The best holiday gifts for your favorite travelers

Travelers can be especially difficult to shop for during the holiday season. What do you get for friends or loved ones who would...
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Japanese resort town of Shuzenji perfect for day trip

If you are on a U.S. military installation in the Kanto Plain and are looking for a one-day trip to experience a traditional...
Photos by David Krigbaum

Let's explore the naval history outside Sasebo’s gates

One of the things I like the most about living in Sasebo is that its naval history surrounds me and is accessible as well as on a...

Hittin’ the slopes on the mainland Japan

It will soon be skiing and snowboarding season, and if you are in Japan, you couldn’t be in a better place!

MY FAVES: Where to soak in an Onsen

Japan is known as a treasure box of hot springs. In fact, there are 3,084 hot spring sites along with 20,972 bathing facilities...

Soak it all in at a Japanese onsen


Imagine soaking outdoors in a steaming hot pool made of natural rocks. You take a deep breath as you survey the panoramic mountain...

All aboard! Take a trip through time at Saitama's Railway Museum


Considered a sanctuary for rail-fans of all ages, The Railway Museum, or Tetsudo Hakubutsukan, attracts more than 1 million...

Photos by Sarah B. Hodge

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

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


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


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