Japan

Circling The Whirlpool’s Edge

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Everyone, deep in their hearts, is waiting for the end of the world to come.

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How to Walk Japan’s Nakasendo Way

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When I tell Japanese people that I’ve walked a part of the Nakasendo Way, they can’t believe I even know what it is—many of them don’t.

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Three Outstanding Days in Osaka

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Osaka might only be Japan’s third-largest city, but in many ways, it’s the most enjoyable.

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Japan’s Most En-deer-ing Day Trip

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Its population of wild deer notwithstanding, Nara is also home to some of the world’s oldest architecture.

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The Best Day—and Weekend—Trips from Tokyo

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Whether you enjoy views of Mt. Fuji in Yamanashi, bask in the warm sea breezes in Shizuoka or the straddle the boundary between past and future in Kanagawa, these excursions from Tokyo are trips through time, space and the very bounds of reality.

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Carp and Dragon in the Viper Forest

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Travel always seems to lock stretches of my life in parentheses, but I’m never sure whether I’m inside or outside them.

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Japanese Gothic

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The Japanese have perfectly reconciled their past with their present—I need to learn how to do this.

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Japan’s Best-Kept Secret

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Hakodate is not among the first tier of cities people tend to visit on their trips to Japan. Here’s why you should make it there anyway.

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