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Japan 2012

Japan 2012Trip Plan

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arts + culture,
educational,
family,
outdoors + nature,
shopping,
luxury,
design + architecture

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Hotel Iori Machiya Rental, Kyoto

Though Kyoto's famous temples and shrines are under government protection, the city's traditional houses, or machiya, are rapidly being destroyed. Enter Iori.... more

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Tawaraya
Hotel Tawaraya, Kyoto

If you've heard rumors of Tawaraya, you've heard that it's a favorite of heads of state, movie stars, and obsessive Japanophiles. You may have also heard that... more

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Kinmata Ryokan
Hotel Kinmata Ryokan, Kyoto

This inn, now in business for more than 200 years, is worth experiencing—if you're lucky enough to get a room. There are seven, but owner Haruji Ukai is... more

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Shop Nishiharu, Kyoto

Don't overlook this inconspicuous shop in Teramachi if you have any interest in that most accessible of Japanese art forms, the ukiyo-e, or woodblock print:... more

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Shop Marks & Web, Tokyo

Marks & Web sells no-nonsense botanical toiletries from Matsuyama, the old Japanese soap company. Although rarely found outside Japan, this brand is well... more

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Shop Takashimaya, Tokyo

As one of Japan's oldest (and most historic) department stores, Takashimaya offers as much to look at inside as outside. The Nihonbashi location, which first... more

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Shop Ito-Ya, Tokyo

Everyone's favorite stationery store, Ito-ya fills nine floors with every pen, notebook, and folder imaginable. Stock up on Camper notebooks, the school brand... more

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Shop Ippodo Tea Company, Kyoto

What's more Japanese than a cup of green tea? This centuries-old, distinguished Kyoto institution takes its tea—all of which is grown in nearby... more

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Shop Arts & Science, Tokyo

Aoyama's Arts & Science epitomizes the Japanese approach to design, with a blend of understated elegance and functional luxury at all their stores (there... more

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Shop Yamato Mingei-Ten, Kyoto

Japanese handmade crafts are prized for their careful workmanship and intelligent design, and Yamato Mingei-Ten is one-stop shopping for folk art and crafts... more

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Shop Antiques Fairs, Tokyo

If you're looking for vintage finds or just a good browse, visit one of the city's outdoor antique markets. There are good ones at Nogi Shrine in Nogizaka... more

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See + Do Short Trips Outside Tokyo, Tokyo

As any resident will tell you, Tokyo is nothing like the rest of Japan, and since you're on the island, you really should take a train journey into the verdant... more

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See + Do Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo

Tokyo's oldest temple is said to have originated in 628 when fishermen found a small gold statue of Kannon in their nets. Senso-ji, or Asakusa Kannon, as it's... more

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Saiho-ji (Moss Temple)
See + Do Saiho-ji (Moss Temple), Kyoto

Converted into a Zen temple in 1339, Saiho-ji Temple, in the southwestern outskirts of Kyoto, is justly renowned for its large and lush moss garden, which... more

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See + Do Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Tokyo

This tatami-floored museum (you must wear slippers inside) has one of Japan's best collections of ukiyo-e woodblock prints and offers a respite from the crowds... more

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See + Do Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine), Tokyo

Leave the bedlam of Harajuku behind and walk to Meiji Shrine, a peaceful, wooded haven dedicated to Emperor Meiji (1852–1912). Pass through the giant... more

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See + Do Kichijoji, Tokyo

Kichijoji is just a short, 20-minute subway ride from Shibuya, but it feels worlds apart from the bustling, neon-signed city center. The jewel in the crown of... more

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See + Do Katsura Rikyu Imperial Villa, Kyoto

Built in the 17th century for an imperial prince, Katsura Rikyu is widely thought to be one of the best examples of how Japanese residential design masterfully... more

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See + Do Kamakura, Japan

A former capital of Japan (1192–1333), Kamakura boasts 117 temples and 44 shrines as well as wooded hills, beaches, and the added advantage of being only... more

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See + Do Iori Origin Arts Program, Kyoto

Sure, Kyoto's temples and shrines are must-sees. But to truly gain an understanding of Japan's history and culture, it's important to graduate from observing to... more

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See + Do Hakone, Japan

Hakone has hot springs, cool mountain air, and outstanding views of Japan's most famous peak, Mount Fuji. It's also teeming with day-trippers on the weekends,... more

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See + Do Ginkaku-ji (Silver Temple), Kyoto

The Silver Temple is almost as popular as its golden cousin, but many aficionados consider it far superior. Breathtakingly modern though half a millennium old,... more

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Daitoku-ji Temple Complex
See + Do Daitoku-ji Temple Complex, Kyoto

A vast, walled-in Zen temple complex dating to the 16th century. There are about two dozen sub-temples here, and eight of them—and their gardens—are... more

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21_21 Design Sight
See + Do 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo

Visitors could be forgiven for walking past this design museum, tucked away behind Tokyo Midtown; from the outside, the Tadao Ando–designed space barely... more

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