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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
Look, but don't stare! Hanging out with Kyoto's macaques

Look, but don't stare! Hanging out with Kyoto's macaques

A CNN iReporter proves you don't have to brave winter weather to see Japan's adorable "snow monkeys" in action
Now eat! Okinawan cuisine gets a makeover

Now eat! Okinawan cuisine gets a makeover

How a unique island culture is taking its own version of "local" a step further
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

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
Niseko's best restaurants: Where to eat in the 'Aspen of the East'

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
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
Universal Studios Japan's 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' now open

Universal Studios Japan's 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' now open

Built at a cost of $442.2 million, Universal Studios Japan hopes its magical new attraction will bring in the big bucks
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
Tokyo company takes your stuffed animals on vacation... without you

Tokyo company takes your stuffed animals on vacation... without you

Sounds like the latest version of "Toy Story,” but for some the service is proving to have therapeutic benefits