Japan

Cities to Visit in Japan (Besides the Usual Suspects)

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There are as many urban wonderlands in Japan as there are natural ones.

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The Downside of Sakura Season in Okinawa

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Seeing Okinawa cherry blossoms is beautiful, but it does require some sacrifices.

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When Paradise Isn’t

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Just because a place looks like paradise doesn’t mean it is.

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5 Ways to Fall in Love With Naha

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Whether you appreciate the history of the Ryukyu Kingdom, warm up (and cool down!) with local refreshments or explore take a day trip to destinations outside the city center, two or three days in Naha will delight you—and probably surprise you, too.

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All Ryukyu’s Ruins

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Dark clouds are more befitting of a history lesson than a day at the beach.

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Ryokans vs. Onsens

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One question I often get, however, tends to confuse even experienced Japan travelers: Are onsens and ryokans the same thing?

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Gateway to Hokkaido

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When I had the opportunity to return to Hakodate in September, I jumped at it.

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7 Amazing Experiences in Japan’s Tohoku Region

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Tohoku is far-removed from much of Japan’s tourist core, but it’s still more than worth a visit.

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