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Clean-Aired Cafés: 5 Super Smoke-Free Chains!

Smoke-free sipping may not be Japan-standard just yet, but now you can at least enjoy your coffee in clean air at a few more non-Starbucks chains almost anywhere in the country!

Okinawa's Shikina-en Royal Garden

Shikina-en is one of the nine separate properties that all fall under the single World Heritage Site listing known as the Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu.

14 Wacky Wilderness Onsen

Onsen critic Isamu Gunji risks his naked life to bring us 14 unforgettable outdoor hot springs that are barely on the map.

Japan's 11 Most Gorgeous Drone Videos

Think you can handle watching these drone-shot videos and not be compelled to visit Japan? Just try!

Okinawa's Feast of the Dragon God

Featuring everything from dragon dances to taiko drums and massive-scale shodo calligraphy, Uruma City's Feast of the Dragon God festival is a lavish indulgence in local culture.

Naha's Tsuboya Pottery Festival

The Tsuboya area has been known as "the town of pottery" since the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom. It celebrates this heritage every November.

A Quick Guide to Okinawan Cuisine

By blending Chinese and Japanese recipes with native ingredients grown on their island, Okinawans are the masters of fusion.

Japan’s Top 20 Three-Star Michelin Spots

Japan is one of the best travel destinations on the planet. Here’s why.

9 UNESCO Properties in Okinawa

The Curtis family recently checked off all nine of the properties listed under the "Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu."

The 5 Best Michelin-Starred Spots in Okinawa

Michelin's Green Guides rate local attractions other than restaurants and hotels, which are covered in its Red Guides. Take a look at what the Michelin Green Guide has to say about beautiful Okinawa!

Onsen Trivia: Highest, Hottest & Healthiest

Oita has the most hot spring sources, but Hokkaido has the most spas—and the highest onsen is in Toyama.

Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum

It turns out that kids can enjoy a museum just as much as mom!

Kid-Friendly Ranking of 8 Okinawan Ice Creams

From Ryukyu Royal Milk Tea to Okinawa Ta-imo Cheesecake flavor, Fun Flying Four offers an honest assessment of how to keep a cool tummy in Japan's top spot for summer.

Naminoue Shrine is Literally Above the Waves

Perched up on a hill, Okinawa's principal Shinto shrine overlooks Naminoue Beach and the East China Sea.

A Taste of American Sushi in Okinawa

Sushi Bar Yoshihachi’s proprietor got his start making sushi back in the U.S., and rumor has it he just might be the inventor of the California roll.

Steak-Topped Ramen in Okinawa

Bikes, beef, and beaches: this is a real Ramen Adventure!

Cafe Unizon: Food, Books & (Some) Live Music

I was first introduced to Cafe Unizon by a couple of fellow Kiwis also living on Okinawa. It has been a frequent stop for us ever since.

Okinawa Drive

A relaxing time-lapse drive through the Okinawa countryside.

The Michelin Guide's Top 6 Beaches in Okinawa

Michelin has some great ideas about where to travel, and their recommendations for Okinawa do not disappoint.

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