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Reasons to visit Matsumoto City

After visiting the Japanese snow monkeys, my friend and I had some time to explore Matsumoto City, the second largest city in Nagano prefecture...
Photo courtesy of Hotel Moon Beach

A day on no man’s Island in Okinawa

Some of the 113 uninhabited islands of Okinawa offer a fun adventure for those who choose to explore them.
 
Youjima, a.k.a...

10 Unique Starbucks in Japan

Starbucks Japan has exploded since originally launching its first coffee shop in Ginza in 1996, with now well over 1,000 stores spread across the...

Kadena Marina offers 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 Joely Santiago

Puppy Travel Diaries

In the very near future, I will embark on an adventure of a lifetime. I’ll be leaving Japan after almost five years and moving back to the U.S....
Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Fly a plane without leaving the ground on Okinawa

Many people dream of flying. But giving it a try inside a real cockpit takes a giant leap of faith. Not to mention endless hours of training....

Culinary Trip of a Lifetime to Kochi, Shikoku Island

The Japanese language is filled with a lot of beautiful, almost poetic words which carry a deep meaning. One of them is kire kire which translates...

Photo by Simone Armer

Exploring Okinawa's magical Miyakojima

When you first sink your toes into the white sand and gaze out onto the turquoise waters of Miyakojima, you’ll forget entirely that you’re in...

Exploring 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...
The color of the water at the port was beautiful.

Tsukenjima offers island seclusion

Tsukenjima is a small island that is situated just thirty minutes by ferry from the main island. I had the opportunity to travel to Okinawa with...

Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Yes, there are dragons on Okinawa!

If you travel along the recently-opened Nishikaigan Road towards Naha Airport from Camp Foster, on your left you’ll find a pair of giant pillars...

A breakdown of all the fun things to do on Okinawa

Okinawa may not be the biggest island, but is sure has a long list of fun things to do. Between all of the subtropical islands, the adventure...

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