Japan

8 greatest city mascots around the world

8 greatest city mascots around the world

Where to pay homage to the cutest local celebrities you'll ever stalk
Bittersweet sayonara to a Tokyo landmark

Bittersweet sayonara to a Tokyo landmark

Tokyo's Okura Hotel is cramped and dated, but its history, charm and devotion to customer service are worth preserving
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
Everything you didn't necessarily want to know about toilets

Everything you didn't necessarily want to know about toilets

Tokyo's science museum has opened an exhibit focusing on the commode, even offering visitors the chance to be flushed
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
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Osaka

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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
The world's most incredible bike routes

The world's most incredible bike routes

Amazing two-wheel treks from the snow-capped Himalayas to the scorching forests of the Aussie bush
Japan's Shimanami Kaido: One of the world's incredible bike routes

Japan's Shimanami Kaido: One of the world's incredible bike routes

The Island-Wave-Sea Route is an expressway made for cycling, offering amazing views of the Seto Inland Sea National Park
Japan's 'anti-loneliness' cafe goes viral

Japan's 'anti-loneliness' cafe goes viral

At Tokyo's Moomin House Cafe, lone patrons are seated with a stuffed animal for company
10 of Asia's best beer bars

10 of Asia's best beer bars

Microbrews and craft beers are taking over Asia. Here are the top places to knock back a pint
World music: It's Okinawa's turn

World music: It's Okinawa's turn

Unique melodies float from every doorway along Naha's Kokusai-dori, Okinawa's main entertainment drag
World's best restaurant heading to Tokyo... staff and all

World's best restaurant heading to Tokyo... staff and all

After scooping top honors at the San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant Awards, Copenhagen's Noma says it's coming to Japan
Sukiyabashi Jiro: The Tokyo sushi restaurant where Obama ate

Sukiyabashi Jiro: The Tokyo sushi restaurant where Obama ate

President Obama joins Prime Minister Abe for dinner at the best sushi restaurant in the world
Artist 'jolts people awake' with zippers and T-shirts

Artist 'jolts people awake' with zippers and T-shirts

Whether he's dressing naked statues or creating balloons shaped like buttocks, Jun Kitagawa's public art is erotic and playful
11 extremely practical Japan travel tips

11 extremely practical Japan travel tips

Which apps to download, what cards to buy and what to pre-book before your trip
Japan's puffer fish capital: Delicious and deadly

Japan's puffer fish capital: Delicious and deadly

Shimonoseki is home to the only market in the country that specializes in the fish that could kill five men with its liver alone
Visiting the archrival alchemists of Japanese whiskey

Visiting the archrival alchemists of Japanese whiskey

By competing with each other, Japanese whiskey makers have climbed into the ranks of the world's elite