Byodo Temple, Kyoto
Byodo Temple, Japan/Christina Garofalo

Bringing you the world’s best travel destinations — and when you should visit them for the best value. Tokyo is Japan’s frenetic, futuristic capital, but Kyoto is its intellectual center. It’s also one of the best places to experience formal Japanese traditions, including kaiseki dining, tea ceremonies, geishas, and prewar... Read More

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Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

With an incredible variety of lodging — from traditional-style boutique hotels with 10 rooms to soaring luxury hotels in skyscrapers — booking a place to stay in Japan can be an overwhelming experience. That’s especially true in a city like Kyoto, which can sometimes be touristy and hard to... Read More

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Blazing red and orange leaves are some of the best reasons to travel in fall, and this year we wanted to find some unexpected foliage spots. So, of course, we turned to Instagram. After all, what other platform draws users who love to take beautiful photographs in the most... Read More

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While Tokyo is not nearly as unaffordable as common wisdom would have it, it’s certainly not a cheap place to visit – starting with the four-figures-and-counting price of the airfare to get there. But with a little bit of insider knowledge, you can enjoy Tokyo – including some of... Read More

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Last month we gave you a pictorial run-down of 11 Otherworldly Snow and Ice Festivals Around the Globe. Now, in honor of the brave folks who are dealing with the snow and cold that’s cutting directly through the northeast, we bring you another slideshow that’s a little toastier: Fire... Read More

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5 Must-Try Dishes of Keihanshin, Japan

Like Japan itself, the country’s Keihanshin region (made up of Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe) is renowned for its cuisine, including Kobe beef and sashimi. But there are also some lesser-known local delicacies that are worth a taste. If you’re looking to experience the gourmet side of Keihanshin’s culture, here... Read More

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Suntory Yamazaki Whisky

Whisky conjures up a bunch of feelings for me: First, I cringe a little (I’m more of a vodka-cranberry-type girl – I know, falling into a stereotype). Next, I think of either Tennessee, Kentucky, or Scotland, where whisky is best-known in my books. I definitely don’t think about Japan. But then... Read More