The Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters was the scene of extreme violence, where 5,000 sailors from the Former Imperial Japanese Navy under the command of Rear Adm. Minoru Ota made their last stand during the Battle of Okinawa at the tail end of World War II, many armed with only rudimentary spears.
Hanoi, Vietnam, is a study in contrasts, a bustling but laid-back city that has worked hard to become a tourist attraction based on French colonial influences that fuse with Southeast Asian tastes and traditions.
Mt. Ishizuchi, the tallest in western Japan, is particularly known for its climbing route with several sets of heavy metal chains dangling down a rocky cliff path. I decided to reach the summit myself, hoping to find a different self there.
Just one hour from Tokyo station via the bullet train, Japan’s Canyons Tours offer canyoning, rafting, and nature tours — a perfect way to escape the city and the August heat, all while spending some refreshing time in the woods.
By trodding fantastic paths that wind through pastures and forests dotted with surreal rock formations, one can see why the Mullerthal Trail in Luxembourg’s Mullerthal region was recently recognized as one of the best trails in Europe.
Ghost towns dot the landscape all across the southwestern United States, once-thriving cultural hubs abandoned and left in shambles. Many are still fairly well-preserved, though, and offer visitors a chance to see a piece of history even if it is in pieces.
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