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Sea of coral reef seen from Higashi Village

Discovering Higashi-son, Okinawa: A natural paradise in paradise

An area of absolutely astounding beauty, Higashi-son village is a paradise in paradise. Higashi-son village is located in the northern regions of...

48 hours in Taipei: Cocktails, dim sum and mountain hikes

Taipei’s eclectic bar scene, vibrant night markets and relaxed vibe has made it one of Asia’s trendiest destinations.

Friday –...
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...

Visitors to the Naeba Prince Hotel in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, try out virtual-reality skiing. SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES

Naeba hotel a great base for skiing — even if you don’t spend the night

At Naeba Prince Hotel — nestled in Japan’s third-largest ski area about two and a half hours northwest of Tokyo — it’s easy to imagine you’re...

Custom-car show to rev up Okinawa

As the temperature drops, the custom car scene is staying hot on Okinawa.
 
Come Jan. 26 and 27, the Okinawa Customcar Show...

Cherry blossoms to bloom in the Northern Okinawa

When January’s cherry blossom season rolls around on Okinawa, it means it’s time to hit the road and head north.
 
Although...

Smoke stack near White Beach offers historic, scenic views

There’s a spot on Okinawa where you might not see many people, but it offers a picture prefect view and an intriguing historical insight for...

Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Slippin' & slidin' away at Okinawa water course

Laughs of joy could be heard everywhere.
 
“Ha ha ha!”
  
“Oh my god! I am just gonna crawl!”
...
Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Bulls ready to battle Jan. 27 on Okinawa

Bullfighting on Okinawa is often described as bloodless in comparison with those in Spain.
 
While it is true that no bulls...
Visitors catch a glimpse of a rare black-belly Manta. The black Manta can only be seen at the Chuarumi Aquarium in Okinawa.  AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES

Churaumi Aquarium offers family-friendly year-round respite from Okinawa’s heat and rain

Okinawa is so famous for its blue skies and white sandy beaches that most people assume it’s sunny year-round on the island. However, the tiny...

The Atomic Bomb Dome is part of the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. The building which is one of few still standing after the attack is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a memorial to more than 100,000 people who died. Photo by Rachel McIntosh, Humphreys High School

Commentary: Hiroshima’s Peace Park is emotional trip of a lifetime

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE – As an American stepping into the Peace Museum in the heart of Hiroshima’s Peace Park, I have never felt more like a...
Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Give a hoot! Check out Owls Adventure Park on Okinawa

You don’t need to be a wizard at Hogwarts to make friends with owls.
 
Owls Adventure Park in Naha offers a place where...

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