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Visitors look out off Inspiration Point in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park. Servicemembers and their immediate family members are eligible for a free annual national park pass, though most are currently closed due to the federal budget impasse.

Theme parks, airport benefits, lawn care and more: Nine military freebies

Several business and government programs provide free or extremely low-priced products for servicemembers at home and abroad. Here are nine in...

Exploring Nara: Delve deeper into this beautiful, deer-loving city

Tucked away to the south of Kyoto lies another of Japan’s ancient capitals, Nara. Peaceful and picturesque, it’s home to an impressive number of...

Let's explore Okinawa’s historical sites

Okinawa was formerly called the “Ryukyu Kingdom” from the 14th to 16th century. Nine structures and ruins symbolizing the era of the Ryukyu...

Hopping around 3 Okinawa islands in 3 days with $300

I departed on a Sunday morning in May from Okinawa’s Tomari Port (see sidebar below), which was crowded with tourists of...
A Japanese mejiro perches on a kanhizakura tree. (AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Flower power: Winter no match for nature’s blooms on Okinawa

During the early spring months, one of the most popular activities in mainland Japan is hanami — coming together with friends, family or coworkers...

Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Okinawa's Uruma Farm: Horses, butterflies, goats and more

Ponies, horses, butterflies and more can be found all in one place on Okinawa.
 
The Uruma Farm Okinawa, only a 10-minute...
Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Okinawa's Miyakojima island a great day trip

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...

Riding a Flyboard off Okinawa coast a blast!

When instructor Keiko Sasamoto cued me by saying, “Start!” I straightened my body upright under the water, putting strength into my legs, ready...

Kadena Marina a nice getaway

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

Hiking Japan's Central Alps

Day1: Missing the halfway point
 
For anyone hiking along the Central Alps from Mount Kiso-Koma, (Kiso-koma...
Tokyo Skytree (File photo)

7 things to make your winter trip even cooler

So you’ve finally landed in your dream city, Tokyo. And while everything is amazing and fun … it’s also really cold—cold enough that you don’t...
Photo by Mark Asao

Fuji, Hakone tour a must: Experience the breathtaking views

On our recent visit back to Tokyo, one of the items on top of our list was to take a tour of Mount Fuji. We attempted to see Mount Fuji on our own...

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