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The picturesque Nachi Waterfall

Adventuring in Kumano: A visit to Nachi Falls and surrounding waterfalls

When you reach Mount Nachi you'll discover this area has to much to offer, from places of worship to breathtaking views. It’s definitely a...
Photo by Rey Waters

Matsuyama a hidden gem in Japan

On a chilly rainy October morning we left Yokohama and flew to Hiroshima, boarded a bus to Onomichi and then a second bus to Imabari. The bus...
Photo courtesy of  Tokyo Sento Association

The difference between a sento and an onsen

Most foreigners believe that all public baths are onsen. But that’s not true. There is another type of public bath, sento, that also offers you...

The best holiday gifts for your favorite travelers

Travelers can be especially difficult to shop for during the holiday season. What do you get for friends or loved ones who would rather be off...
Photo by: Aya Ichihashi, Stars and Stripes

A short flight from Japan, Taiwan makes an ideal trip for foodies and adventurers alike

When I asked my daughter what she would like to do to celebrate her junior high school graduation, she knew immediately where she wanted to go:...

Photos by Sarah B. Hodge

Into the Woods: Discovering the charms of Northern Japan’s ‘Blue Forest’

Aomori is the northernmost prefecture on Honshu Island. A land of dramatic coastlines, dense forests, and a high percentage of national parks,...

Tokyo’s top 6 towns Metropolis chooses its favorite neighborhoods in the city

Tokyo’s a big old town. 23 wards, numerous special wards and cities and a shedload of islands. Many publications have posited their coolest,...
Image: Hong Kong Tourism Board

Immerse yourself in Sham Shui Po like locals do

Behind skyscrapers and shopping malls, there is another world to explore in Hong Kong. Look beyond the established attractions to Sham Shui Po...
Photos by Benjamin Beech

Kyushu: What do you know about Japan’s 3rd largest island?

Kyushu, the third largest island in Japan, is home to some of the best sake, the most onsen, and much, much more. Let’s take a closer look at...
Enter the scared space that is Nakijin Castle. Photo by Bonson Lam

Ancient Okinawa on display at Nakijin Castle

In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries an ancient people built a fortification, with large stones high above the sea, one that was largely...

Photo courtesy of Koza Motor Sport Festival 2018 Bureau

Motor sports festival returns Nov. 17-18

The Koza Motor Sport Festival returns once again to Okinawa Nov. 17-18.
 
The 2018 version of the free event will take place...
Photos courtesy of Trazy.com

What to expect at Chiang Mai lantern festival 2018

Thailand is famous for its unique and vibrant festivals, and most Thai festivities are rooted in the traditions and beliefs of the ancient...

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