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Trying a side trail down, view of the rolling hills of eastern Ishigaki. Photo courtesy of Yuki Takata

Mount Omoto: Head to Ishigaki Island to climb Okinawa’s highest peak

If you really love hiking, Okinawa is the LAST place you would think to visit in Japan, right? More well known for white sandy beaches, snorkeling...

International Destinations: Historical Surakarta, Indonesia

People are often drawn to Indonesia for a number of reasons. Tourists flock to the island of Bali, which is famous for its breathtaking beaches...
Photos by Nano Betts

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Salsa Machine to bring hot Latin rhythm to Okinawa on Aug. 31

Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor a.k.a. “La máquina musical de Cuba” (The Cuban Music Machine) is bringing hot Latin sounds from Cuba to Okinawa...
Izena Island's population is small, numbering about 1,500 residents and the island's entire perimeter totals just 10 miles.  AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES

Explore uncharted territory, Okinawan traditions on Izena Island

Izena Island, one of the smaller islands that comprise the Ryukyu Island chain, is only a 55-minute ferry ride from northern Okinawa — but the...

Naminoue Beach is perfect for swimming.

Soak up the sun, explore a shrine

If you have one day to spend in Naha, and would like to take a dive into the deep blue sea and also explore a little bit more, Naminoue Beach...

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