Kamakura: A Coastal Relic

Walk along spectacular beaches, shop in trendy boutiques and explore numerous temples and shrines all within one city. Kamakura flaunts some of the best summertime scenes Japan all within a few square miles. Despite its small size — or perhaps with the help of it — Kamakura is vibrant, diverse and the perfect day trip….

Shimoda

Craving a beach trip? Dip your toes in the clear blue water of this popular summer destination, just 3.5 hours south of Yokota on the Izu Pennisula. Don’t miss our favorite things to do in this charming seaside town. Shirahama Jinja Shrine Visit the oldest shrine on the Izu Penninsula, built directly on the beach….

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

For most foreigners, Japan connotes metropolitan landscapes crawling with people, but the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park counters that image with its diverse geography and comparative tranquility. Despite its proximity to the Tokyo metropolis, Hakone cannot be more different as it is home to an active volcanic zone, hot springs, beautiful Lake Ashinoko, mountains and plenty of…

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,…