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iReport: Insta-geisha! Kyoto's traditional beauties meet Facebook app

iReport: Insta-geisha! Kyoto's traditional beauties meet Facebook app

iReporter shows how to make geishas look even more enticing than they already do with Instagram
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
Last chance to be first to enjoy Japan’s 2014 cherry blossom season
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Last chance to be first to enjoy Japan’s 2014 cherry blossom season

In Okinawa, the pink beauties are now in full bloom. Here’s where to see them before they’re gone
Japan's weirdest snowscape: The Monsters of Zao

Japan's weirdest snowscape: The Monsters of Zao

Check out this surreal gallery to find out what's behind the frozen armies taking over the Yamagata hills
Niseko's best restaurants: Where to eat in the 'Aspen of the East'
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Niseko's best restaurants: Where to eat in the 'Aspen of the East'

This Japanese resort town has become a world-class winter destination with a fantastic food scene to match
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
Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market in action

Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market in action

The world’s best-known seafood market is the jewel in Tokyo’s tourist crown
Gallery: The weird and wonderful faces of Japan after March 11

Gallery: The weird and wonderful faces of Japan after March 11

Photo show organizer Liezel Strauss asks the world, “What does Japan mean to you?”
Gallery: Beautiful autumnal scenes in central Tokyo

Gallery: Beautiful autumnal scenes in central Tokyo

A photographer’s guide to the most spectacular fall spots in the heart of the capital
16 incredible rooftop bars

16 incredible rooftop bars

Good cocktails combine with spectacular views across rivers, cityscapes and oceans at these bird-level drinkeries
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