Travel Geeks: natural Japan — 12 March 2020

A country of islands, mountains and diverse climates, Japan offers a wealth of natural wonders. Join us as we discuss where to go and how to do it.

Japan: Sumo in the spotlight

With the Rugby World Cup approaching, we turn to focus on Japan’s most sacred sporting contest.

Heading to Japan for the Rugby World Cup? Here's what's happening in the host cities

As the Rugby World Cup kicks off this month, there are plenty of exciting experiences for fans heading to the host cities.
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Oita: Where the water rises

The Japanese region of Oita on the island of Kyushu is renowned for its hot springs, Far more than just natural baths, however, they’re places of healing and of community, linking the generations, from old to young.

The master of sushi: an interview with Rei Masuda

We talk to sushi master Rei Masuda, who elevates raw fish cuisine to an art form

Meditating with Buddhist monks in Japan

Take to the mountains of Japan, where ascetic monks follow the ancient Sōtō school of Zen Buddhism – and teach Sanro programme participants the tricky art of sitting.

Top 10: Classic experiences in Japan

Where else can you meditate with Buddhist monks, meet a geisha, master the art of matcha tea, and learn to make sushi all in one visit? When it comes to standout experiences, Japan delivers enough to last a lifetime.
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Video: Setouchi Island Hopping

Learn why these three thousand islands rising majestically from calmly flowing waters hold such a special place in the Japanese psyche. Go deep and you will see not just natural beauty, but the essence of what it means to be truly alive. Discovery and delights, adventure and indulgence, a world of experience awaits you in Setouchi
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Top 5 art picks in Setouchi

From contemporary sculpture installations to reimagining of classic works, Setouchi offers a breadth of artistic experiences in its seven prefectures. Visitors can learn about the art of the region, explore Western masterpieces or simply sit and admire the architecture of the museums themselves
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Video: The Inland Sea – Setouchi, Japan

The Setouchi region, the “Aegean Sea of the Orient”, is located in the west of the Japanese archipelago. Here we introduce to you the Setouchi region, where you can enjoy gourmet food, cycling, contemporary art, and much more, all against a backdrop of beautiful island vistas
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Japan: Back to nature in Nikko

Just two hours from Tokyo, this national park is home to maple-flanked mountains, glassy lakes and steaming Onsens
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Mount Fuji: a Reverent Ascent

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Setouchi's top five heritage attractions

Whether you're immersing yourself in modern art or delving back into the region's fascinating history, Setouchi's heritage attractions are unmissable
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Game on: See the Rugby World Cup at Setouchi's Kobe Misaki stadium

The Rugby World Cup will touch down in Japan next year, with thousands flocking to see 'the game they play in heaven'. Yvette Caster finds out more
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Culture in Setouchi

Welcome to Setouchi: a truly timeless place where ancient traditions mingle with modern life