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Kōyō: Japan’s autumn explosion of colour

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The leaves turn stunning shades of red, vermilion and gold across hillsides, inside temple grounds and around parks and gardens all over the country.
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The big business of Japan’s pachinko parlours

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Despite Japan’s strict gambling laws, pachinko, a pinball derivative played by millions of people, is a national obsession generating 30 trillion yen profit a year.
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Fantastic historical dive sites

World War II shipwrecks, ancient ruins, statues and frescoes create an underwater art gallery you need to be a scuba diver to enjoy.


The world's finest freebies

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From opera in London to tea time in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, getting to the heart of a destination was never so richly rewarding yet so downright free.
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The depachika of Tokyo

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Each department store is crammed with shops carrying a dizzying array of high-quality groceries, perfect for a quick picnic lunch or a snack before hopping the train to the airport.
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Kyoto's living art of the geisha

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Catching a glimpse of a geisha, with her white face and brilliant kimono, scurrying to an appointment in the narrow streets of Kyoto’s Gion district is a moment of pure magic.
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