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Purikura: Photo booth fun in Japan

No one quite does cute like Japan. 
 
And what could be cuter than a sticker sheet of your own face? 
 
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Photos by Takiguchi Takahiro

An elegant castle the highlight of central Japan town

Located in the mountainous Gifu region in the center part of mainland Japan, Gujo Hachiman is an attractive castle town filled with a classical...

Smoke stack near White Beach offers historic, scenic views

There’s a spot on Okinawa where you might not see many people, but it offers a picture prefect view and an intriguing historical insight for...

Photos courtesy of Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau

Mask, snorkel, fins! Let's explore Okinawa’s marvelous water world!

If you are on the island of Okinawa, you have the opportunity to see world-class reefs in crystal clear water. And you can explore this marvelous...

7 best things to do in Phuket

Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, also the main hub for island hopping. It is, without a doubt, one of the top destinations not only in...

'T. Rex Exhibition - The Mystery of Evolution' on Okinawa through Sept. 9

The “Tyrannosaurus Exhibition - The Mystery of Evolution” is scheduled to kick off at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum in Naha city...

Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Okinawa's Miyakojima an island full of wonder

A day relaxing on a beach, having a glass of beer and BBQ with your friend is a great way of spending your weekend in Okinawa. Or if you are a...

LGBTQ event to take place on Kokusai St. Sept. 16

Pink Dot Okinawa, an LGBTQ pride assembly, is scheduled to take place at a plaza of Tenbus-kan on Kokusai Street on Sept. 16.
 
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At Tokashiku Beach, tourists can experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with sea turtles. AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES

Okinawa’s Tokashiki Island a snorkeler’s paradise with beautiful beaches

There are 47 inhabited islands in the Okinawa archipelago — and out of the 30 or so I have visited, the island of Tokashiki remains one of my...

Photo by Nanuli Betts

Osaka: Where to go & What to do

As soon as you step outside the bullet train upon arrival to Osaka, you feel a different vibe compared to Tokyo. Here, people are more free-...

Trying a side trail down, view of the rolling hills of eastern Ishigaki. Photo courtesy of Yuki Takata

Mount Omoto: Head to Ishigaki Island to climb Okinawa’s highest peak

If you really love hiking, Okinawa is the LAST place you would think to visit in Japan, right? More well known for white sandy beaches, snorkeling...

International Destinations: Historical Surakarta, Indonesia

People are often drawn to Indonesia for a number of reasons. Tourists flock to the island of Bali, which is famous for its breathtaking beaches...

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