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Idyllic Yongshou China

Have you ever seen a traditional Chinese painting with a river running between dramatically steep mountains, verdant misty valleys, maybe a little...

Hands-on animal experience

Mother Bokujo Farm Experience

Mother Farm, aka Mother Bokujo (or マザー牧場 if you are so inclined), is a fantastic family outing approximately 2 hours south of Tokyo in the verdant...

Celebrating Buddha’s birthday

Children poured sweet tea to celebrate Buddha’s birthday at Chokoku-ji temple, Tokyo on April 8

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The views of Mt. Fuji from Kawaguchi-ko Music Forest are spectacular. (Seth Robson/Stars and Stripes)

Kawaguchiko Music Forest in Japan dedicated to instruments

Are you the sort of person who is enchanted by music boxes?

The Kawaguchiko Music Forest is a kind of mecca for those who find...

Photo courtesy of Edo Tokyo Museum

Edo Tokyo museum in Ryogoku

A daunting three-story escalator whisks you away from modern-day Tokyo and plants you face-to-face with the historic Nihon-Bashi, which serves as...

Kaga-Hakusan in southwest Ishikawa

Kaga-Hakusan in the Hokuriku region of south-western Ishikawa Prefecture is blessed with beautiful nature and natural hot springs. The Kaga Onsen-...

A child watches as two Sika deer play among the crowd on Itsukushima, Nov. 4, 2012. Made tame through continual human interaction, the deer have a tendency to approach and follow any persons who show too much kindness in supplying treats. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Benjamin Pryer)

Little island in sea swells with ceremonial purpose

Itsukushima may not sound familiar to many station residents, but it’s a location many can visit in their travels throughout Japan, considering it...

Courtesy of Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau

Grab a mask and snorkel!

Over the next couple of weeks, Shinto priests will hold umi biraki (opening of the sea) ceremonies to purify the water and make the beaches a safe...

A guide paddles by the mouth of the underground river during a tour of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in the Philippines.

Go underground on a river tour in the Philippines

If you look up, keep your mouth closed.

That is the first and perhaps most crucial piece of advice you will get from guides at one of...

Mothers, with a kid on their back, take snaps of the older kids playing with the yellow blossoms

Yellow flowers at Hamarikyu Garden

In the middle of March, at the onset of the spring, the flowers at Hamarikyu Garden in Shimbashi start to bloom, with the rapeseed yellow flowers...

My trip to India

Editor’s Note: New Kanto Stripes writer Tetsuo Nakahara took a trip of a lifetime to India in 2009. We hope you enjoy his story. If you have a...

A Peach of a way to travel

If you have tried to get around Japan, you may notice that airfare is little expensive, or “spendy” as it’s called in the Pacific Northwest. And...

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