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Escape to Japan's Oki Islands

Japan seduces and dazzles travellers with its buzzed-up, sprawling, ultra-convenient big cities. But if you’re weary of crowds and vending-machine-packed streets, get yourself to Matsue in Western Honshū and hop a ferry to the slow life on the remote and fascinating Oki Islands.<p>Newly added to the …

Top 10 Things to Do in Japan

Travel<p>In a nation as culturally rich as Japan, it can be hard to know how to spend your time there. Here are ten of our favorite things to do.<p><b>Visit Kyoto’s Ancient Sites</b><br>Japan’s capital from 794 to 1868, Kyoto is bathed in history. The most iconic remnant of the city’s imperial past is the …

The walk that made me love Japan

Acclaimed writer Pico Iyer describes his first walk in Kyoto 26 years ago, when he found understanding between a Shinto shrine and a 7-Eleven and fell in love with the city forever.<p>My favourite Kyoto walk begins at a half-hidden temple called Gesshin-in ­– two-storey, white-walled, eminently …

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What New Travel And Adventure Books Should I Read This Summer?

<i>A:</i><p>Don’t waste time on trashy novels at the beach this summer. These new outdoor and adventure page turners prove yet again that true stories trump fiction for fun reads.<p>Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art<p>(Courtesy of …

How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …