The secret life of sake, Japan's national obsession

From boisterous bars in Tokyo to bucolic breweries in the hinterland beyond the capital, sake is intertwined with Japan’s cultural and spiritual life.

Hiking Japan's sacred Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route

Follow the ancient pilgrimage path that cuts through the silent, mossy mountains of Kii to discover a landscape where nature, body and spirit commune in harmony. 

The inside guide to Kyoto's quieter side, from teahouses to temples

Big-hitting sights are easy to find in the Japanese city, but there’s also a quieter side: one of peaceful gardens, chilled jazz bars and serene temples.
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Meet the ama divers of Ise-Shima, the women preserving Japan’s ancient art of sea foraging

Numbers of ama, Japan's female divers, have declined in recent years as generations left to pursue careers in big cities. The Ise-Shima peninsula, in southern Mie Prefecture, remains one of the best places to learn all about this age-old practice.

The wild north: snapshots of life and landscapes in Tohoku, Japan

In the ten years since a tsunami ripped through Japan, Tohoku has rebuilt itself from the ground up. Mother Nature healed scarred landscapes, and people helped each other to come out smiling. These photos show a thriving region, ripe for exploration.

Travel Geeks online: exploring rural Japan — 23 March 2021

Beyond its cities, Japan is crammed with elemental drama: pristine forests and snowy peaks, crater lakes and remote hot springs. Join us for free from 19.00 to 20.00 on Tuesday 23 March.
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Why Shikoku should be your next Japanese getaway

Japan’s often-overlooked island is a wonderland of culture and history, home to temples dating back millennia, wild landscapes and traditional festivals.

Photo story: hiking the Kiso Valley on Japan's ancient Nakesendo Way

One of Japan’s 17th-century highways, the Nakasendō wound through the heart of the country’s main island, Honshu, linking the spiritual centre of Kyoto with the political hub of Edo (known today as Tokyo). Today, only sections of its epic 332-mile route remain, offering up the hospitality and flavours of modern mountain life — and a tantalising glimpse into the inter-city travelling experience of centuries past.
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Top five spiritual adventures in Tohoku, Japan

From hikes up sacred mountains to breathtaking views of cherry blossom, discover the natural beauty of this remote region on a slow-paced trip.
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Learn about the story of sake in Japan's Kansai region

Japan’s ancient and fertile heartland has some of the best breweries in the country, and all offer something different  to travellers looking to experience the world of sake.

A slow, spiritual journey through Kansai, Japan's ancient heartland

With its cascading waterfalls, primordial forests, ancient shrines, mountaintop temples and a seemingly indestructible castle, the Kansai region is the geographic and spiritual heart of Japan.
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Nature in Tokyo: the ultimate guide to the city's islands and green spaces

It might be the world’s largest urban area, but finding space and silence in Tokyo is surprisingly easy. Dig deeper to discover an archipelago, spacious gardens and peaceful city nooks.

From tea fields to fine dining: a culinary journey through Japan’s historic Kansai region

This region of western Japan stretches from Northern Kyoto to the Pacific Ocean. It’s a land of mountains, rice paddies and rocky coastline — and it’s where the story of Japanese food began.
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A peek into the curious world of dogs and design at Japan House London

Architecture for Dogs — a one-of-a-kind curation of architectural designs aimed at dogs and their owners — is making its European debut at Japan House London until 10 January 2021. Dog in tow, we experience this innovative exhibition for ourselves.

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