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14 travel features tagged “Cultural Activities”

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The origins of bathhouse culture around the world

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.
Read more… 30 November 2012

The big business of Japan’s pachinko parlours

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.
Read more… 16 August 2012

Tokyo’s strangest sights

The Japanese city is full of baffling – yet logical -- attractions, from maid cafes to plastic food to giant robot statues.
Read more… 06 August 2012

Sakura season in Kyoto

Cherry blossom season is a national obsession, with crowds gathering to see the blooms that line Kyoto’s canals and transform gardens into blankets of fairy floss.
Read more… 06 March 2012

Kyoto’s sacred spots

Religious sites are the main draw for many visitors to this Japanese city, and its 1,000 temples and 400 shrines are among the best examples of religious architecture on earth.
05 March 2012

Kyoto's living art of the geisha

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.
Read more… 03 August 2010

Tokyo in pictures

From the streets of Shinjuku to the Koishikawa Korakuen garden, striking sights from around the city.
03 August 2010

Tokyo: The allure of Akihabara

From multi-storied computer stores to anime-themed cafes, Akihabara is Tokyo's thriving epicentre for electronic goods and otaku (geek) culture alike.
Read more… 03 August 2010

Japan: Travel by bullet train

Travel by hyper-efficient bullet train is a 300 km/h experience that maximizes speed without sacrificing safety.
Read more… 03 August 2010

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