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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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Kaiseki-ryori: Japanese haute cuisine

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The zenith of Japanese gastronomy is kaiseki-ryōri, whose origins stem from the imperial court and which synthesises harmony, balance and an appreciation of the moment.
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Shibuya: Tokyo's best night out

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The towering department stores, music venues, dance clubs and all-you-can-eat dessert cafés cater to the city’s twenty-somethings.
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A perfect day in Tokyo

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The dense sprawl of Tokyo can be mind-blowing to the uninitiated, but think of it as spending 24 hours in an amalgamation of mini-cities.
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Lonely Planet's top 10 places to shop in Tokyo

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You can shop ’til you drop in Tokyo from the sprawling retail clusters around the busiest train stations to the abundance of smaller, more eccentric shops found on the backstreets.
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Tokyo in pictures

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From the streets of Shinjuku to the Koishikawa Korakuen garden, striking sights from around the city.


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