Pacific Travel

The final portion of the Koko Crater Trail in Hawaii is a doozy.<br>Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes

Hike to the top of Oahu's Koko Crater Trail is pain worth the gain

Some have dubbed it the “Stairmaster from Hell,” others the “Stairs of Doom.” For the more prosaic, outdoorsy types, it’s simply Koko Crater Trail and a few hours of robust exercise and awesome scenery.

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.

Skiers find deep powder and hot onsens in Japan's backcountry

If you want deep powder without lift lines for $40 a day, the best sushi and ramen in the world and a naked soak in a 105-degree spring with a view of the volcano that is heating your water, then follow the drifting snowflake to the Land of the Rising Sun.

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Lily Bell brings high-quality cocktails to the Yokosuka-Chuo area

A top-shelf drink that offers more than inebriation is hard to find in a Navy town like Yokosuka. Coming to the rescue is Lily Bell, a high-quality cocktail bar that opened in the Yokosuka-Chuo area last year.

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.

Winter Illuminations

Where to get your glow on at light shows and winter illuminations in Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.

Plum blossom festivals in Japan

Places in Japan to celebrate the bloom.

Movies on base through Feb. 23

Times and dates for theaters in Japan, Okinawa and South Korea

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