Discover the beautiful, the unique and the bizarre sides of Japan in our insider series

Discover the beautiful, the unique and the bizarre sides of Japan in our insider series

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Japan's 31 most beautiful places

Japan's 31 most beautiful places

Is it possible to take an ugly photo of these stunningly scenic destinations in Japan? We don't think so
Glittering flowers in winter: Japan’s biggest light show returns

Glittering flowers in winter: Japan’s biggest light show returns

A hot springs resort turns into a flower park in Japan’s most extravagant light display each winter
Kyoto finally gets a super-luxury hotel

Kyoto finally gets a super-luxury hotel

Ritz-Carlton's arrival means high-end travelers no longer have to fight over the city's few luxury ryokans
Kyoto's Sagano Bamboo Forest: One of the most beautiful groves

Kyoto's Sagano Bamboo Forest: One of the most beautiful groves

Though it's the beauty of the bamboo that brings in the masses, those distinct rustling sounds have become an attraction in their own right
Toei Kyoto Studio Park: Samurai, ninjas and the original Power Rangers

Toei Kyoto Studio Park: Samurai, ninjas and the original Power Rangers

When mutinous cries of "Not another zen garden, dad!" ring out, it's time to head for the Hollywood of Japan
Super-car designer creates super-train in Japan

Super-car designer creates super-train in Japan

Japanese rail company JR East has released incredible images of its upcoming Cruise Train, created by Ferrari designer Ken Okuyama
Geisha hunting in Kyoto: 7 things to know before going to Gion

Geisha hunting in Kyoto: 7 things to know before going to Gion

Always wanted to photograph a geisha? It's worth brushing up on your geiko/maiko etiquette first
The Japanese inn that claims to make you beautiful

The Japanese inn that claims to make you beautiful

Kamigoten Ryokan has been run by the same family since 1658. Turns out high quality H2O is the key to its longevity
Overnight on one of the world's most sacred mountains

Overnight on one of the world's most sacred mountains

In Koyasan, Japan, ancient forests share space with historic pagodas, temples and more than 200,000 gravestones
Naked men, pandas, white beaches: One weekend in Shirahama

Naked men, pandas, white beaches: One weekend in Shirahama

Japanese bathing culture isn't the only thing you'll be exposing yourself to in this fantastic seaside town
Hiroshima atomic bomb attraction more popular than ever

Hiroshima atomic bomb attraction more popular than ever

Almost 70 years after the U.S. military dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the site of the devastation remains one of the country's most visited tourist sites