Tips & Tricks for Hiking Japan

Hike the beautiful mountains and forests of Japan with ease by following these simple hiking tips. #1 Plan your route ahead of time. Japan’s trail signs are rarely in English, so do your research beforehand. Do you prefer a difficult hike up-hill or a leisurely stroll through the woods? How many miles are you willing…

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…

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,…

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,…

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…

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…