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Zamami Paradise: Okinawan island highlighted by TripAdvisor’s top beach in Japan

After a prior trip to Zamami Island, I told myself I’d return to experience more of the island that features TripAdvisor’s top beach in Japan....

5 things to do while traveling solo

As any traveler can tell you, traveling alone carries its own benefits and disadvantages. For some people, doing activities by themselves are as...

Exploring Okinawa’s historical sites

World of “Ryukyu” Led by nine World Heritage Sites Okinawa was formerly called the “Ryukyu Kingdom” from the 14th to 16th century. Nine ...

Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Yasukuni Shrine gives outlook on modern war history

Yasukuni Shrine, one of the best known Shinto shrines, has often been seen as a symbol of imperial Japan’s war history.
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Lessons your children learn from traveling

To quote Gustave Flaubert, “Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” Even children can become humble during...

Impressive shrine sits on godly island near Iwakuni

One of Japan’s three most scenic attractions, the must-see Miyajima Island is just 40-minute drive from MCAS Iwakuni.
 
The...
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Pair of historical festivals taking place on Okinawa

While fireworks, shaved ice, beer, and music may define many summer festivals in Okinawa, those in the fall often come with one more highlight:...

Get away from it all at Kadena Marina

On Okinawa, a vacation can be just a five-minute drive away.
 
One mile away from Gate 1 of Kadena Air Base, Kadena Marina...

Dive, Dive, Dive! Take the plunge off Okinawa’s shores

The Okinawa archipelago is known as one of the world’s best diving destinations, having a number of coral species and marine lives as large as...

Chiang Mai Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Guide

Thailand is home to the largest land animal alive today, and it happens to be the icon of Thailand. Can you guess what it is? Yes, elephants....
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DMZ, a symbol of peace and culture

The Demilitarized Zone, more commonly referred to as the DMZ, was set up and agreed upon during the armistice agreement. Roughly 20 years later,...

Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Campers in for a treat at Okinawa's White Beach

White Beach Naval Facility is not just for ships making port calls to replenish their food supply and load up troops. The U.S. base is also a...

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