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Into the Woods: Discovering the charms of Northern Japan’s ‘Blue Forest’

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Aomori is the northernmost prefecture on Honshu Island. A land of dramatic coastlines, dense forests, and a high percentage of...
Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara

Immerse yourself in Iwakuni's culture & community

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Looking down at the river and mountains from the observation room atop Iwakuni Castle, I could easily imagine why a feudal-time...

Tokyo’s top 6 towns Metropolis chooses its favorite neighborhoods in the city

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Tokyo’s a big old town. 23 wards, numerous special wards and cities and a shedload of islands. Many publications have posited...
The picturesque Nachi Waterfall

Adventuring in Kumano: A visit to Nachi Falls and surrounding waterfalls

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When you reach Mount Nachi you'll discover this area has to much to offer, from places of worship to breathtaking views. It’s...

Musing over Mie

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Mie Prefecture is one of Japan’s best-kept secrets, the kind of destination that you would only share with your close friends....

From Misawa, take a day trip along Route 103

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Misawa finds itself very close to plenty of water; the Pacific...

Konpon Daito Pagoda, Koyasan (Photo by Sarah B. Hodge)

The wonders of Wakayama: Soul-searching in Japan’s sacred Kii Mountains

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Wakayama’s rugged coastline and mountainous, heavily forested interior is home to some of Japan’s holiest shrines, temples and...
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Let Japan's biggest little city of Niigata charm you

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I have always associated the northern city of Niigata with frigid weather and heavy snowfall, full of the steep-roofed buildings...

Iwakuni eatery offers feast for eyes, palate

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If Quentin Tarantino gets a chance to come to Iwakuni, Sanzoku is the one...

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