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Quick Trips

Treading the five-acre Kukaniloko Birthstones State Monument is to stroll upon the bellybutton of Oahu island.

Illuminations make holiday cheer easy to find on tropical Okinawa

It might seem like a challenge to get into the holiday spirit on Okinawa, but illumination events across the island are helping spread wintertime cheer to locals.


Japan’s winter illuminations promise holiday excitement for all ages

There’s electricity in the air during the Christmas season in Japan. Santa’s little helpers have been at work stringing lightbulbs around the city of Sapporo on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido — and many more will light up other Japanese cities in the leadup to the end-of-the-year holidays.


Tokushima Prefecture’s attractions go beyond the Awa Odori festival season

Tokushima might be one of Japan's least-populated prefectures, but it's filled with beautiful landscapes, historic attractions and a wide variety of unique cultural experiences.

A short flight from Japan, Taiwan makes an ideal trip for foodies and adventurers alike

When I asked my daughter what she would like to do to celebrate her junior high school graduation, she knew immediately where she wanted to go: Taiwan.


Reach new heights and take in the breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree

Want to see how big Tokyo really is? Go up Tokyo Skytree, the tallest public observation tower in the city where nothing blocks the view of the sprawling metropolis below. Six years since its opening, Skytree remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tokyo, with long lines of visitors waiting to take in the view from the tower’s observation floors on weekends.


Explore the storied history of a former American military base at Clark Museum

Clark Air Base, America’s then-largest overseas military facility located about two hours north of Manila in the Philippines, closed in 1991 — but, if you want to take a nostalgic trip to that bygone era, the Clark Museum in Mabalacat City offers just that.

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