Hashima or Gunkanjima (Battleship Island) Nagasaki

Hashima or Gunkanjima (Battleship Island) Nagasaki

SUBMITTED BY HYLA AND ADAM ERNST Thank you, Wendy Lewis, for telling us about this place! As soon as we heard that there was an abandoned city on an island somewhere near Nagasaki, we knew that we had to visit this place.  Officially named Hashima, the island is more commonly referred to by its nickname of Gunkanjima or “Battleship
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Mt. Takasaki Wild Monkey Park (Takasakiyama Shizen Doubutsuen)

Mt. Takasaki Wild Monkey Park (Takasakiyama Shizen Doubutsuen)

SUBMITTED BY ADAM AND HYLA ERNST We visited Mt. Takasaki Wild Monkey Park as part of our Hello Kitty Land road trip for our daughter’s birthday.  Located only about twenty minutes from Beppu and about forty minutes from Hello Kitty Land, it is a nice little side trip from either location. Mt. Takasaki is home to
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Hiroshima Transportation Museum

Hiroshima Transportation Museum

SUBMITTED BY KIMBERLY VITEK This museum has been on my list of thing to do since I arrived in Iwakuni last spring and was referred by someone who lives in Hiroshima.  Anyone I’d ask about it here in Iwakuni appeared to not have heard of it.  So, I hope I’m about to share a little
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Harmony Land (Hello Kitty Land)

Harmony Land (Hello Kitty Land)

SUBMITTED BY HYLA AND ADAM ERNST Everyone in our family has a wish list of things we want to do before we leave Japan.  For our daughter, visiting Harmony Land was up there at the top of her list.  Inevitable really, since her last four birthday parties have been Hello Kitty themed and at any given time, there is at
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Tsunoshima Island and Lighthouse

Tsunoshima Island and Lighthouse

SUBMITTED BY SHANNON REUTER I recently had the pleasure of visiting Tusnoshima Island in Shimonoseki City. It’s a little over an hour’s drive from Kamon Wharf, where you’ll find the aquarium, Karato Fish Market, shops and cafes. The island was a wonderful end to my adventurous day! The nearly 6000 foot long Tsunoshima Bridge runs
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Hizen Yume Kaido (Ninja Village) in Ureshino

Hizen Yume Kaido (Ninja Village) in Ureshino

SUBMITTED BY HYLA AND ADAM ERNST After a full day of driving and sightseeing on Gunkanjima island and at the Nagasaki Lantern Festival, we wanted to give our kids a break and let them be kids.  Hizen Yume Kaido, located about an hour away from Sasebo, or about four hours from Iwakuni, was a fun
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Mikawa Mu Valley

Mikawa Mu Valley

SUBMITTED BY HYLA AND ADAM ERNST Special thanks to our son’s third grade teacher and classmates who enthusiastically helped us gather info and pictures to share with the community. This weekend we gave the kids a chance to plan the day for our family and they both agreed on a trip to the Underground Kingdom
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Jigoku aka “Hells” of Beppu

Jigoku aka “Hells” of Beppu

SUBMITTED BY HYLA AND ADAM ERNST Beppu is a city famous for its natural hot springs.  We only spent a day in Beppu as part of a longer four-day road trip but on top of our “to see” list were the Jigoku or “Hells” of Beppu.  The Hells of Beppu consist of eight major geothermal spots across the city,
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Sakurajima

Sakurajima

SUMITTED BY HYLA AND ADAM ERNST A while back, Adam came up with this crazy idea of driving around the entire island of Kyushu (with kids and possibly dogs in tow).  The entire road trip would center around visiting one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Sakurajima, and hoping to be in the right place at the right time to
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Club Med Kabira (Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Prefecture)

Club Med Kabira (Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Prefecture)

SUBMITTED BY ADAM AND HYLA ERNST We visited Ishigaki Island over Memorial Day weekend in 2012, and we have been meaning to share about our experience for awhile because our time at Club Med on Ishigaki was truly memorable. Ishigaki is part of Okinawa prefecture and the island is reachable by plane (from Okinawa as well as other cities
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