Find Your Favorite Kyoto

February 21, 2019
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Whether you’re seeking a luxe ryokan in historical Higashiyama, or spacious, modern accommodations near Kyoto Station in Shimogyo, Kyoto is a place you’ll want to call home again and again.

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30 Pictures That Will Make You Want to Visit Japan in Winter

February 12, 2019
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I hope my pictures of Japan in winter convey the magic of my experience—and that they inspire you to follow in my footsteps.

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King of the Snow Monsters

February 5, 2019
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I felt like the king of Zao Onsen as I looked down on the Juyho.

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Does Tsuru no Yu Live Up to the Hype?

February 3, 2019
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I knew I had to visit Tsuru no Yu the first time I ever saw an image of the onsen.

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The Truth About Japan’s Fox Village

February 2, 2019
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I’m not ignorant to the controversy that surrounds this place.

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The Day I Fell in Love with Kanazawa

February 1, 2019
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Kyoto might not be Japan’s most beautiful city.

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Amid Frozen Farmhouses

January 31, 2019
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I looked down on the strange Gassho houses, which had apparently been built to resemble monks’ hands in prayer.

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Takayama Meltdown

January 30, 2019
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It struck me, as my bus careened through the Japanese Alps toward Takayama this morning, how little snow seemed to be on the ground.

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The Primate Principle

January 29, 2019
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Primates do what they want because they want it—not because they should.

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Kawagoe and Fake Flowers

January 28, 2019
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I had to Google the answer Kawagoe residents have known since at least the time of the Great Fire.

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