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Japan's Must-See World Heritage Sites

Amy Chavez | Posted 12.18.2014 | Travel
Amy Chavez

Although I have been to many of the World Heritage Sites myself, to learn the details on absolutely all of them I turned to the book Japan's World Heritage Sites: Unique Culture, Unique Nature by John Dougill.

Zen Temple In Japan Becomes First To Perform Same Sex Marriage Ceremonies

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.12.2014 | Religion

A Buddhist temple in Japan is offering LGBT couples a place to have symbolic wedding ceremonies -- even though gay marriage is still illegal in the co...

Possible 'Black Widow' Spun Tangled Web Of Death

Associated Press | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 11.20.2014 | Crime

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police were looking for traces of poison in the home of a woman arrested on suspicion of killing her husband, one of six men w...

Japanese Hospitality

Anonymous Thank Yous | Posted 11.16.2014 | Good News
Anonymous Thank Yous

A few years ago, I was able to make one of my dreams come true -- visit Japan. I had found an inexpensive ticket, and went to the airport floating on ...

15 Amazing Photos Of Daily Life Around the World

minube | Posted 03.10.2014 | Travel
minube

For many travelers exploring the far reaches of our planet, it's tempting to focus exclusively on the sights, museums, beaches, and bars while overlooking the very thing that breathes life into these amazing places: the people.

Top Five Off-Peak Destinations for Winter 2013/2014

SmarterTravel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
SmarterTravel

If you want to save some coin while seeing the world, winter is prime time for wanderlust -- and we know just where you should go. Here are five awesome destinations where the colder part of the year bears off-peak affordability.

The Stunner Down Under

John K. Herr | Posted 11.10.2013 | World
John K. Herr

In this case, it's the Australian elections. Conservative Tony Abbott led his Liberal-National coalition to a smashing victory over Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Saturday, leaving the Labor Party at a 100-year electoral low point.

On Japan, MC Hammer, and Sustainability

Zachary Dominitz | Posted 09.06.2013 | Green
Zachary Dominitz

I spent my first two weeks in Japan recently, before the latest Fukushima leaks became public, before friends started posting stories on why they'll n...

Top Things to Do in Japan

Viator | Posted 10.04.2013 | Travel
Viator

Most travelers have a list of major sights, shrines, parks, gardens, restaurants, museums, or neighborhoods to explore. But for many, Japan's unique culture is an attraction unto itself and simply being immersed into the unfamiliar is the best experience of all.

How to Spend 5 Days in Kyoto

Viator | Posted 10.02.2013 | Travel
Viator

It's been said that you must dig to find the historical side of Kyoto, with its layers of the past nestled here and there among bustling city streets and tall modern buildings. But for me, it felt like the other way around.

Cherry Blossoms: History Behind the Bloom

Katherine LaGrave | Posted 06.16.2013 | Travel
Katherine LaGrave

It cannot be overstated that in Japan, the sakura is serious business. But why are the blossoms so significant? Here's hoping you get out and enjoy them this spring -- perhaps, even, with a little more history than before.

I Can See What You're Dreaming

Kelly Sullivan Walden | Posted 06.10.2013 | Technology
Kelly Sullivan Walden

If we can "see" what we are dreaming, then we can see what we are thinking in our waking lives, as well... I think it can't help but be a catalyst to assist us to become a more empathic, compassionate, aware, even... dare I say, enlightened civilization.

How To Do Kyoto With Kids

AP | By ADAM GELLER | Posted 06.04.2013 | Travel

KYOTO, Japan (AP) — Rocks to the left of us, rocks to the right. With the Hozu River rushing in between, our oarsman swung the boat hard, threading ...

Goodbye Kyoto, We Hardly Knew You

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Kenneth P. Green

2013 could well see the year that the UN's lock on international climate policy is broken, potentially allowing for other unilateral or multilateral arrangements to take their place.

PHOTOS: The Most Romantic Cities

Food & Wine | Posted 02.26.2013 | Travel
Food & Wine

From the Victorian inns of San Francisco to the teahouses of Kyoto, the world is full of romantic destinations.

10 Things To Know Before Going To Japan

Fodor's | Posted 12.11.2012 | Travel
Fodor's

On the bright side? If you do take the gamble on a dish and discover that the meat you're eating is not quite white, at least it will be delicious.

PHOTOS: Cities Built For Biking

Viator | Posted 10.11.2012 | Travel
Viator

Due to the increased popularity of urban biking, many cities have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make easily accessible bike lanes for travelers.

PHOTOS: 8 Ways To Experience Japanese Culture

Viator | Posted 08.26.2012 | Travel
Viator

This is a place where you can spend the afternoon at an elegant historical tea ceremony and the evening at a loud, blinking internet cafe.

In Japan, A Trip Back In Time

Dane Steele Green | Posted 07.25.2012 | Travel
Dane Steele Green

There are two Japans. One is the tangible, modern nation of today, the LED-spangled cities and bullet trains. The other is more ephemeral, the mystical psychological landscape of the nation's past.

PHOTOS: Hanging Out In A Japanese Monkey Park

Thomas Shomaker | Posted 07.09.2012 | Travel
Thomas Shomaker

The most important rule is to avoid making prolonged eye contact with the monkeys, which is taken as a sign of aggression and responded to in kind.

Minivan Crashes Into Pedestrians In Kyoto, Killing 8

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 06.12.2012 | World

TOKYO -- A minivan ran through an intersection and struck pedestrians in a tourist-packed area of Kyoto on Thursday, killing eight people including th...

PHOTOS: Two Weeks In Japan

Daniela Perdomo | Posted 05.11.2012 | Travel
Daniela Perdomo

The country is an incredibly beautiful, inspiring place. I was struck by the kindness and patience I was greeted with everywhere I went, despite my inability to speak the language and also with the resilience of the Japanese people in light of all the disasters they have faced in recent years.

WATCH: Shakira Is 'Crazy About Skrillex'

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 03.09.2012 | Latino Voices

Shakira wants everyone to know that she's "crazy about Skrillex!" In a recent video posted on her Youtube channel and Twitter, the Colombian singer st...

Joining the Peace Corps (part 2) or, a Buddha, a Belgian Priest (and the Brothel)

Amy Lennard Goehner | Posted 04.24.2012 | Comedy
Amy Lennard Goehner

When I walked in, it looked like a cozy tea room parlor. Several sober women amidst of sea of not-at-all-sober men whisked me upstairs and closed the sliding door. A door with panes made of paper. They guided me to the grandmother's room down the hall -- off limits to men.

Pan Am Memories of My Adventures to Tokyo and Kyoto

Carole Mallory | Posted 03.18.2012 | Home
Carole Mallory

At Tokyo's airport I kissed Michael 'goodbye' and gave him my address in New York, but after a few letters, I never heard from him again. 'Tokyo Michael' was how I remembered him and don't regret one moment we spent together.