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 leafviewing 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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