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Japan Budget Travel Guide Part 2: Transport

In this part of our Japan Travel budget guide, we explore some of the cheaper transport options available in Japan, where the efficient...

Walking across Okinawa’s Iriomote Island is quite the trip

Thinking of a jungle in Japan, Tokyo’s busy cityscape springs to mind first, an ocean of grayish concrete, garish neon signs and masses of people...

Photos by David Krigbaum

Riding the rails on SL Hitoyoshi

Japan loves trains and steam locomotives. They can be found pulling sightseeing tours around the country, providing a unique way to enjoy some...

2 affordable options when staying in Tokyo

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – Staying overnight in Tokyo is not cheap. Even the most inexpensive hotels in Tokyo cost hundreds of dollars per night...

From vessels for carrying Awamori to plates that would grace any table, there is something for everyone.

Okinawa Pottery Street: Follow the footsteps of 16th Century artisans

Okinawa’s story is the story of baked goods. Not roast pork or pastries, but of ceramics, like the famous red roof tiles that grace the palaces...
Water-flow pool at the Adventure Lagoon of Tokyo Summerland

Have a splashin' good time at these Okinawa water parks!

OKINAWA SOGO UNDO KOEN: Through Sept. 30, close on Tuesdays; 25m indoor pool at 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekends in June &...

Kevin Vega, from Kadena Air Base, swings at a fastball at Chatan Sports center. Photo by Shoji Kudaka

The rise, fall, and comeback of batting cages in Japan

In 2011, Kitashirakawa Batting Center in Kyoto, was closed for good, calling an end to its more than four decades of batting cage glory. It was...
Photo courtesy of Tatiana Garcia

Staying at a hostel on Okinawa

If you're a budget-conscious traveller still intent on exploring the best that Okinawa has to offer, consider the Kitchen Hostel Aoi in Naha city...

Breakfast, Brunch & Baked Goods in Bangkok

One of the biggest perks (and my favorite part) of visiting any foreign country is tasting the local cuisine. It’s the best way to experience...
Grass skiing can seem intimidating, knowing you are entrusting your safety to a dubious-looking contraption strapped to your feet. JESSICA BIDWELL/STARS AND STRIPES

On Okinawa, you can ski year round. Seriously!

A tropical island where the temperature reaches 80 degrees on a winter day isn’t the sort of place you’d expect to see skiers racing down a slope...

Photos by Alexander Mutuc

Check out Okinawa's off-base markets for a fresh alternative

I heard about a small market named the Banana Stand somewhere near Kadena Air Base with a “decent variety” of affordable produce. When I finally...

Monsters bringing chill to Okinawan summer Aug. 7-12

Not afraid of things that go bump in the night?
 
The Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum is set to host a free...

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