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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....
Stars and Stripes reporter Caitlin Doornbos screams before sliding backwards and head-first down a waterfall. Canyons tour guides are very experienced and teach daredevils how to take adventurous risks safely.  COURTESY OF CANYONS

Swim, rappel, jump or hike to get through canyons on a tour in Japan's Gunma prefecture

About a half-hour into my canyoning tour in Japan’s mountainous Gunma prefecture, I was conquering fears I never thought I’d face.

Canyons...

Mt. Hedo Shrine

Mountain hike reveals sacred sites

During my last visit to Dai Sekirinzan Park, I noticed a few trails leading off the yellow trail. Later down the trail and inside the center of...

Photos by Takiguchi Takahiro

My Faves: UNESCO World Heritage sites in Japan

Japan is home to many tourist attractions - both natural and cultural - and as of 2018, 22 are registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
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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...
Photo courtesy of Shurijo Castle Park

Okinawan mid-autumn ceremony brings back history

There is the Japanese phrase “Chushu no Meigetsu,” which refers to the moon seen on Aug. 15 of the lunar calendar. The moon on that specific day...
Photos by Stacy Roman

My Paradise: 9 food finds on Hawaii’s Big Island

The Big Island is a magical place. You can drive from lush tropical rainforests to dry, arid moonscape-like lava fields within a couple of hours...
Photo courtesy of Tree Cross Adventure

Zippin’ around Japan

Looking for an exciting outdoor experience to take your family or group of friends this summer? How about a zip-lining course through a Japanese...
Lovely sunset on Ishigaki Island

Time to explore Okinawa's Ishigaki and Taketomi islands

Think of Okinawa and images of sandy, white beaches and of sub-tropical flowers spring to mind. This is exactly what you will find on Ishigaki...

6 tips to travel green

It may be hard to “go green,” especially when traveling. However, imagine how much cleaner your favorite major city maybe if there wasn’t...

So if you want to have fun, go visit Shuri Castle!

The best place to go to is Shuri Castle.  Shuri Castle is an awesome place, because it has things from back in the old times, like statues of the...

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