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Musing over Mie

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

Distillery tours on Okinawa

Several awamori distillers allow visitors to tour their facilities for free. Visit one and take a closer look at the art of distilling awamori....

Photos by David Krigbaum

Meiji-mura: A victorian village in Japan

It was a period of rapid change. Men and women walked in kimono and the latest haikara (high-collar) Western fashions on noisy streets of horses...
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

MATSUMOTO: More than an elegant castle town

Located in the central basin of mainland of Japan, the elegant castle city of Matsumoto is surrounded by beautiful plateaus and the towering...
Photos courtesy of Grand Sumo Tournament Okinawa Planning Committee

Grand Sumo makes its way back to Okinawa

If catching a sumo tournament is still on your bucket list during your stay on Okinawa, now’s your chance.
Photos by Linda Cordes

Fall foliage fun near Iwakuni

It’s almost that time of the year again. That time when sweaters and boots are being pulled out and soup recipes are being researched. I want to...

Paintball field near White Beach a total blast!

Do you paintball? If so, Navy MWR Okinawa has the fields for you!
Formerly X-Splat Paintball, Jungle Raid Paintball is now...
Photo by Michael Flemming/JapanTravel

From caves to kitsch, Okinawa World inspires all!

Whether you have kids or not, the coolest place on the island can be found at Okinawa World.  Located about 20 minutes southeast of Naha, in Nanju...

Six years since its opening, Skytree remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tokyo, with long lines of visitors waiting to take in the view from the tower's observation floors on weekends.  HANA KUSUMOTO/STARS AND STRIPES

Reach new heights and take in the breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree

Want to see how big Tokyo really is? Go up Tokyo Skytree, the tallest public observation tower in the city where nothing blocks the view of the...

Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Give a hoot! Check out Owls Adventure Park on Okinawa

You don’t need to be a wizard at Hogwarts to make friends with owls.
Owls Adventure Park in Naha offers a place where...
Photos courtesy of Yomitan Village Office

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:...
Courtesy of Gayle Yoshikawa

Hiroshima: ‘City of Water’ praying for peace

With a population of nearly 1.2 million, Hiroshima is the largest city in the Chugoku region of Western Honshu. It is often called “The City of...