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Soak in sake (and more) at a Japanese spa

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At the Yunessun Spa Resort in Hakone, visitors can bathe in pools filled with wine, sake, green tea or coffee for a total skin treatment like no other.
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The origins of bathhouse culture around the world

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Starting as early as the Neolithic Age, the tradition of the public bath has changed over the years to adapt to evolving cultures and social norms.
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In the footsteps of Japan’s haiku master

Follow the path that inspired the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho’s most famous work.


Food wonderlands of the world

Step into a delicious reality with these fantastic food fantasylands, a dreamy world of candy apples, whirling spices and chocolate chip cookie dough.
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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.


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