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Beat the Crowds: A Day in Kyoto

Kyoto draws hordes of tour groups every day. As in many of the world's most touristy spots, the best idea is to start early. Here's a daylong itinerary.

Soaking Up Japan: A Tour of New and Classic Onsen Ryokan

Our editor visits Japan and stays at four of the country's famous onsen ryokan (hot-spring inns) in Tokyo, Takayama, Matsuyama and Hakone,

Video: Riding the Anpanman-Themed Train in Japan

The Japanese have a way of making everything cute. Their trains are no exception. We rode the Anpanman-themed train from Kyoto to Matsuyama.

Video: Kyoto's Monkey Park

For travelers looking for a different sort of wildlife experience, I would recommend Iwatayama Monkey Park in the Arashiyama district of Kyoto.

Video: Shirakawa-go Day Trip

Shirakawa-go is one of the best places to see traditional gassho-zukuri buildings, the steeply pitched thatched-roof houses still in use today.

Video: Hakone Round Course

Hakone is a popular day trip from Tokyo. This round course itinerary takes in the major sites via a gondola ride and a pirate ship ferry.

Shopping in Japan: Kyoto's Best Stores

If you love food and design, Kyoto has some of the best shopping in the world. Here are highlights from our most recent trip to Japan.

My Japanese Music Playlist: 7 Discoveries to Inspire a Trip

Get ready for a trip to Japan with our Spotify playlist, featuring everything from upbeat pop music to soothing classical from seven artists.

Letter From the Editor: November 2018

For the November 2018 issue, we traveled to London and Japan. We found fine hotels in both, including a design hotel in Holborn and an onsen ryokan in Tokyo.

Indelible Memory: The Black Kites of Kyoto

A happy accident involving "black kites" and a sandwich on the banks of the Katsura River ends up feeling like a Kyoto rite of passage.

A Newly Recommended Hotel in Japan

For the November 2018 issue, our editor explored onsen ryokan in Japan. A new property occuping a high-rise in Tokyo proved to be the surprise of the trip.

Anantara Opens New Resort in Vietnam

Anantara Quy Nhon Villas, a new 26-villa resort, opens on an untouched stretch of the Vietnamese coast, 70 minutes by plane northeast of Ho Chi Minh City.