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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
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
15 sights that make Tokyo so fascinating

15 sights that make Tokyo so fascinating

Let us count the ways Japan's capital city engages, puzzles and bewitches
Gallery: UNESCO adds 12 sites to its World Heritage List

Gallery: UNESCO adds 12 sites to its World Heritage List

From the deserts of the Middle East to the coffee plantations of Colombia, here are 12 more places to add to your must-go list
The best of the Tokyo Toy Show 2011

The best of the Tokyo Toy Show 2011

From magic floating carpets to virtual fishing games, 3D paint brushes and robots made from garbage, it’s all here
10 snapshots of Tokyo life after the quake as residents pull together

10 snapshots of Tokyo life after the quake as residents pull together

In spite of media hype and the definite problems elsewhere in Japan, it's business as usual in 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
The best place to live in Tokyo is... Nakano?

The best place to live in Tokyo is... Nakano?

But Kichijoji is the place Tokyoites most want to move to
Panda fever grips Tokyo as two new guests head to Ueno Zoo

Panda fever grips Tokyo as two new guests head to Ueno Zoo

A special jetliner is commissioned and the city streets are decorated as two of the cuddly creatures arrive from China