Category: Destinations  

Japan

The former red-light district now hosts a new breed of performer

Mar 24, 2011 | No Comments | 9,935 views
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Asia

Life moves slowly in Burma’s water world

Feb 24, 2011 | No Comments | 4,847 views
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Japan

The largest slum in Japan is attracting a new breed of visitor: backpackers

Feb 10, 2011 | 4 Comments | 10,556 views
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Asia

The Vietnamese valley is a rich mix of ethnic minorities—and butterflies

Jan 27, 2011 | No Comments | 4,634 views
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Destinations

Take an easy, crowd-free hike on the Kanagawa shoreline

Jan 13, 2011 | No Comments | 8,345 views
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Asia

Borderland China offers a fertile mix of nature and ethnicities

Dec 9, 2010 | No Comments | 3,317 views
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Destinations

Nature paints the forest green on this verdant Kyushu island

Nov 18, 2010 | No Comments | 5,028 views
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Japan

Go under the volcano in southern Japan

Nov 4, 2010 | No Comments | 6,053 views
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Asia

Off the beaten track in the tribal heart of India

Oct 21, 2010 | No Comments | 5,213 views
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Japan

Listen for rumblings at a Hokkaido lake that never freezes

Oct 7, 2010 | No Comments | 6,595 views
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Japan

Get a glimpse behind the scene of Japan’s samurai movies

Sep 9, 2010 | No Comments | 5,737 views
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Asia

Just don’t call it “Takeshima”

Aug 26, 2010 | No Comments | 4,395 views
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Japan

The southern city is a hotbed of after-hours fun

Aug 5, 2010 | One Comment | 10,483 views
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Japan

Hop on a bicycle and head upstream

Jul 22, 2010 | 4 Comments | 9,680 views
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Oceania

The capital of Kiribati feels like the edge of the world

Jul 8, 2010 | No Comments | 6,434 views
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Japan

Chinatown isn’t the only ethnic enclave in Yokohama

Jun 24, 2010 | 5 Comments | 11,330 views
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Asia

Laos’ second city rewards early risers

Jun 10, 2010 | No Comments | 4,205 views
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Japan

Rediscover some architectural gems on your doorstep

May 27, 2010 | No Comments | 12,124 views
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Asia

The Chinese city still bears traces of the old Silk Road—for now

May 20, 2010 | One Comment | 3,430 views
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Japan

Since its opening five years ago, a reclusive sect's stunning museum has attracted wide international acclaim. Tama Miyake travels to the mountaintop.

May 19, 2010 | No Comments | 3,348 views
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Japan

Japan’s naval past and present converge in Kanagawa

Apr 29, 2010 | One Comment | 4,880 views
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Asia

The Vietnamese capital is a hotbed of culture—if you can dodge the traffic

Apr 15, 2010 | No Comments | 2,781 views
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Japan

Tradition meets modernity on an ancient highway in Nagano Prefecture

Apr 1, 2010 | No Comments | 4,808 views
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Asia

Enjoy the sights, sounds—and tastes—of the South Korean capital

Mar 18, 2010 | No Comments | 5,475 views
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Asia

The hermit kingdom is one of the most fascinating places on Earth—assuming you can get in

Mar 4, 2010 | No Comments | 3,358 views
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Japan

Get away from it all—and enjoy the year’s first blossom—on the outskirts of Tokyo.

Feb 18, 2010 | No Comments | 6,693 views
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Japan

Explore the home of Japan’s "hidden Christians" off the coast of Nagasaki

Feb 4, 2010 | One Comment | 6,309 views
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Japan

The former herring capital is now home to Hokkaido’s other snow festival

Jan 21, 2010 | No Comments | 4,516 views
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Oceania

The Australian Maldives offer an antidote to civilization

Jan 7, 2010 | No Comments | 4,331 views
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Getaways

When the young Sennosuke Yamaguchi took part in one of Japan’s early diplomatic missions to Europe and the US, the experience left him brimming with ideas. In 1878, the Keio University graduate established the Fujiya Hotel, the country’s first Western-style hotel, in the resort area of Hakone. Its name was taken from the Japanese word ...

Dec 17, 2009 | 2 Comments | 2,922 views
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Japan

Find a heart of gold on the Sea of Japan

Dec 17, 2009 | No Comments | 3,540 views
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Asia

The historical town is a short ride from Taipei—and a world away

Dec 3, 2009 | No Comments | 3,391 views
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Japan

Simon Rowe seeks serenity and a satisfying meal alongside the monks of Koya-san.

Dec 2, 2009 | No Comments | 2,109 views
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Japan

Renowned for its legendary temples and manicured gardens, Kyoto is one of Japan's top tourist destinations. Simon Rowe steps off the beaten path and delves into the ancient city's more charming corners.

Dec 2, 2009 | No Comments | 1,515 views
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Japan

Old-world fishing villages, a cast of crusty characters, and Japan's best octopus make Seto Inland Sea the place for epicures and adventurers. Simon Rowe sets sail.

Dec 2, 2009 | No Comments | 1,891 views
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Japan

Stephen Mansfield ventures into the picturesque calderas of Kyushu's Aso-Kuju National Park.

Dec 2, 2009 | No Comments | 1,589 views
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Japan

The "Battleship Island" is a window into a world that once was

Nov 19, 2009 | 2 Comments | 5,871 views
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Japan

The mountain temple complex is enough to bring the bard out in anyone

Nov 5, 2009 | One Comment | 4,226 views
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Japan

Swap the tourist trail for the open road

Oct 22, 2009 | 6 Comments | 6,808 views
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Japan

Temples and gorges jostle for attention in Iwate Prefecture

Oct 8, 2009 | No Comments | 3,809 views
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Asia

Heaven in the Pacific... weather permitting

Sep 24, 2009 | One Comment | 11,373 views
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Japan

Find some little-known green spots in central Tokyo

Sep 10, 2009 | 4 Comments | 10,673 views
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Japan

The birthplace of Japanese hard rock still kicks ass

Aug 28, 2009 | 4 Comments | 10,042 views
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Japan

Get your sun and surf without the crowds in eastern Chiba

Aug 21, 2009 | One Comment | 4,913 views
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Asia

The Chinese border city offers a tantalizing glimpse of the Hermit Kingdom

Aug 14, 2009 | No Comments | 2,289 views
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Japan

Surf, sun, sand… Tokyo? Enjoy a beach holiday without (technically) leaving the city

Jul 17, 2009 | No Comments | 14,573 views
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Asia

The south-east Asian country is becoming a beach paradise to die for

Jul 3, 2009 | No Comments | 7,300 views
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Japan

Head inland, and the peninsula is full of surprises

Jun 19, 2009 | One Comment | 5,289 views
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Japan

It's all burgers and whirlpools in the city of "Sas Vegas"

Jun 5, 2009 | No Comments | 4,536 views
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Asia

Ancient Buddhist traditions live on in this rugged mountain area

May 8, 2009 | No Comments | 2,055 views
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Japan

Follow an Edo-style path to good fortune in Meguro

Apr 24, 2009 | One Comment | 7,033 views
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Japan

Tohoku and Hokkaido are just a thumb ride away

Apr 10, 2009 | One Comment | 2,676 views
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Japan

Discover the legacy of the 1964 Tokyo Games as the city gears up for the next one… maybe

Mar 27, 2009 | No Comments | 4,855 views
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Asia

Many cultures bring a panorama of flavor to the table

Mar 13, 2009 | No Comments | 4,019 views
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Japan

Indulge your sweet tooth while strolling the streets of old Japan

Feb 27, 2009 | No Comments | 4,255 views
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Japan

Take a stroll through Japan's most architecturally forward-thinking city

Feb 13, 2009 | No Comments | 13,673 views
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Japan

Take a tram through the historic backstreets of Tokyo’s most populous ward

Jan 29, 2009 | No Comments | 4,873 views
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Japan

Escape the ordinary at an outdoor sculpture exhibit in Ibaraki

Nov 7, 2008 | No Comments | 3,349 views
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Japan

The "obachan" version of Takeshita Dori awaits in northern Tokyo

Oct 24, 2008 | No Comments | 5,932 views
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Japan

Hot springs and mountain climbing await in this slice of Kyushu

Oct 10, 2008 | No Comments | 7,467 views
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Japan

From Poison Gas Island to paradise

Sep 26, 2008 | No Comments | 9,024 views
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Japan

Escape the tourist mobs at former imperial villas

Sep 12, 2008 | No Comments | 4,303 views
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Japan

Go trekking through forest primeval - without leaving Japan

Aug 29, 2008 | No Comments | 4,402 views
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Japan

Tread in the footsteps of Edo-era travelers, and sleep where they slept

Aug 15, 2008 | No Comments | 5,973 views
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Europe

Europe’s crossroads of cultures makes room for one more

Jul 31, 2008 | No Comments | 3,832 views
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Japan

Get your ornithology fix at this Shinagawa sanctuary

Jul 17, 2008 | No Comments | 7,796 views
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Japan

Channel Jurassic Park on this verdant Japanese Island

Jul 3, 2008 | No Comments | 4,199 views
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Japan

Hokkaido’s winter wonderland turns out to be an all-seasons destination

Jun 19, 2008 | No Comments | 2,061 views
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Asia

Head to the “Asian Las Vegas” for an easy getaway from Tokyo

Jun 12, 2008 | No Comments | 3,553 views
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Asia

The seaside Olympic city sees the dawn of a new day in a reflection of its German past

Jun 5, 2008 | No Comments | 3,285 views
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Japan

Lose yourself in the natural splendor of Japan’s spiritual center

May 22, 2008 | No Comments | 2,370 views
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Japan

Head west for a dose of old Japan and unforgettable cultural curiosities

Apr 24, 2008 | No Comments | 2,367 views
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Europe

Find a sense of solitude in a dramatic North Atlantic landscape

Apr 10, 2008 | 2 Comments | 3,454 views
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Japan

The hills of Chiba make getting away from it all easier than expected

Mar 27, 2008 | No Comments | 3,682 views
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Europe

The beautiful French marshland beckons flamingos, Gypsies—and you

Mar 13, 2008 | No Comments | 3,060 views
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Japan

Sip shiso tea and explore Meiji-era buildings in a valley that time forgot

Feb 28, 2008 | No Comments | 2,511 views
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Japan

Enjoy winter sports and cozy hot springs in the highlands of Nagano

Feb 14, 2008 | No Comments | 3,168 views
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Japan

Snow monsters (and monster runs) await visitors to Japan’s oldest ski resort

Jan 31, 2008 | No Comments | 2,294 views
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Japan

Cranes, trains and no automobiles await visitors in Hokkaido

Jan 17, 2008 | No Comments | 5,764 views
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Japan

A new concierge service helps urbanites escape to luxurious inns of old

Dec 20, 2007 | No Comments | 3,204 views
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Oceania

The remote region is one of Australia’s—and the world’s—most pristine ecological areas

Dec 6, 2007 | No Comments | 2,620 views
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Japan

Swim with big fishes in this little corner of paradise

Nov 22, 2007 | No Comments | 3,192 views
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Africa

The Sultanate comes of age as a modern gateway to Old Arabia

Nov 8, 2007 | No Comments | 2,783 views
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Japan

The hills of Nagasaki are remnants of a painful history

Nov 1, 2007 | No Comments | 2,341 views
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South America

All relaxing and no throngs of tourists make this Central American island far from dull

Oct 11, 2007 | No Comments | 3,096 views
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Japan

Nagano’s Kamikochi region shows why the Japan Alps rival their European namesake

Sep 27, 2007 | No Comments | 2,885 views
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Europe

enjoy an urban trek around the City of Light

Sep 13, 2007 | No Comments | 3,187 views
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Japan

Escape the hustle and flow in the hills around Japan’s ancient capital

Aug 30, 2007 | No Comments | 6,354 views
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South America

Follow the colorful Guatemalan rainforest to a pot of Mayan architectural gold

Aug 16, 2007 | No Comments | 2,710 views
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Japan

Find leisure, pirate ships and “romance” just a stone’s throw from Tokyo

Aug 2, 2007 | No Comments | 3,549 views
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Europe

One train pass is all you need to experience three classic cities

Jul 21, 2007 | No Comments | 2,319 views
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Asia

The remnants of French colonial history linger in Laos’ “City of the Moon”

Jul 19, 2007 | No Comments | 3,434 views
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Japan

Offering everything from kite surfing to beach parties, the OC of Tokyo beckons

Jul 5, 2007 | No Comments | 3,775 views
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Oceania

since topping a poll of the world’s happiest countries, Vanuatu has begun attracting the attention of the outside world

Jun 28, 2007 | No Comments | 3,255 views
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North America

A new breed of accommodation offers the best of hotels and apartments

Jun 21, 2007 | No Comments | 3,946 views
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Japan

Ancient Tokyo comes alive in the Chiba village of Sawara

Jun 7, 2007 | No Comments | 2,388 views
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Europe

the volcanic island offers an unexpected glimpse of Greek life

May 24, 2007 | No Comments | 2,821 views
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Japan

Life in the Seto Inland Sea town of Tomo-no-Ura revolves around its fishing industry. Stephen Mansfield experiences the salty charm.

May 19, 2007 | No Comments | 1,430 views
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Japan

swim with dolphins in a pristine wilderness

May 10, 2007 | No Comments | 4,735 views
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Oceania

Papua New Guinea’s heavenly climate and colorful mix of cultures illuminate the senses

Apr 26, 2007 | No Comments | 2,437 views
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Japan

After a day of temples and gardens, nothing’s better than a cold one

Apr 12, 2007 | No Comments | 7,153 views
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Europe

A journey through the Kurdish north is hardly as dangerous as it seems

Mar 29, 2007 | No Comments | 2,339 views
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Japan

Escape the late-winter blues with a tropical blast from the past

Mar 15, 2007 | No Comments | 1,427 views
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Europe

Commune with religion and nature in an ancient land

Mar 8, 2007 | No Comments | 1,571 views
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Japan

Return to a forgotten time at one of Honshu’s most remote getaways

Feb 15, 2007 | No Comments | 2,471 views
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Asia

One of Burma’s many splendid attractions hangs by a hair

Feb 1, 2007 | No Comments | 916 views
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Japan

For personal trips gentle to the soul, seek out the old-time charm of Hida Takayama

Jan 19, 2007 | No Comments | 1,643 views
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South America

Experience the vibrant colors of Cuba at this remote farming hamlet

Jan 5, 2007 | No Comments | 1,582 views
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Japan

A serene stroll through history awaits at this seaside retreat

Dec 22, 2006 | No Comments | 1,436 views
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Asia

Ha Long Bay offers a breath of calm away from Vietnam’s urban rush

Dec 8, 2006 | No Comments | 1,041 views
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Japan

Fox fires and bar codes help a rural Niigata town reinvent itself

Nov 23, 2006 | No Comments | 1,510 views
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Asia

Scenic beauty and explosive rituals go hand in hand in Indonesia

Nov 9, 2006 | No Comments | 1,233 views
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Japan

Twenty-five ryokan welcome international guests to Izu

Oct 26, 2006 | No Comments | 1,442 views
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Japan

The fabled sightseeing destination comes alive in autumn

Sep 28, 2006 | No Comments | 1,318 views
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Asia

Sipping Butter Tea with the monks of Zhongdian

Sep 14, 2006 | No Comments | 1,174 views
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Japan

Kanto’s most impressive temple is closer than you think

Aug 31, 2006 | No Comments | 1,321 views
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Oceania

Extreme bus driving as a way of life in the South Pacific

Aug 17, 2006 | No Comments | 3,600 views
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Japan

Return to nature on two of Japan’s most remote islands

Aug 4, 2006 | No Comments | 2,988 views
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Japan

Japan’s proud old capital gets a glimpse of its exciting future

Jul 14, 2006 | No Comments | 3,906 views
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Asia

Soak up some royal history in Sukhothai, Thailand

Jun 23, 2006 | No Comments | 1,369 views
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Japan

The faded glories of Miyazaki are ripe for rediscovery

Jun 9, 2006 | No Comments | 2,768 views
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Oceania

Explore Australia’s wild side on the coast north of Cairns

May 26, 2006 | No Comments | 2,311 views
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Japan

Hidden messages and burnt-out Tokyoites wash up on Okinawa’s islands

May 12, 2006 | No Comments | 2,915 views
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Asia

Or, How We Almost Froze on One of China’s Sacred Peaks

Apr 28, 2006 | No Comments | 1,470 views
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Japan

Hell on earth can be found in Beppu, a must-visit for fans of Japanese onsen

Apr 13, 2006 | No Comments | 1,274 views
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Oceania

The Philippine island of Malapascua is home to sand, sun—and one very strange safari

Mar 31, 2006 | No Comments | 2,551 views
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North America

Think the Ice Bar is Cool? Try Spending a Night at the Ice Cold Ice Hotel

Mar 17, 2006 | No Comments | 2,323 views
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Japan

Devastated by a volcanic eruption six years ago, the island of Miyakejima is back in business—sort of

Mar 17, 2006 | No Comments | 2,815 views
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Asia

Three cities off the beaten path reveal India’s Heart and Soul

Mar 3, 2006 | No Comments | 2,862 views
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Japan

Skiing and snowboarding conditions this year are close to perfection

Feb 10, 2006 | No Comments | 2,894 views
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Europe

Find out why one local expat traveled from London to Tokyo—by bicycle

Jan 27, 2006 | No Comments | 1,864 views
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Asia

Dubai Defies Physics, Geography and Cost in Pursuit of the Cutting Edge

Jan 20, 2006 | No Comments | 1,623 views
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Japan

At Kyoto’s Ume-yu bathhouse, the customers are young, tough... and tattooed

Dec 23, 2005 | No Comments | 3,082 views
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Africa

From crowded markets to placid mosques, Cairo’s attractions are legion

Dec 9, 2005 | No Comments | 1,702 views
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Japan

Hateruma Island offers a primeval slice of sand and surf

Nov 25, 2005 | No Comments | 2,260 views
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Asia

Get a glimpse of unspoiled Asia in the lush countryside of Laos

Nov 18, 2005 | No Comments | 1,639 views
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Japan

Nokogiri-yama in chiba is as appealing as Nikko or Kamakura, and just as accessible

Oct 28, 2005 | No Comments | 3,657 views
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Asia

Macau pays its respects to history while keeping a keen eye on the future

Oct 6, 2005 | No Comments | 1,318 views
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Asia

Peak season can’t come soon enough for hotels in southern Thailand

Sep 8, 2005 | No Comments | 1,004 views
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South America

In the island nation’s largest port, the common language is music

Aug 25, 2005 | No Comments | 1,428 views
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Japan

Sixty years after the infamous attack, Hiroshima is a site of remembrance

Aug 11, 2005 | No Comments | 1,141 views
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Asia

Endless vistas and mysterious shrines await in rural Mongolia

Jul 28, 2005 | No Comments | 1,807 views
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Japan

Kyoto’s little-visited gardens justify a trip all their own

Jul 14, 2005 | No Comments | 1,595 views
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Europe

While maintaining its cultural distinction, the Basque homeland of Bayonne offers the best of Spain and France

Jun 30, 2005 | No Comments | 1,032 views
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Japan

Beaches, museums—and painted ladies—await visitors in Atami and Ito

Jun 16, 2005 | No Comments | 3,025 views
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Asia

In quiet parks and bustling markets, Malaysia’s capital reveals its past and future

Jun 2, 2005 | No Comments | 2,211 views
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Japan

Shinrin Koen in Saitama offers year-round fun for space-deprived Tokyoites

May 19, 2005 | No Comments | 1,736 views
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Asia

Ancient and modern worlds collide in the Korean capital, a city of futuristic architecture, tranquil palaces and fiery cuisine

May 5, 2005 | No Comments | 1,001 views
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Asia

Explore untouched 900-year-old temples in Myanmar’s Bagan region

Apr 7, 2005 | No Comments | 1,229 views
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Japan

Squeeze a last bit of fun out of winter in the mountains of Nagano

Mar 24, 2005 | No Comments | 1,004 views
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Africa

Township tours offer a vibrant glimpse of daily life in South Africa

Mar 10, 2005 | No Comments | 1,865 views
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Japan

Yuzama offers beginners a chance to ski before the snow melts

Feb 24, 2005 | No Comments | 1,076 views
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Asia

Take a gastronomic tour through India’s food capital

Feb 10, 2005 | No Comments | 2,150 views
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Japan

An around-the-world biker makes a pit stop in Tokyo

Jan 27, 2005 | No Comments | 994 views
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South America

Rainswept trails and lush beauty await in Costa Rica's Monteverde Nature Preserve

Jan 13, 2005 | No Comments | 1,119 views
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Japan

Kyoto's makeover studios offer visitors a new twist on tradition

Dec 30, 2004 | No Comments | 2,260 views
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Oceania

Indonesia’s most vibrant village replenishes heart, mind and soul

Dec 9, 2004 | No Comments | 1,087 views
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Japan

Nagoya is a city of potential heading into Expo 2005

Nov 25, 2004 | No Comments | 1,453 views
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Asia

Float across the watery heart of Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan

Nov 18, 2004 | No Comments | 1,386 views
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Japan

A retreat restores the senses in the highlands of Fukushima

Oct 28, 2004 | No Comments | 1,779 views
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Oceania

Warm, white sand meets an ocean of blues in a remote corner of the South Pacific

Oct 14, 2004 | No Comments | 1,687 views
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Japan

A grueling 25-hour boat ride ends in the idyllic island chain of Ogasawara

Sep 30, 2004 | No Comments | 1,104 views
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Europe

The Trans-Siberian Railway is an epic journey that begins right at Japan’s doorstep

Sep 16, 2004 | No Comments | 1,111 views
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Japan

Yunishigawa offers a leisurely glimpse into Japan's illustrious past

Sep 2, 2004 | No Comments | 1,247 views
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Asia

A guide to fun on the fringe at Hong Kong’s nightlife district of Lan Kwai Fong

Aug 19, 2004 | No Comments | 1,680 views
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Japan

Andrew McHugh embarks on a timeless pilgrimage in Tokyo’s tranquil backyard.

Jul 8, 2004 | No Comments | 1,257 views
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Japan

City slicker Matthew Reiss takes a breather along Shikoku’s Shimanto River.

Jun 10, 2004 | No Comments | 1,560 views
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Japan

In search of an ancient civilization swallowed by the sea, Carlo Niederberger plunges into the waters off Yonaguni.

May 13, 2004 | No Comments | 1,415 views
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Japan

Hakkakuso in Tateyama offers a jumping-off point for cycling, swimming, and the well-preserved charm of Japanese fishing villages. Steve Trautlein heads to the coast.

Apr 15, 2004 | No Comments | 1,739 views
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Japan

Cha and music have long been Nagasaki's two great passions. Simon Rowe hops on a tram to sample the Kyushu city's delights.

Mar 18, 2004 | No Comments | 1,037 views
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Japan

Grab your coats and your wallets for a tour of the best of Osaka with local boy Simon Rowe.

Feb 19, 2004 | No Comments | 1,971 views
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Japan

Matt Button heads to Hokkaido and revels in the serenity of Daisetsuzan National Park.

Jan 22, 2004 | No Comments | 1,824 views
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Japan

The history of Arima runs as deep as its hot springs. Stephen Mansfield soaks up the local ambience.

Dec 11, 2003 | No Comments | 1,182 views
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Japan

The rustic Okayama town of Takahashi offers the casual visitor a release from the world. Stephen Mansfield enjoys the time on his hands.

Nov 13, 2003 | No Comments | 1,656 views
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Japan

Urban escapees in search of a little anonymity are drawn to Ishigaki-jima. Simon Rowe finds out why.

Oct 16, 2003 | No Comments | 1,075 views
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Japan

Once a pirate haunt, the port town of Onomichi in the Inland Sea still houses an intriguing array of temples, and a surprising number of cats and cat lovers. Stephen Mansfield goes exploring.

Sep 18, 2003 | No Comments | 1,413 views
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Japan

Ocean breezes, smiling faces, exotic markets, and a laid-back pace. Catherine Pawasarat finds Japanese-style relaxation on the shores of the Noto Peninsula

Aug 21, 2003 | No Comments | 1,748 views
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Japan

John McGee plumbs the depths and scales the heights of Tohoku's grandest national park.

Jul 24, 2003 | No Comments | 1,182 views
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Japan

Home to Kyoto-style gardens and the Peace Museum for kamikaze, Chiran offers a healthy dose of history and culture. Stephen Mansfield takes a walk.

Jun 26, 2003 | No Comments | 1,431 views
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Japan

Take a step back in time with a leisurely stroll through the forests and towns of the Kiso Valley. Mary King sets the pace.

May 29, 2003 | No Comments | 1,637 views
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Japan

Simon Rowe braves the storms and heads down to Shikoku’s “Typhoon Ginza,” Cape Ashizuri.

May 1, 2003 | No Comments | 2,537 views
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