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Quick Trips

Drop “Zen” into conversation, and thoughts of one hand clapping or a properly maintained motorcycle may come to mind.


Tokyo German Village is a feast for the eyes

In the hills of Chiba, near Sodegaura city east of Tokyo and across the bay, a theme park lights up for the winter.


390-foot Buddha near Narita Airport the tallest in Japan

About two hours northeast of Yokota Air Base, in a suburb of Tsukuba called Ushiku, the Ushiku Daibutsu, a bronze statue built in 1993 and nearly 38 stories tall, was once listed by Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest statue of Buddha.


Nintendo Tokyo is a paradise for gamers and anime fans

Fans of anime and video games — especially franchises that fall under the Nintendo umbrella — are making pilgrimages to the sixth floor of the newly opened Shibuya Parco building, site of Nintendo Tokyo.

The must-see-before-you-die views of Yurigahama are just a ferry ride away

Yoron Island, a part of the Amami archipelago of Kagoshima prefecture, is a slice of Greece just two hours by ferry from Motobu Port in northern Okinawa.


Japan’s Ishigaki island is a picture-perfect tropical getaway

Ishigaki island, 256 miles southwest of Naha, capital of Okinawa prefecture, is a jewel of the Yaeyama archipelago.


From penguins to giraffes, Hamura Zoo offers more than 60 animal varieties

The Hamura Zoo, just a 10-minute drive from the main gate of Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo, packs a large entertainment punch with more than 60 varieties of animals ranging from penguins to giraffes.

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