Matsumoto City

About three hours from Tokyo is Matsumoto which may seem like a quaint city in comparison to Tokyo but there’s still plenty to see and explore. The main attraction within Matsumoto is the Matsumoto Castle and for a good reason. Despite the castle’s old age of 400, the castle and garden are both kept in…

SPRING FLING WITH ANEBY TRIMPARK LABO MIZUHO

Every year, hundreds of children and parents gather at the Yume Child Development Center for the annual Spring Fling – hosted by Aneby Trimpark Labo Mizuho. Families experience an afternoon learning about Japanese culture with plenty of fun hands-on activities including Japanese calligraphy, tissue paper art, sushi assembly and more! Check down below for a…

TOP FIVE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVALS

Spring has sprung, and suddenly so: though Yokota saw snow on the first day of the season, it was quickly followed by warm weather and, even more thrillingly, the appearance of cherry blossoms. Sakura trees are a national treasure, and there is no better way to enjoy their beauty than to attend a cherry blossom…

Tokyu Snow Resorts- Ski or SB All The Way Through May!

Looking to catch the slopes for a day or weekend getaway all the way through May? Look no further than Tokyu Resorts’ Grandeco Snow Resort and Tamabara Ski Park – both located within a few hours from Yokota Air Base. Celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day in style by taking a trip with Outdoor Recreation (ODR)…

JEWELLUMINATION AT YOMIURILAND

Yomiuriland Amusement Park is a great place for a romantic and family-friendly getaway for the winter season. With a myriad of lights adorning every ride, tree, and bush – this winter wonderland is sure to make its patrons enjoy the cold season. Illumination season does not end with the holidays and lasts all the way…

WINTER WONDERLAND IN JAPAN

Japan’s a gorgeous country throughout all four seasons and each season offers a multitude of outdoor and indoor sports. From amazing surf options during the summer and traditional fall festivals packed with delicious food, to spring time hiking with picturesque landscapes. And then there’s the winter season, offering visitors a chance to experience the country’s…

JAPANESE CULTURE COURSES WITH A&FRC

Every month, A&FRC offers a variety of fun hands-on courses which cover amazing and unique Japanese traditions, culture and customs. Their culture course and cultural adaption courses are specially designed to help you successfully acclimate to the Japanese culture. Check out the courses below for more information. Japanese Culture Course For this biyearly culture course,…

SHINKANSEN: JAPANESE BULLET TRAIN

Out of all the unique ways to travel throughout Japan, perhaps one of the most remarkable forms of efficient travel options is the Shinkansen or “bullet train.” Recorded as the world’s first high-speed railway system, it continues to arguably be the best in the world. The Shinkansen’s impressive system is comprised of seven different lines…

MARICAR GO-KARTING

OVERVIEW Japan’s found a way to combine the love of go-karting and dressing in costume at the ever-popular MariCar Inc. Motor and ComicCon enthusiasts are buzzing with excitement now that they’re able to dress in lively costumes while driving on actual city streets in Go-karts. After all, only in Japan can anyone find themselves dressed…

EXPLORE JAPAN YOUR WAY

There are multiple travel options available on base. Every month, Information, Tickets & Travel, Outdoor Recreation and Arts & Crafts Center take trips all over Japan, offering a variety of options for travelers with different interests. However, the scheduled tours might not always be the most convenient option. A desired destination may not be offered,…