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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Thirty-Free

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“Certainly,” my friend Scott said, after we arrived back at Long Beach the next morning and saw it under full sunlight for the first time, “it doesn’t look like an Andaman Sea beach.”

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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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My Turkey Bucket List

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It’s possible to visit Turkey multiple times and do little more than explore Istanbul, which is a veritable rabbit hole of discovery and revelation.

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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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