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,…

5 STEPS TO SUCCESSFULLY CLIMB MT. FUJI

Mount Fuji is one of the top destinations for tourists visiting Japan. People that actually attempted the climb have a variety of impressions from “Oh my God, I LOVED it” to “Don’t do it!” If you want to end up in the former category and make your friends and family jealous, follow the 5 simple…

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RAMEN

One of the most popular dishes in Japan is ramen. Originally imported from China, ramen has been significantly alternated over the years and, eventually, Japanese-style ramen became one of the most favored budget meals for Japanese people. No matter the area, ramen shops and restaurants with a very distinctive signage can be spotted almost instantly….

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…