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

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

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

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

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