Head to Kanto to experience Japan at it's most spiritual

Lying in Mount Fuji’s mighty shadow, Kanto and its forests, mountain springs and ancient shrines have long known the footfall of pilgrims. Despite being a stone’s throw from Tokyo, the region is a world away from the frenetic, neon-lit capital.  

Notes from an author: Levison Wood

Levison Wood first captured the public’s imagination when he became the first person to walk the length of the Nile. For his latest epic, he set out to do the same with the Himalayas

Myanmar: The leg rowers of Inle Lake

A motorboat tour of this little-known lake reveals a world of stilted dwellings, bloated Buddhas and ingenious fishermen

India: Madurai

Secular and spiritual life merge amid rivers of pilgrims and temple towers

India: Spirited away

From cleansing rituals on the banks of the Ganges to Himalayan yoga retreats, nowhere on Earth does spiritual escapes quite like India. We pick three experiences to help you reach the heart and soul of this complex country.

Mexico City: Spiritual sanctuary

On this balmy morning, big-bellied men slumber against gently swaying palm trees, and armed guards snack on churros outside the religious heart of Mexico.

Explore Nat Geo

  • Animals
  • Environment
  • History & Culture
  • Science
  • Travel
  • Photography
  • Space
  • Adventure
  • Video

About us


  • Magazines
  • Newsletter
  • Disney+

Follow us

Copyright © 1996-2015 National Geographic Society. Copyright © 2015-2016 National Geographic Partners, LLC. All rights reserved