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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

CHICHIBU NIGHT FESTIVAL

Every year in early December, the mountainous city of Chichibu holds one of the most famous float festivals in all of Japan. Historically dating back 2,000 years ago, this two-day festival lights up the night sky with hundreds of lanterns and a beautiful firework display. If you missed the opportunity to try delicious, traditional Japanese…