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Why Go?

Artistic treasures of Japan's ancient imperial capital, from Zen sand-and-rock gardens to exquisite ceramics

Palaces, Buddhist temples, and Shinto shrines, all immaculately preserved and restored

A night at a traditional ryokan (inn), with flawless service, hot baths, and multicourse haute cuisine

What To Skip

Unless you love battling crowds, all Japanese national holidays, plus prime cherry blossom and maple leaf–viewing seasons


Due to the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, travelers should check the U.S. State Department's latest travel advisories before visiting Japan.

What For:

Arts + Culture, Design + Architecture, Food + Wine, Shopping

When To Go:

May, June, September, October


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