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
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
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.
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
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