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The front entrance to Yokohama Daisekai, an eight-story shopping plaza in the heart of Chinatown in Yokohama, Japan.<br>Tyler Hlavac/Stars and Stripes

'Entertainment mall' is the place to start a tour of Yokohama's Chinatown

Yokohama Daisekai is a great entry point into the dizzying cultural mishmash of the city’s Chinatown.

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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Okinawa cafe once served as US military housing unit

Servicemembers and their families should feel right at home at Rose Garden, a cafe in a building that once served as U.S. military housing on Okinawa.



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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.


St. Patrick's Day events in Japan

Places to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Japan.


Plum blossom festivals in Japan

Places in Japan to celebrate the bloom.


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