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Hop over to Miyakojima for some adventure

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...

Moxibustion: Feel the burn if you want to heal!

With the cold of winter upon us, many people will begin to “feel” the weather. Lower backs will hurt, while bones and joints will ache just a...

Photo courtesy of  Tokyo Sento Association

Soak at a Sento on Okinawa to relax

Most foreigners believe that all public baths are onsen. But that’s not true. There is another type of public bath, sento, that also offers you...

The Kawanishi H8K2 “Emily” flying boat had a 4,400 mile range and could undertake anti-submarine warfare, transport and reconnaissance missions. Emily was the Allied reporting name for the seaplane. (Photo by David R. Krigbaum)

Take flight into the past

Kanoya, in the far south of Japan’s southernmost main island, is a rather inconvenient location for an air museum. It’s more than 500 miles from...

U.S. Marines with Tango Battery, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment sleep on the ground aboard the USNS Guam, Jan. 31, 2018. The California- based battalion is forward deployed to Okinawa, Japan as part of the Unit Deployment Program. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Damion Hatch Jr.)

The better way to travel

Traveling throughout the Marine Corps can be a hassle. You will be on a plane with little to no leg room or a giant truck packed like sardines,...

Tsukiji Fish Market: Famed market a haven for seafood lovers

Visiting a local market is one of the best ways of soaking up the culture and getting better insight into the culinary scene. Since fish is such...
A vistor examines the upper berths at the Train Hostel Hokutosei in Tokyo.  Photos by Japan News-Yomiuri

Elements of sleeper train revived as Tokyo hostel

In 1988, the Hokutosei sleeper express was the first train to use the Seikan tunnel to link Ueno Station in Tokyo to Sapporo, a journey of about...

Whale watch: A tour in search of sea behemoths

Editor's note: With whale watching season open, we thought you would enjoy Stripes’ own Shoji Kudaka retelling his story about searching for...

Hittin’ the slopes on the mainland Japan

It’s peak skiing and snowboarding season, and if you are in Japan, you couldn’t be in a better place!
 
With two Winter...
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Tips and lessons learned from a travel expert

I wouldn’t trade the thrill of traveling for anything, but as joyous and fulfilling my worldly adventures have been, I had my fair share of...

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