Denise Tench

Kyoto's best-kept secret

When seeking something unique in Kyoto, forget Gion. Instead, head for Kanga-an, a temple tucked away in a residential area and boasting the most unlikely of features – an idyllic bar run by monks Read the guide

Reeled in by Tsukiji fish market

For a backpacker arriving in Tokyo, there is nothing like a visit to Tsukiji fish market for getting to know Japanese culture. Bloody, frenetic, vast and confusing, it is an essential rite of passage Read the guide

Set your compass to cool in Harajuku

Harajuku, a district propelled into western consciousness by moody gothic Lolitas and a certain Ms Stefani, has much more to offer a visitor than a bizarre photo opportunity. Read the guide

The Mystery of Usuki's Sleeping Buddhas

If the neon lights, bustling noodle bars and late-night karaoke haunts of Japan's big cities have left you wondering where the country's tranquil side is, head to Uzuki to find some serenity Read the guide

Dali's Figueres - a dazzling day trip from Barcelona

Figueres, Salvador Dali's sleepy birthplace, is just two hours north of Barcelona and a wander around the town's mind-bending Dali gallery is like attaching a pair of jump leads to the imagination Read the guide