Shuji Otomo

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Seven reasons to visit Pistoia, a 'little Florence' without the crowds

If you're looking for an uncrowded corner of Tuscany that is rich in history and culture, you'll be delighted to find yourself in pretty Pistoia at the foot of the snow-capped Apennine mountains.<p>Even the locals were taken by surprise when their modest city was voted Italy’s Capital of Culture for …

10 Secret Places To See When Visiting Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one pretty special Scottish city! The sights of Edinburgh, such as; the castle, the Royal Mile and Arthur’s Seat are pretty well-known …

A beginner’s guide to the Lake District

The Lake District is a hauntingly beautiful corner of our planet and easily the most scenic place in England. The landscape is simply spellbinding: shadowy ridges gilded with golden light, shimmering meadows ablaze with wild flowers, and sparkling blue lakes that reflect the whole glorious …

A nature lover's guide to Orkney, Scotland

Orkney is a treasure trove of human history, and its riches range from standing stones that predate the Pyramids to battleships sunk or scuttled during two world wars. But while the cultural heritage of this archipelago off the northeastern tip of Scotland is compelling, Orkney is home to something …

New Wind Turbines Could Power Japan for 50 Years After a Single Typhoon

Typhoons are generally associated with mass destruction, but a Japanese engineer has developed a wind turbine that can harness the tremendous power …

Japanese inventor's typhoon turbines harness storms' energy

A Japanese engineer named Atsushi Shimizu has designed a new type of wind turbine that can harness energy from something more powerful than a strong breeze. Shimizu's creation, which looks like a huge, upright egg beater, can withstand typhoons (or hurricanes, depending on where you live) and turn …

Renewable Energy

Small and secret British Isles

We all know islands are a metaphor: for removal from the real world, for time standing still, and for escape. Their self-contained and detached …

Scotland's 7 best campsites

From serene loch-side pitches to rugged cliff-top spots, Scotland is full of incredible camp sites. We've picked the best from the new edition of …

Exploring Italy by train

With some of Europe’s fastest trains and most scenic routes, Italy is a great place to travel by train. The country might be more famous for its deluxe sports cars and challenging driving conditions, but Italian trains are economical, comfortable and direct, offering an insight into local life, …

Japan's population falls by equivalent of San Francisco in five years

Japan’s population has fallen by nearly one million people in five years - the first decline since official census records started in the …

San Francisco

Japan Looking for Full-Time 'Ninjas' to Boost Tourism

In an effort to draw visitors ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, one Japanese region is looking for a special kind of entertainer: the ninja.<p>Wanted: athletic individual good with a <i>shuriken</i> (ninja star), able to perform a solid backward handspring, and happy to pose with tourists. If you fit the …

Japan

Top 10: Historic Sites in Ireland and Northern Ireland

More than 5,000 years of history are revealed through colossal passage tombs, the beehive huts of early monasteries, and more iconic landmarks. Here are Irish places of curiosity, pilgrimage, and inspiration.

Silent rooftop wind turbines could generate half of a household’s energy needs

The use of wind turbines in households is becoming more and more popular. Wind power like other natural power sources can be quite volatile, but it’s …

Renewable Energy

Europe's 16 oldest cities

12. Mytilene, Lesbos, Greece<p>6. Trikala, Greece<p>3. Plovdiv, Bulgaria<p>1. Argos, Greece<p>16. Yerevan, Armenia

The myth of the know-it-all scientist | Dean Burnett

A surreal aspect of being a scientist is the weird questions you get asked by those outside the field. There are many reasons why this can happen, some of which are the fault of scientists themselves<p>I’m currently in the middle of a publicity campaign for my first book, The Idiot Brain. And yes, …

Notes from Japan

My trip to Japan was preceded by a truly neurotic amount of research and preparation. I am an anxious traveler (before this trip I became <i>very</i> …

13 Super Charming European Cities Well Worth a Day Trip

Perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of Mozart (as well as the setting for <i>The Sound of Music</i>), Salzburg lies just on the border with Germany. …

European Travel

Six reasons to visit Slovenia, a gem at the heart of Europe

Despite its breathtaking natural beauty, the central European nation of Slovenia remains off the radar for many travellers. Yet in an area less than a tenth the size of the United Kingdom you can find towering mountains, picture-perfect lakes, vast caves, elegant cities and fast-running rivers.<p>With …

European Travel

Exploring Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

World Heritage Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, with its karst mountains, underground rivers, historic sites, extensive caves and unspoilt jungle, is<p>packed<p>with opportunities to hike, bike, paddle or simply relax in one of Vietnam's most spectacular and interesting regions.<p>The national park is …

The world’s most liveable cities: London and Edinburgh rank in top 50

Vienna has been billed the world's most "liveable" city for the seventh year in a row, in a survey of hundreds of destinations whose top spots were dominated by European cities.<p>The Austrian capital was deemed to offer the highest quality of living in the latest survey of 230 cities ranked by a …

Middle East

22 European cities you'd never thought to visit (but really should)

Pathfinder pics: Riga, Latvia

Lonely Planet Pathfinder Abigail King, of Inside the Travel Lab, recently visited Latvia. Here she shares some tips on how to enjoy the best the country has to offer and some of the most picture-perfect scenes she Instagrammed along the way.<p>‘Latvia sits as the meat in the sandwich of the three …

European Travel

Northern Vietnam Motorcycle Adventure

You’ve seen the Top Gear episode and rode a bike across the famous Hai Van pass. You learnt to ride a scooter on the islands of Southern Thailand and …

Vietnam

Scottish Renewables concern over subsidy uncertainty

<b>Scottish Renewables has criticised UK ministers for "uncertainty" over whether wind farms and solar projects will get continued government support.</b><p>The industry body said these were the cheapest renewable energy sources, but they were losing out on subsidy.<p>It was responding to plans to phase out …

Wind Power

Great Read: Unfettered Yorkshire

TravelIntelligent Travel<p><i>Story by Raphael Kadushin; Photographs by John Kernick</i><p>Just about 15 minutes west of York, at the start of my drive across <b>Yorkshire</b>, I realize I have entered deep English country.<p>The hints are hard to miss. There is the billboard advertising the local chimney sweep. There is …

The lake at the end of the world

Barely one hour from Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, Lake Bohinj is in the middle of nowhere – out of season and time – and it’s wonderful.<p>“We have a saying here in Slovenia,” said Grega Silc, a Hike & Bike Slovenia tour guide, as we cycled around the riotous green of the ridge. “In Bohinj, we're a …

Imperialism

Wild isles: seven great wildlife experiences off Britain's coast

Brilliant blue seas teeming with marine life. Cliff faces bearing vast, precarious colonies of sea birds. Moorland roamed by hulking deer. The UK’s islands are beautiful and most are largely untouched, making them wonderful places to see the very best in British wildlife.<p>Puffin watching on the …

Marine Conservation

World's Largest Floating Wind Farm To Be Built Off Coast Of Scotland

Statoil, the oil and gas major based in Stavanger, Norway, secured approval from the Scottish government today to build the world’s largest floating wind farm off the coast of Scotland.<p>The Hywind Scotland floating wind farm will include five turbines each with six megawatts (MW) of generating …

How to travel around Poland by train

Forget the car – with a rail network that radiates to all parts of Poland from its biggest cities, a much better way to experience the country is by train.<p>Whether departing from shiny new stations or crumbling old ones, along busy main lines or sleepy branch lines, aboard brand new trains or …

Trains

Edinburgh’s world heritage status in peril as developers move in

As inspectors tour the city to reconsider Unesco billing, leading novelist denounces £850m plan<p>The formal recognition of Edinburgh as one of the world’s most beautiful cities is under threat amid a battle for the soul of its most historic quarter.<p>The city was inscribed as a Unesco world heritage …

Scotland