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Among the crowd at Takayama Autumn Festival

Back to the mountains for the amazing October Hachiman Matsuri

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Taketomi, Okinawa

A trip to Taketomi, at the margins of the Ishigaki archipelago, in Okinawa. An excerpt from my book, on a completely different Japan

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The hunt for ramen in Tokyo

A few restaurants I like, personally tested: eating ramen in Tokyo

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In the South of Crete: the beaches of Triopetra

Exploring the beaches of Crete. A few days in Rethymno province around Triopetra and Agios Pavlos.

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A guide to the Japan Rail Pass

The rail pass almost essential for travel in Japan, step by step. A guide to the Japan Rail pass

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The lavender fields in Furano

Hokkaido, the wonderful lavender fields in the North of Japan

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Walking in Venice off the Beaten Path

Cannaregio, Giudecca and Burano, three places in Venice off the beaten path, where walking is beautiful.

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Walking in Kyoto: from Takao to Kiyotaki

I love walking in Kyoto. This hike from Takao to Kiyotaki is not to be missed: it eventually leads to Arashiyama

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Four reasons to love Kanazawa

Samurai, geisha, contemporary art, beautiful gardens and excellent cuisine. Kanazawa is worth a visit.

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Five books on Kyoto

Great titles to read or bring with you to the ancient capital of Japan

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