Pacific Travel

Tourists to see more Western toilets in Japan

The Japan Tourism Agency intends to establish a subsidy system that encourages municipalities to update public washrooms with Western-style toilets in tourist areas, to address the recent influx of foreign tourists, sources said.

Elements of sleeper train revived as Tokyo hostel

Recently the Hokutosei sleeper express was revived as a hostel in central Tokyo. Called Train Hostel Hokutosei, the hostel reuses train car equipment and has become a hot topic among railway enthusiasts who consider it a rebirth of their beloved sleeper express.

Waikiki offers fun for young and old(er)

Yes, Waikiki is highly commercial and a South Seas cliche. But there's a lot to love and plenty to do for all ages. Need convincing? Here are suggestions for things to do for millennials and baby boomers.

Lahaina, on western Maui, once was home to Hawaiian kings and queens

The beach town of Lahaina in western Maui was once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, a place where kings were born. It later became a key port at the height of the 19th century whaling boom.

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Zakimi Castle witnessed intrigue in Okinawa's Ryukyu kingdom

Zakimi Castle in Yomitan might be a great place for family or wedding photos, a picnic, to read a book or just for solemn reflection, but it is much more than that. It is the story of Okinawa and its people.

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festivals and events

On-base activities

A calendar of events on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

Off-base events

A calendar of nearby events of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

In bloom: 2017 Cherry Blossom Festivals

Places in Japan and South Korea to celebrate the bloom.

Okinawa Beach Openings

Beach openings in Okinawa

Plum blossom festivals in Japan

Places in Japan to celebrate the bloom.

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