A snow sports paradise not far from the bright lights of Sapporo

Skiers looking for an alternative to resorts in and around the better-known Niseko resort might consider the upscale but more moderately priced ski area of Kiroro, just over an hour’s drive from the largest city in northern Japan.

‘Heal-arious’: Military spouse’s comedy mission is to bring laughs to bases in Japan

Ashley Gutermuth is a clean comic who does relatable bits about her life. She pokes fun at her high-and-tight haircut and seems to relish confusing people about her gender. The Best Medicine Brigade — founder and Army veteran Robin Phoenix, Christian Johnson and Gutermuth — kicks off the first performance of its Japan tour on Feb. 7 at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo.

Living history from dance to daily fare on display at Korean Folk Village

The 270-acre Korean Folk Village is a great place to learn about the Joseon Dynasty, 1392 to 1910, including typical food, clothing and workshops. The village is also home to two museums and amusement park rides.

Junglia, a nature-focused theme park, is in the works for northern Okinawa

Junglia, where the attractions focus on nature, is scheduled to open in summer 2025. The park will take advantage of its proximity to Yambaru National Park, a subtropical forest region that’s been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 2021.

From ball pits to karaoke, Japanese fun centers have something for everyone

Two separate franchises — Crospo and Round1 — provide a range of activities for children and adults, from ball pits to climbing walls, arcades, Ping-Pong and karaoke.

Light up a Japanese tradition with a paper lantern from Suzuki Mohei Shoten

Suzuki Mohei Shoten in Mito city, Ibaraki prefecture, about two hours north of Tokyo, has been making and distributing lanterns in Japan for more than 150 years.

Hot springs, gators and blooms: Atagawa gardens on Japan’s Izu Peninsula

A tropical garden near Kawazu has combined two more warm-climate fixtures to create a distinctive attraction: alligators and... bananas. Also, lily pads so huge, children could sit on them.

Climb Mount Mikura in Japan on choice of trails — challenging or more challenging

Course A and Course B both reveal the splendor of Japan’s natural marvels.

See treasures rescued from Beijing at Taiwan’s National Palace Museum

Jade objects, Ming vases, paintings, ancient weapons and curios spanning 8,000 years of Chinese history are on display at the National Palace Museum in Taipei.

Thrilling theme park blends roller coaster fun with mesmerizing aquatic encounters

Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is the perfect nearby day trip, or weekend getaway, for couples, families and friends to enjoy aquatic fun. And it has no entrance fee.