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International Destinations: Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang in Laos is an absolute treasure that should be on any traveler’s destinations list.
 
The quiet, touristy town...
Photos by Tech Sgt. Joely M. Santiago

Treat yourself to a trip to Taipei

When you Google the word paradise, images of palm trees, beaches and waterfalls populate your page.  For many, that’s the epitome of paradise. ...

Photos by Bryce Hollweg

Quick trip in Cambodia was simply paradise!

Prior to my recent venture to Cambodia I had been to many places throughout South East Asia (Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam) but never to the...

Tomogashima: Japan's real Castle in the Sky

“Do you see the jellyfish?” Mark pointed excitedly into the water.

I mumbled an acknowledgement, afraid that if I opened my mouth,...

Capture Japan’s most sublime scenic season

As autumn sets in and the leaves start transforming Japan’s forests and...

Photo courtesy of Zuisen Distillery

Tour a distillery on Okinawa

Several awamori distillers allow visitors to tour their facilities for free. Visit one and take a closer look at the art of distilling awamori....

Photo by Michael Flemming/JapanTravel

From caves to kitsch, Okinawa World inspires all!

Whether you have kids or not, the coolest place on the island can be found at Okinawa World.  Located about 20 minutes southeast of Naha, in Nanju...

Photos by Simone Armer

Forest therapy in the Inohae Valley

In the mountains of Kitago, Nichinan, there is a hidden ravine that has the ability to relieve its visitors of their ailments. It’s not local...
Photo by Simone Armer

Let's explore Okinawa's magical Miyako Island

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...

A 50-meter-long, 250-ton H-II launch vehicle stands in Rocket Plaza near the main gate of the Tsukuba Space Center in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. (ALLEN ONSTOTT/STARS AND STRIPE)

A visit to Japan's space center can be out of this world

The Tsukuba Space Center is the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s version of NASA mission control.

You can take an English-language tour...

One of the summer's last lotus flowers defies time at Okinawa's Southeast Botanical Gardens on a warm day at the end of August. MATTHEW M. BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES

Plant and animal life abound at Okinawa’s Southeast Botanical Gardens

It’s important to take time to stop and smell the roses every once in a while, as the old adage suggests, and Okinawa’s Southeast Botanical...

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