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  • Photo: The Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Japan

    Top 10 Things to Do in Japan

    In a nation as culturally rich as Japan, it can be hard to know how to spend your time there. Here are ten of our favorite things to do.

  • Picture of a small lake in the Moss Garden of Saihoji temple in Kyoto, Japan

    Best Trips 2013

    From Kyoto to Uganda, Raja Ampat to Memphis, 20 wildly diverse places make our wanderlust list for the new year.


  • Photo: Traditional farmhouse in Japan

    Japan's Past Perfect

    Worlds away from fast-forward Tokyo, the island of Shikoku preserves time-honored traditions and country hospitality.

  • Photo: Steam rising from mountainside

    Between Volcanoes

    Fire and water collide in Daisetsuzan, where two massive volcanoes pin the national park at the center of Japan's northernmost island, Hokkaido.

  • Tourists sit and observe the spring cherry trees of Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan

    Finding Peace in 21st-Century Kyoto

    A Nat Geo writer visits Japan's cultural heart, learning many living lessons during his stay.

  • Picture of Japanese women with Kimono, Kinkakuji Temple, The Golden Pavilion, Rokuon-ji temple, Kyoto, Japan.

    Learning to Think Japanese

    Harmony prevails in Japan, and as one writer finds, people will go to extraordinary efforts to preserve the social equilibrium.

  • Picture of the woodblock print: Ryogoku Bridge viewed from Senhonkui, Kobayashi Kiyochika; Japan, 1880; Robert O. Muller Collection, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

    Japan's 'Master of Night'

    Discover the secrets behind these impressive prints as told by a senior curator.

  • Picture of cherry trees in bloom over canal and path with bridge, Kyoto, Japan

    Letter from Kyoto: Cherry Blossoms in Old Japan

    Explore Old Japan with a National Geographic editor at large.

  • Picture of a misty forest in Yakushima

    Wooded Wonderland: Yakushima

    The preservation of even the most far-flung places is essential, and the stunning island of Yakushima is a perfect example.

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