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Hot Spring Hopping in Kanto (part 1)

Destination: Gunma Prefecture

Soak away your stress in some of Kanto's best onsen with this guide to the some of the area's best and most unusual hot springs.

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Cutting frozen tuna at the Tsukiji fish market

Tokyo: 10 free sights

Destination: Tokyo

A trip to Tokyo doesn't have to leave you bankrupt. Check out these 10 great free things to do in Japan's biggest city

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Shojoshin-in Temple, Mount Koya, Japan

A Buddhist retreat in Japan

Destination: Japan

It's a world away from frenetic Tokyo and the dash for the bullet train – the Daishi religion, and its heartland high up on Mount Koya in Japan, where visitors can stay and live like Buddhist monks

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The Kabukiza, Ginza

Traditional Tokyo: a photographer's guide

Destination: Tokyo

According to the Japan National Tourism Organisation, Tokyo boasts seven of the country's 10 most popular sights - making the city a treasure trove for avid SLR enthusiasts and holiday snappers alike

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Geisha at the tea party

Kyoto: a fascinating base from which to explore Japan

Destination: Kyoto

Japan is one of the most expensive countries in the world but with a few tips on saving money under your belt, you can still experience all the amazing culture on offer without breaking the bank

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Tatami mat room - basic but comfy

Japan - how to stay in a Tokyo ryokan

by danstan

Destination: Tokyo

Taking a bath with strangers and sleeping on the floor. All you need to know about staying in a Tokyo ryokan

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Nagano from the train station

Nagano, Japan: plan a visit, even if you can't stand skiing

by danstan

Destination: Nagano

Nagano to me doesn't mean skiing. To me it means crisp air, delicious food, and one of the most revered temples in Japan. Do yourself a favour and take a visit to 'The roof of Japan'

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Antony Gormley work on display at the Hakone Open Air Museum

An art-lover's guide to Tokyo

Destination: Tokyo

They make take a bit of finding, but the cutting-edge art galleries of Tokyo are inspirational gems, and well worth the effort

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Tokyo's parks and gardens

Destination: Tokyo

Tokyo may be one of the busiest cities on earth, but there are oases of calm and nature that offer respite from the hustle and bust

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Pickled wild grass soba at Hatsuhana

Noodles and naked northerners in Japan

Destination: Hakone-machi

It was comforting to know that I wasn’t alone. Across the valley, at the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan, other Leeds girls were revealing their naked curves to the cool night air...

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