TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN KYOTO

There are so many incredible places to see in Kyoto, it’s hard to know where to start. FSS is here to help! Here are our top five favorites in this historic city. Kimono Dressing in Gion Visitors to Kyoto, both Japanese and foreigners alike aim to have the most authentic experience in Japan’s  old capital…

THE CITY OF MINAMIUONUMA: DAY TWO

Two-Day Minamiuonuma City — Snow Country Experience w/Muica Onsen Snow Resort DAY TWO (read about DAY ONE) Wake up for a delicious traditional Japanese breakfast located in Muica’s lobby restaurant. Here, enjoy warm bread, homemade salmon soup, rice, pickled veggies, fresh fruit, a variety of fresh fish including salmon and trout, and much more! Afterwards,…

THE CITY OF MINAMIUONUMA: DAY ONE

Two-Day Minamiuonuma City — Snow Country Experience w/Muica Onsen Snow Resort Within north-central Niigata Prefecture lies the quaint, gorgeous and unique city of Minamiuonuma. Offering delicious sticky rice and udon, breathtaking scenery, unmatched slopes for snow activities, kimono snow bleaching, a sake cellar and more; this charming, one-of-a-kind town is perfect for a weekend getaway….

SAKURA SPRING FESTIVAL

The recognition of cherry blossoms, also known as sakura, began over 1,000 years ago during the Heian period in Japan. People were so taken aback by their beauty that they would stare, unknowingly planting the seed for a new tradition called hanami, which directly translates to “watch the flower.” During modern-day hanami, people will gather…

YAKINIKU – GRILLED MEAT YOUR WAY

If you’re looking for an authentic Japanese dining experience, look no further than yakiniku! It’s a fun way to enjoy dinner with your friends and family. This style of dining is popular in Japan and can be found in many different cities. Yakiniku, which translates to “grilled meat” in Japanese, is fairly self-explanatory. You simply…

SAPPORO: TOP THREE ADVENTURES

Hokkaido is home to many sightseeing and tourist activities, beautiful landscapes, lush farmlands and spectacular food. Literally translated as the “Northern Sea Circuit,” Hokkaido is the well paired cabernet after that big, juicy bite of “Honshu” that any hungry traveler craves. This sip takes you to Hokkaido’s mountainous capital, Sapporo. Sapporo is well-known for its…

HIROSHIMA’S FAMOUS OKONOMIYAKI

If you happen to visit Hiroshima, you have to try their most famous dish, Hiroshimayaki. The city is well-known for making the most delicious Okonomiyaki in Japan. Forget what you tried in Tokyo, Hiroshima has a whole new experience in store for you! What Is Okonomiyaki Okonomiyaki is a Japanese-style pizza where you can build your…

FUJI-Q HIGHLAND

Located about an hour and a half from Yokota Air Base, at the base of Mount Fuji, lies the amusement park Fuji-Q Highland. Fuji-Q has four main attractions that were all world-record-setting at some point in time, some still holding those records. 1. Fujiyama: The King of Coasters This ride held the record for the…

DisneySea WITH ITT

One of the most popular attractions in Japan is DisneySea: a one-of-a-kind Disney theme park located right on the water in Maihama, Chiba, about an hour and a half drive from Yokota Air Base. The unique part of DisneySea is emphasized in the name itself: it’s based on water. Each section in the park has…

SELLING AT CRAFT FAIRS AT YOKOTA

If you’re looking for a creative outlet and a way to make some extra cash, the Arts & Crafts Center (A&C) may be your answer. A&C puts on two craft fairs per year, usually one in spring and the other in the fall. These fairs do not require a Home Business License from the Housing…