northernmost capital city for a visit to the past in Aomori. From there head south past Lake...

The suspended B-29 model that greets visitors on the third floor of The Center of the Tokyo Raids and War Damage was previously used in a Japanese film.  Toshio Suzuki/Stars and Stripes

Center preserves wartime memory of the Great Tokyo Air Raid

Despite the ongoing war in the Pacific and periodic bombing of Tokyo, it was quiet the evening of March 9, 1945, and 8-year-old Haruyo Nihei could...

Photo by Stuart Simpson

Walking tour of old Kathmandu

We were lost. We were only 10 minutes out the door of our guesthouse. We were even told where to go, or so we thought … Yet, we were lost....

The curved atrium of the four and half star Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in Shibuya in West Tokyo (Photo by Bonson Lam)

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel Shibuya

This grand hotel towers above its neighbors in the business end of Shibuya. On a fine day you can see Mount Fuji on one side and Tokyo Tower on...

TACHIKAWA, Japan -- A woman walks through a field of flowers at Showa Kinen Park May 5, 2013. According to their website, Showa Park was part of a project to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Emperor Showa’s reign. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Washburn)

Explore for a day: Showa Park

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Right outside the main gate lies a wealth of adventure just waiting to be found. New food, music, language, clothing and...

Two days of guaranteed artistic chaos!

One of the largest original art events in the world, featuring eclectic and eccentric work from over 10,000 international artists and fueled by...

Tokyo Gate Bridge from Wakasu Park. Photo courtesy of Manish

Walking across Tokyo Gate Bridge

As it's just three kilometers away from my home, taking a walk over the newly constructed Tokyo Gate Bridge (opened to traffic in February 2012)...

Yamashita Park is a great place to chill out.

Yokohama

Hello, and welcome to Yokohama!

Everyone who lives here in Japan — Japanese and foreigners alike — admire the port city of Yokohama....

A gatepost and wall are all that remains from Japan's notorious Kinkaseki prison camp in Jinguashi, Taiwan. Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes

Taiwan: Horrors of Japanese POW camps revealed to visitors at Kinkaseki

They were little more than skeletons clad in rags, skin stretched over bone. The scars they bore told the story of some of Japan’s most brutal...

Photo courtesy of Warrior Dash

Go wild in the country

If you’ve taken part in a race, chances are you won’t have been overtaken by Elvis, Hello Kitty and a vigorously clucking giant chicken. That...

Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo: (03) 3270-8800. Standard room rate ¥45,000. http://www.mandarinoriental.com/tokyo

Home But Away: Take a “staycation” at Tokyo’s luxury hotels

When we think about great city hotels they tend to be iconic destinations in their own right. The Ritz in Paris, the Plaza in New York, Raffles in...

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