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Impressive shrine sits on godly island near Iwakuni

One of Japan’s three most scenic attractions, the must-see Miyajima Island is just 40-minute drive from MCAS Iwakuni.
 
The...

Musing over Mie

Mie Prefecture is one of Japan’s best-kept secrets, the kind of destination that you would only share with your close friends. Most Japanese...
Photos by David Krigbaum

Meiji-mura: A victorian village in Japan

It was a period of rapid change. Men and women walked in kimono and the latest haikara (high-collar) Western fashions on noisy streets of horses...
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

MATSUMOTO: More than an elegant castle town

Located in the central basin of mainland of Japan, the elegant castle city of Matsumoto is surrounded by beautiful plateaus and the towering...
Photos by Linda Cordes

Fall foliage fun near Iwakuni

It’s almost that time of the year again. That time when sweaters and boots are being pulled out and soup recipes are being researched. I want to...

Paintball field near White Beach a total blast!

Do you paintball? If so, Navy MWR Okinawa has the fields for you!
 
Formerly X-Splat Paintball, Jungle Raid Paintball is now...
Six years since its opening, Skytree remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tokyo, with long lines of visitors waiting to take in the view from the tower's observation floors on weekends.  HANA KUSUMOTO/STARS AND STRIPES

Reach new heights and take in the breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree

Want to see how big Tokyo really is? Go up Tokyo Skytree, the tallest public observation tower in the city where nothing blocks the view of the...

Photos courtesy of Yomitan Village Office

Pair of historical festivals taking place on Okinawa

While fireworks, shaved ice, beer, and music may define many summer festivals in Okinawa, those in the fall often come with one more highlight:...
Courtesy of Gayle Yoshikawa

Hiroshima: ‘City of Water’ praying for peace

With a population of nearly 1.2 million, Hiroshima is the largest city in the Chugoku region of Western Honshu. It is often called “The City of...
Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Zamami Paradise: Okinawan island highlighted by TripAdvisor’s top beach in Japan

After a prior trip to Zamami Island, I told myself I’d return to experience more of the island that features TripAdvisor’s top beach in Japan....

5 things to do while traveling solo

As any traveler can tell you, traveling alone carries its own benefits and disadvantages. For some people, doing activities by themselves are as...

Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Yasukuni Shrine gives outlook on modern war history

Yasukuni Shrine, one of the best known Shinto shrines, has often been seen as a symbol of imperial Japan’s war history.
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