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Stairway to heaven: hiking ancient pilgrimage trails in southern Japan

Mountainous Kumano is the holy ground of Japan and pilgrims have been trekking there for centuries. Shrines, mist, forests and waterfalls combine to create an entrancing hike<p>Normally I am not given to praying but the occasion demands it. After bowing twice and clapping twice, I make a silent …

Hiking

Where to Find Japan's Hidden Corners During Its Tourism Boom

Japan is in the middle of a travel boom. Political instability across much of the world has given it the appeal of a safe haven, and before the 2020 …

10 Under-the-Radar Hidden Gems You Can Only See in Japan

Iyakei ValleyIyakei Valley is one of Japan’s best-kept secrets, but don’t expect it to stay that way for long. This remote area in the western part …

Japan

36 Hours in Bangkok

One of the first Thai words that foreigners learn in Bangkok is farang, or foreigner. And no wonder. More than 20 million farang descend on the temples and temptations of Thailand’s capital every year, making it one of the planet’s most visited cities. You run into each other in hotels and …

Asia Travel

12 spots to frequent in Tokyo if you want to be a true local

Saying Tokyo is overwhelming to visit is a gross understatement. Searching for a decent happy place to unwind or simply enjoy a lazy afternoon can …

Japan

The 8 coolest buildings in Japan

Limited space and high land prices have prompted Japanese architects to think well outside the box. Surprise is the watchword - vegetables sprout …

Osaka city guide: How to spend a weekend in Japan's second city

Why go now?<p>The long-suffering transit hub for former imperial capital Kyoto (1), Japan’s second city Osaka is finally having its moment in the …

In the Tokyo Neighborhood of Koenji, a Sanctuary for Creatives

On one writer's first trip to Tokyo, he discovers a neighborhood that stays the same by encouraging difference.<p>It's not long after I step out of Tokyo’s Koenji metro station for the first time that I realize this isn’t a regular Sunday evening in the neighborhood: The crowds are thick; police …

Japan’s Second City: The Only Osaka Travel Guide You’ll Ever Need

Tokyo may be Japan’s biggest, busiest city, but Osaka is its most vivacious. With a population of 2.7 million, it’s the second largest city in Japan …

Japan

Delicious Breakfasts for Hungry Houseguests

These irresistible breakfast recipes will make your crowd go wild.<p>Cooking for a crowd? We’ve got the best big breakfasts for your bulk baking. We’ve …

Our Most Popular Slow Cooker Recipes of 2017

There are few things the almighty Crock-Pot can't tackle, but above all else it makes getting dinner on the table a whole lot more manageable on busy …

Cooking

This Website Lets You Download, Print Old Graphic Design Posters For Free

<b>If you’ve</b> always been in awe of people who have never designed with lasso tools or color adjustment functions, here’s some good news—a website lets …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Why You're Watching TV All Wrong and How to Fix It

If you’re going to invest hundreds of dollars on a television set then you want to make sure you’re setting the best picture possible, but far too …

Televisions

Propagation Station: How To Make Plant Babies

Learn how to "go forth and multiply" your favorite houseplants–<i>for free</i>–with these helpful resources on popular plant propagation and beyond.<p>Before …

26 Healthy Salads That Don't Use Leafy Greens

When you're in the mood for a heartier, stay-full-till-dinner salad, make one of these filling salads that are made with chunky veggies, whole grains, and beans. No kale, romaine, or spinach here!

50 reasons why Seoul is the world's greatest city

<b>(CNN) —</b> There's a reason Asian tourists regularly rank Seoul , the capital of South Korea, as their favorite world city. Actually, there are 50 of them and possibly many, many more.<p>Come with us as we take the Korean barbecue scraper to dig beneath the surface of one of Asia's true world cities.<p>50. …

South Korea

Recipe: 2-Ingredient Watermelon Sherbet

2-Ingredient Watermelon Sherbet<p>Makes 1 quart<p>6 cups (1-inch) seedless watermelon cubes (2 pounds; from 1/2 personal seedless watermelon) <br>1 cup …

My Twenty-Five Best Films of the Century So Far

The best thing about lists is that they inspire other lists—they get readers thinking about their own priorities, preferences, and, above all, pleasures. The list that Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott, of the <i>Times</i>, issued the other day, “The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far,” got me going at …

How to Fix a Running Toilet in 8 Painless Steps

If there's one skill that should be in everyone's home improvement arsenal, it's knowing how to fix a running toilet. Not only is it virtually …

Real Estate

How To Make the Best Pasta Salad Without Mayo

<b>Pro tip:</b> Do your diners a favor and chop the vegetables close to the same size as the pasta. This makes it easier to get a little bit of all the good …

The 14 best Greek islands

Hydra<p>Best Greek island for: a long weekend with the art crowd<p>You know when Dakis Joannou, Greece's foremost art collector, is on Hydra. His yacht,</i> …

The Ultimate South Korea Bucket List: 40 Things to do in South Korea

Headed to South Korea? I've put together the ultimate list of things to do in South Korea. From festivals to temples to natural beauty - it's all …

South Korea

South Korea beyond Samsung

Teddy bears<p>Lining up for teddy bear<p>Cat cafe<p>Jogyesa Temple<p>Market<p>Market from above<p>Protest<p>Protest near golden statue<p>Costumes at protest<p>Gyeongbokgung Palace<p>Lookout tower at DMZ<p>Train station<p>JSA<p>Inside the JSA<p>War Memorial of Korea<p>More of the War Memorial of Korea<p>Namsan Tower<p>Statue of Brothers<p>Second …

Here's how to wipe your old iPad/iPhone/iPod touch for resale

I've been asked several times over the past few days about how to wipe an iPad ready for resale (presumably because Apple has a new iPad out). …

iOS

Bangkok city guide: what to do plus the best hotels, restaurants and bars

Skipping the temples and the backpacker hub of the Khao San Road, our writer focuses on the food, drink and arts scenes in the city’s vibrant neighbourhoods<p>Floods, protests, power struggles, a military takeover – Krungthep, known to the rest of the world as Bangkok, has endured more than its share …

24 hours in Bangkok: an alternative tour

17/02/2017<p><i>Header image: cocktails at Namsaah Bottling Trust and the overhead walkway</i><p>If you thought <b>Bangkok</b> was just about floating markets and street …

Asia Travel

Incheon Airport to Seoul (Myeongdong, Hongdae, Jongno): The Cheapest Way

There are three modes of transportation available: train, bus, and taxi. Taxis will be much more expensive let’s not discuss that. The fastest option …

Seoul