Pet birds of prey at the Kamakura Owl Forest
Nestled between the colorful shops on Kamakura’s busy Komachi-dori Street is the green awning of the Kamakura Owl Forest.
Sights and sounds from Yokohama Chinatown
A video visit to Yokohama Chinatown, the largest Chinatown in Japan.
Insta-friendly Tokyo café a perfect place for afternoon tea
The Haute Couture Café in Aobadai is a picture-perfect place where customers post Instagram-perfect photos on social media.
Offbeat Tokyo museum provides parasite insights
Meguro Parasitological Museum in Tokyo looks at the creatures living in the bodies of humans, other animals
Try the Michelin-star ramen that’s only 1,000 yen in an unassuming location in central Tokyo
Tasty, cheap ramen awaits in a back alley at Soba House Konjiki Hototogisu.
Nikko hostel offers summer getaway in riverside railroad car
The temperatures are rising in the Tokyo area so if you’re looking to escape, try cooling off at Nikko in the mountains north of the metropolis.
Floral café in Tokyo suburb delights with fresh fare and flowers
Nestled by Tachikawa Station inside the Green Spring eating complex is a flowery, mystic garden oasis offering food for meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike.
‘Stranger Things’ pops up in Tokyo department store   
Things have gotten strange in Ikebukuro, where the Parco department store has opened a ‘Stranger Things’ Official Goods Pop-Up store.
Gumbo and gator: Get a taste of the Big Easy in Hiroshima, Japan
Gator’s Cajun Kitchen serves up hearty portions of gumbo, jambalaya, po-boys and alligator.
Weta Workshop Experience in New Zealand brings ‘Lord of the Rings’ to life
Visitors to New Zealand are surrounded by the spectacular scenery that stood in for Middle-earth in the films, but a visit to Weta Workshop Experience takes fans of “LOR” to backrooms where the fantasy realm was created.
New Zealand memorial celebrates US Navy aviator and polar explorer Richard Byrd
Rocks from Antarctica form a memorial to an American explorer on a wind-swept hill overlooking the New Zealand capital. The stones are part of a tent-like monument to honor Rear Adm. Richard Evelyn Byrd at the top of Mount Victoria.
Nerds, assemble: High-end collectibles aplenty at Hot Toys Tokyo
A treasure trove of action figures and collectibles that will set any nerd’s heart afire lies in Shibuya ward in the heart of Tokyo. Toy Sapiens is the Hot Toys Tokyo flagship store. Established in 2000, Hot Toys is a high-end brand of collectibles with uncanny likenesses.
Okinawa, 50 years since return: Tourist-vitalized islands thrive, though not everybody is happy
Since reverting to Japan on May 15, 1972, Okinawa Prefecture has become a major tourist destination. However, some say that tourism-focused development has stripped the prefecture of its unique charms.
Learn the art and craft of bonsai in a Japanese neighborhood devoted to them
Bonsai trees are a wonder of nature bent by the hand of man, and Omiya Bonsai Village is the place to go for a crash course in their history and care.
Chiles brings cantina atmosphere and top-notch Mexican dishes to Tokyo
Discover authentic mouth-watering Mexican flavor at Chiles in the Harajuku district.
Music lovers may spend all day exploring this nine-floor Tower Records in Tokyo
Tower Records is an experience, and sadly, something Generation Z in America will never experience. Unless they make a pilgrimage to Japan.
Sample plant-based cuisine and ‘phantom beans’ with wild health claims in Tokyo
Hoccori Cafe offers meat-eaters and vegetarians alike a chance to try plant-based cuisine in a calming cottage environment in western Tokyo.
Okinawa’s Mount Katsuu could be the most challenging climb on the island
The path is a rugged, sometimes hand-over-hand uphill trek through an enchanting and encapsulating forest.