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Japan travel guide, including map of Japan, key facts, travel tips for Japan, culture, things to do in Japan, accommodation, transport and weather in Japan

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Japan: Back with a bang?

Travel volunteer Jamie Lafferty beats the drum for travellers to return to Japan

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Travelling in Japan's Kiso Valley

Slip on a yukata and a cowbell for a traditional taste of Japan’s Kiso Valley

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Japan's cherry blossom blooms

Armed with a bento box and a sheet of tarpaulin, Tokyo-based we tell you where, when and how to join Japan’s springtime petal party

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Discover Japan's Atlantis of the East

At the westernmost point of Japan lies the mysterious monument of Yonaguni – was it made by man, martians or Mother Nature? A dip underwater is the only way to find out...

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Discovering the secret side of Japan

Nowhere mixes the old and new quite like Japan – use modern trains to discover pilgrim paths, timeless peaks and glimpses into the past...

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Hokkaido: Japan's wild frontier

It's got world class skiing and neon-lit cities, but Japan's northerly island also has untamed back-country haunted by its indigenous Ainu people

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of Japan

Japan is a country of contrasts, from high-tech cities to ancient wooden shrines, with cherry blossoms sprinkled on top like confetti. There's nowhere else quite like it. Go now!

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A culinary tour of Japan

Tokyo has more Michelin stars than London and Paris combined. Ben Anderson tours Japan, eating treats 'so good I found it hard to believe I was ingesting food'

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Hiking in Honshu, Japan

Trekking through bamboo forests, around glorious lakes – accompanied by tinkling 'bear bells' – Japan is one of our favourite walking spots. Here's how to do it like the locals

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A quick guide to Japan's bullet trains

Want to whiz through Japan with the greatest of ease? Hop on board a bullet train to cover maximum ground for minimum Yen

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5 strange foods from Japan

Experimental foodie or fussy eater? Whatever your tastes check out these top five strange foods from Japan. Whether you seek them out or avoid them is up to you

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4 videos that will inspire you to get adventurous in Japan

Adventure is never far away in Japan. You just need to think outside of the box. These stunning videos show you how

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Snow Monkey, Japan: Story behind the photo

In the latest Wanderlust magazine we feature an incredible photograph of a snow monkey in Jigokudani Valley, Japan. Here's the story behind the shot

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7 things you must do in Japan

Few countries are as utterly unique as Japan, with fantastic food, captivating culture, wonderful wildlife and lovely landscapes to explore. Here are our tips on how to make the most of your own visit.

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8 amazing books to read before you visit Japan

From Haruki Murakami’s classic to a Tokyo guide for creatives, Jude Brosnan from Stanford Books reviews the 8 fantastic books you should read if you love Japan or are thinking of visiting

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How to do Classic Japan on a budget, including Tokyo, Kyoto and Mt Fuji

You might think experiencing Japan means spending a fortune, but with cheap flights and transport deals, free sights and a bit of inside knowledge, it’s more affordable to visit than ever..

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A 'confused sea': rowing across the Pacific ocean, from Japan to San Francisco

Mick Dawson spent 440 days at sea, rowing 7000 miles across the Pacific ocean from Japan to San Francisco. Here, he recounts the moment that nearly broke him and how he found strength to go on…

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Winter in Hokkaido, Japan

Hokkaido is Japan’s wild frontier, especially in winter, when cars are swapped for snowmobiles and huskies, cranes dance, hot springs steam and the sparkling Sapporo Snow Festival comes to town...

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The Wanderlust guide to Kyushu, Japan

Kyushu is one of Japan’s lesser-visited islands: a place of hot springs, volcanoes and endless mountains. Here we give you our guide on everything you need to know about visiting...

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The Wanderlust guide to Kansai, Japan

This Autumn, the Kansai region will be hosting the Rugby World Cup. Here we give you our guide on what to do, where to stay and what to eat in this beautiful area of Japan...

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How to survive as a vegetarian in Japan

If you’re a vegetarian heading to Japan, you won’t be going for the Kobe beef or sashimi. But the food can still be just as much a highlight, says author Lydia Ruffles. Here's how...

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Drawing a line under Nikko, Japan

Wandering illustrator Tim Baynes turns his eye – and his pens – on Japan's prettiest temple town

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Cycling in Japan

Far from the bright lights of Tokyo lies Shikoku Island, where lush mountains and hot springs make for a world class cycling trip, says Doug McKinlay

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Discover the little-visited areas of Japan

Everyone knows Tokyo and Kyoto, but look beyond the neon lights and you'll find a calmer, greener Japan is waiting to be explored. From the rice fields of Kyushu to the snow-capped mountains of Tohoku, read here to discover a new side of Japan...

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Dispatches: Freediving with Japan's ama women

'Sea women’ have been freediving for shellfish off the coast of Osatsu for thousands of years, but the future of Japan’s ama divers is looking uncertain as a new generation fails to follow in their wake…

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Your ultimate guide to Japan's cherry blossoms

Nowhere does spring bloom quite like Japan – here’s how to see its signature tree in full flower

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Okinawa: Off the beaten track in Japan's subtropical islands

This is Japan but not as you know it; nature lovers and adventurers will love these exotic islands with coral reefs, white-sand beaches, wildlife-rich jungle, and traditional cultures

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Instagram gallery: Japan's cherry blossom in full bloom

With Spring approaching, it's about time for Japan's famous cherry trees to explode in beautiful pink flowers. To celebrate, we've put together our favourite Instagram posts of the blossom...

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Osaka, Japan: The ultimate Wanderlust travel guide

With direct UK flights to Osaka, it’s never been easier to explore one of Japan's biggest cities – just make sure you go with an empty stomach, says Olivia Lee...

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6 reasons you need to visit Shikoku island, Japan

It may be the smallest of Japan's main islands, but with breathtaking cycle routes, captivating artwork and a sacred pilgrimage trail, an island of adventure awaits in Shikoku...

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How to explore Japan by train – the cheapest (and most adventurous) way to travel

Travel in the shadow of Japan's new luxury rail route and get more bang for your yen in the little-explored region of western Honshu

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Where to see Japan's stunning cherry blossoms without the crowds

Japan’s cherry blossom season is upon us and the country is again covered in a delicate shade of pink. Enjoy the soft beauty of the sakura without the crowds, out of the city and off the beaten track...

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A guide to Japan's amazing vending machines - and how to use them

InsideJapan tour leader, Steve Parker, argues that Japan’s weird and wonderful vending machines are a tourist attraction in themselves. They reveal more about the locals than they’d care to admit...

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6 reasons you should visit the mountainous region of Tohoku in Japan

Northeast of Japan is the mountain-boarded region of Tohoku. Be enchanted by blossom-carpeted parks, explore samurai castles, hike the pristine landscapes, ascend sacred mountains and much more...

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First 24 hours in Nagoya, Japan

Want an alternative start to your Japanese adventure? Then try Nagoya, which is packed with temples, castles and quirky youth culture

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How to spend your first 24 hours in Kyoto, Japan

Winning 'Top City' in our Reader Travel Awards 2017, Kyoto's array of ancient sites is no secret. From temples to cherry blossom-lined Philosopher's Path, here's how to enjoy the city without the crowds, says James Hadfield

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Wandersleeps: 7 of the best ryokans in Japan

These traditional inns come in all shapes, sizes, ages and areas. Our diverse selection all have one thing in common: authentic, soothing Japanese hospitality…

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The ultimate city guide to Kyoto, Japan

From fresh seafood market stalls and cherry blossom canal strolls to mesmerising temples and traditional inns, make the most of your trip to Kyoto with our ultimate guide...

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Photo Gallery: Michael Kenna's magical black and white photos from around the world

Black and white master photographer Michael Kenna's magical landscape pictures from Japan, France and the United States

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How my father inspired me to travel

Justin Egli follows his father's footsteps to Japan, and ponders the influence that parents have on how – and why – we travel

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The world's greatest cycle tours

Be it Guatemala or Japan, Sarah Elliott takes a look at some of the top cycling holidays that you shouldn’t miss out on

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2017’s best trips for culture seekers

Seek a deeper experience by understanding the locals – via their history and stomachs, on these extraordinary trips, including holidays in Vietnam, Egypt, Malta and Japan

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7 ways to discover a different side of Japan

Venture deep into authentic Japanese culture on these amazing journeys. They'll take you beyond the clichés and into the heart of this fascinating and beguiling country

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Recipe of the week: Kyushu ceviche from Japan

There's more to miso than meets the eye – and this ceviche is perfect for showcasing its complex flavours

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10 alternative things to do in Tokyo

Think you've been there and done that? Japan's capital has a whole host of hidden delights you should seek out on your next trip

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Michael Kenna: “I am not in control.”

Renowned black and white landscape photographer Michael Kenna on singing Beatles songs in Japan, exploring France, photographing the unseen, and his time in the priesthood

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The Cherry Tree

Twelve months after a tsunami devastated Japan, associate web editor Peter Moore celebrates the country's enduring ability to rebound and renew

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Hiking up Mount Fuji

This is the most classic adventure you can have in Japan. Here's how best to climb this elusive peak and snaffle the most precious views

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6 reasons you should visit the subtropical island of Kyushu in Japan

The island of Kyushu is perfect for walkers, wildlife-seekers and relaxers. Climb volcanoes, spot rare species on Yakushima and sprawl on white sand beaches. Beautiful Kyushu truly has it all...

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7 of the most beautiful places in Japan – and how to photograph them

Just west of Kyoto, Setouchi is a land of ancient shrines, grand bridges and island vistas – all ready and waiting to captured on Instagram...

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Joanna Lumley: “You would have to tie me to a tree to stop me travelling.”

With a new Japan travel series starting this week, Joanna Lumley talks about girl bands, red cranes, visiting Fukushima nuclear power plant and the upcoming Tokyo Olympics

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Frozen - 5 of the world’s best ice and snow festivals

With giant sculptures, dog sledding and even saxaphones made of ice, these frozen winter wonderlands of ice and snow, from Japan to Sweden, are the perfect place to unleash your inner Elsa and Let It Go

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The world's 5 best destinations to get tattooed

More and more people around the world are getting 'inked'. Tattoo expert Anna Felicity Friedman gives the lowdown on the 5 best places in the world to get tattooed, from Japan to Israel

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Travellers' Tales – the best travel stories from 2016

In 2016, we’ve been told incredible travel stories by the likes of Bryan Cranston, KT Tunstall, Joanna Lumley, Moby, Levison Wood, Art Malik, Billy Bragg and more. Here’s are some of their most colourful stories, from Patagonia to India and Japan

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SAS Crew Guide to Tokyo

Inside tips on where to eat, bath and buy for less in Japan's frenetic capital

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10 incredible photos of the world's highest volcanic summits

From a snow-capped gentle giant in Antarctica to a fire-spitting monster in Japan, these photos of the world's highest volcanoes will remind you of the power and beauty of these ancient landmarks...

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Monkey business! 9 extraordinary primate hotspots around the world

From the snow-bound rocks of Japan's 'Hell's Valley' to the ripe jungles of Borneo and Belize, here are nine destinations for a really wild encounter...

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10 crazy Japanese vending machines you won't believe exist

On every corner, in every town. Available every hour, every day. Whatever you've got a yen for, in Japan there's a vending machine that will sell it to you...

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What is 'forest bathing' - and how can you try it yourself?

It's the latest travel trend all the way from Japan, but, er, what is it, exactly? Find out what it involves, how it all works, what to expect, and the best places to practice forest bathing...

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14 of the world's most fascinating and eerie ghost towns

From a remote mining town in New Zealand to a scary 'ghost island' in Japan, we introduce 14 ghost worlds across six continents. Would you dare to visit any of them?

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Nature in Nikko: The mystical Japanese city you need to visit at least once

Nikko is a magical region of Japan – a place of misty waterfalls, mirror-smooth lakes and temples dripping in gold, easy to reach from Tokyo in two hours. Read our guide on why you need to visit now...

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Exploring in expert company: 2019’s best new learning trips

From photographing Japan and Nepal with the professionals, to getting great views of Chile's total eclipse – discover the planet’s most fascinating corners with help from those in the know…

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Festive fun: 10 frozen festivals to get heated up about

From music played through ice-built instruments in Norway to ice sculptures of Angkor Wat in Japan, these fantastic festivals add fun and colour to cold winters around the world...

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Dog gone! 7 extraordinary dog statues around the world commemorating man’s best friend

From a statue of Queen Victoria’s dog that asks you for money to a replica of Japan’s most famous pooch, these bronze canines are monuments to loyalty, service and affection. And how much we love them

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7 brilliant 'autumn colours' road trips that aren’t in New England

If it’s winding roads and a riot of autumn colour you’re after, forget the crowded byways of New England and head to these road trip gems in Germany, Japan, Canada and beyond

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Photo Gallery: 18 fantastic photos of the world’s birds, from eagles to penguins

Condors, cranes, pelicans, vultures, flamingos… Wildlife photographer Graeme Green’s evocative pictures of birds, from Japan to Tanzania, will help your imagination take flight…

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