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What’s the deal with Golden Week?

Ever wonder why cities clear out and airports, train stations and tourist traps are all abuzz from late April to early May? It’s a time of year...
The stone path leading toward the bridge

Scenic park offers escape in the heart of Naha

If you've seen the main sights of Naha, and would like to 'get away from it all' without leaving the city, Sueyoshi Koen is the perfect...

Sasebo Citizens Cultural Hall (Photos by David Krigbaum)

Exploring 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 scale I haven’...

5 things that make Okinawa outshine the rest

For a mere freckle on the map, Okinawa enjoys enormous popularity. And despite the land and people being grossly burdened by decades of conflict...

Let's explore marvelous Miyako Jima in Okinawa

Miyako Jima’s scenic crystal clear waters and white sand beaches have long been considered one of  Japan’s most beautiful destinations.

Its...

Visitors to the Naeba Prince Hotel in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, try out virtual-reality skiing. SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES

Naeba hotel a great base for skiing — even if you don’t spend the night

At Naeba Prince Hotel — nestled in Japan’s third-largest ski area about two and a half hours northwest of Tokyo — it’s easy to imagine you’re...

Waves crash against the 200-foot cliffs at Hedo Point, the northern-most spot on Okinawa, on Oct. 18, 2015. The point is a popular tourist destination, and makes for a good day trip from Kadena Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tim Flack)

Exploring Okinawa's Hedo Point a great day trip

KADENA AIR BASE - North, or south? That's the sort of question that can best be answered by the flip of a coin when you're considering a weekend...

4 tips to have the best Airbnb experience

If you’re like me, you’re always trying to get the best bang for your buck on vacation. Whether it’s asking locals for the best recommendations...

Have a world of fun at Okinawa's Kids World

Kids World has a variety of different types of activities such as a grand entrance where you see many flowers in all colors, sizes, and shapes,...

Photos by Alexander Mutuc

Off-base markets produce fresh alternative on Okinawa

I heard about a small market named the Banana Stand somewhere near Kadena Air Base with a “decent variety” of affordable produce. When I finally...

Alfons Mucha paintings on display at Urasoe Art Museum

The Alfons Mucha Exhibition, Flower of Art Nouveau is now being displayed at the Urasoe Art Museum. Mucha, who was born in Chech in 1860, is now...

Ie Island Lily Festival kicks off April 22

The earliest lily festival in Japan comes back to Ie island April 22-May 6. This annual event features about 100 kinds of lilies from around the...

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