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Germany's rail system is a great way to tour the country. It's cheap. It's (usually) punctual. And it has amazing views

Japan

Fishing in Tokyo: Where to drop your line in the city

Fishing in Tokyo: Where to drop your line in the city

Below Tokyo's monoliths, local fisherman can still find a place to lay their bait
Tokyo Dandy: Fashion-blogging scourge of the underworld

Tokyo Dandy: Fashion-blogging scourge of the underworld

Tokyo's leading party bards go from high-end to lo-fi to document Japan's Lost Generation -- even if it means tangling with organized crime
Ghosts of battles past in Shimonoseki

Ghosts of battles past in Shimonoseki

In Shimonoseki's former battlegrounds, samurai duels, naval battles, dragon gods and other tales of bloodshed rest uneasily on the fishing town's present-day placid waters
Erika Sawajiri: Inside the head of Japan's outspoken star

Erika Sawajiri: Inside the head of Japan's outspoken star

Self-important brat or liberated artist? The controversial singer and actress Erika Sawajiri once again breaks ranks to denounce her 'outdated' industry
Earth Celebration: Taiko drums and communal life on a remote Japanese island

Earth Celebration: Taiko drums and communal life on a remote Japanese island

On Sado Island Corsican polyphonic singers meet the Kodo drummers
Secrets of a Miss Universe maker

Secrets of a Miss Universe maker

Ines Ligron, the beauty expert behind Japan's success in recent Miss Universe pageants, reveals how compliments, wigs and being in love can help a Japanese girl blossom
Au Yeung Ping Chi: Making art for Hong Kong's fashionable dead

Au Yeung Ping Chi: Making art for Hong Kong's fashionable dead

Au Yeung Ping Chi creates iPhones, Gucci bags and spicy chicken wings out of paper for hip, young dead people
Tamagawa River: Don't fight Tokyo, just go with the flow

Tamagawa River: Don't fight Tokyo, just go with the flow

Follow the Tamagawa River for golf, tennis, fishing and other stress-purging pursuits only minutes from central Tokyo
'Drainspotting' in Japan: The lowest form of art

'Drainspotting' in Japan: The lowest form of art

Manhole covers and maintenance holes reveal Japan's urban art on the ground
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
A natural and cultural road trip through Japan

A natural and cultural road trip through Japan

CNNGo reader Angela Perrone visits hot springs, winding rivers, waterfalls and surf schools in a road trip covering four prefectures and four major points of interest in Shikoku