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Habu sake, a local delicacy infused with the island's poisonous snake, is distilled at the park. TRAVIS J. TRITTEN/STARS AND STRIPES

Snake sake? Attractions rare, weird and wild shine at Okinawa World

What would Okinawa be without the habu?

The island’s indigenous pit vipers stalk sugarcane fields and tombs, wriggle into folklore and...

Photo by Shoji Kudaka

Bios on the Hill to host Golden Week programs

During this year’s Golden Week, Bios on the Hill will present special attractions. The Urizun Flower Festival continues until May 6 where moth...

Celebrate Children’s Day at Kids Festival Adventure World on May 5

A unique theme park emerges in Chatan Dome on May 5. Kids can have fun going down a snow slide, touching a snowman, jumping on a trampoline or...

Cinco De Mayo party to be held near Kadena AB

Koza Music Town, near Gate 2 of Kadena AB, will host a Cinco De Mayo party, featuring live music, dance performances, vendors serving Mexican...

A day in Tsunoshima

Tsunoshima is one of my favorite places in Yamaguchi Prefecture. To be honest, I didn’t think there was going to be anything interesting beyond...

Torii Beach kicks off Beach Days 2018 May 5

Torii Beach may be associated with a relaxing, calm atmosphere where people can count on a nice getaway from busy life. But when summer rolls...

What’s the deal with Golden Week?

Ever wonder why cities clear out and airports, train stations and tourist traps are all abuzz from late April to early May? It’s a time of year...
The stone path leading toward the bridge

Scenic park offers escape in the heart of Naha

If you've seen the main sights of Naha, and would like to 'get away from it all' without leaving the city, Sueyoshi Koen is the perfect...

Sasebo Citizens Cultural Hall (Photos by David Krigbaum)

Exploring the naval history outside Sasebo’s gates

One of the things I like the most about living in Sasebo is that its naval history surrounds me and is accessible as well as on a scale I haven’...

5 things that make Okinawa outshine the rest

For a mere freckle on the map, Okinawa enjoys enormous popularity. And despite the land and people being grossly burdened by decades of conflict...

Let's explore marvelous Miyako Jima in Okinawa

Miyako Jima’s scenic crystal clear waters and white sand beaches have long been considered one of  Japan’s most beautiful destinations.

Its...

Visitors to the Naeba Prince Hotel in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, try out virtual-reality skiing. SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES

Naeba hotel a great base for skiing — even if you don’t spend the night

At Naeba Prince Hotel — nestled in Japan’s third-largest ski area about two and a half hours northwest of Tokyo — it’s easy to imagine you’re...

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