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#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

The Radar–the best of the travel blogosphere–is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday. Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories #NGTRadar to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web. Here are our latest picks.

In Japan’s epic anime film “Princess Mononoke,” director Hayao Miyazaki shrouds the real-life island of Yakushima with surrealism. Yet this wraithlike landform scarcely needed the extra intrigue. Twenty years ago, the site became one of Japan’s first entries on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The staff at National Geographic Travel is always criss-crossing the globe to uncover the best and the brightest places, but we have travel wish lists just like everyone else. Here’s where we want to go in 2014 and why.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in March…

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups.

Sylvia Huang grew up in the beautiful garden city of Singapore, but the explorer in her brought her to glittery Tokyo, where she has spent the last 7 years studying Japanese and working in investment management. With time, Tokyo has become a second home and her Japanese friends are like family. Check out Sylvia’s picks…

The five-week National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off today, and Washington D.C. is in full bloom. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Tokyo’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the U.S. capital, and the festival will be bigger and better to celebrate the centennial in style, featuring scores of events and activities that highlight Japanese culture. Susan O’Keefe,…

Travel photographer Macduff Everton has been around the world to cover stories for National Geographic Traveler magazine. His most recent assignment took him to the island of Shikoku in Japan for a January/February feature story.  Photo editor Krista Rossow asked Macduff to tell us more about his experience while photographing the island. Krista Rossow: You…

All right everybody. So tonight (for you North Americans)–and tomorrow 9/8 I’ll be live-tweeting the ENTIRE bullet train, start to finish. — @WheresAndrew All aboard! Our Digital Nomad Andrew Evans is hopping on Japan’s bullet train TONIGHT, riding the length of the superfast rail network in its present entirety from the northernmost point of Honshu…

Where’s Andrew now?  If you guessed Japan, you’re right: our Digital Nomad is currently exploring the Land of the Rising Sun.  And he rose before the sun this week to visit Tokyo’s world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market. Tour the market with him via his tweets below, then hop over to his Digital Nomad blog to see…

Miss the fireworks last night? Don’t fret, there are plenty of other spectacular light shows to catch later this year. Matador rounds up 10 “off season” firework shows including Japan’s Miyajima-on-the-Sea display that dazzles on August 14th. [Matador] At New York’s Hall of Science kids visit free for the month of July with the purchase…

The Spirit of SXSW Lives On

National Geographic Books Production Manager Lisa A. Walker recently returned  from Austin’s annual South by Southwest (SXSW) music, film and interactive conference and festival, where the performances did more than just entertain. The real spirit of Austin’s South by Southwest festival this year went well beyond the films and music. Something inspiring happened at SXSW…

Do you love your iPhone so much you want to eat it? You’ll have to travel to a small country bakery in western Japan to sink your teeth into this one. The Green Gables bakery in Tokushima prefecture created this yummy iPhone replica in 2008 as a birthday treat for a customer’s husband, but when…

Japan’s Maid Cafes

Last year, Rainer Jenss traveled around the world with his wife and two sons, and blogged about his experience here on Intelligent Travel. Now he’s writing a column that focuses on traveling with kids. During a recent visit to Japan, I had a chance to explore a side of Tokyo that was quite different from…

Taking on Toyko

Last year, Rainer Jenss traveled around the world with his wife and two sons, and blogged about his experience here on Intelligent Travel. Now he’s writing a column that focuses on traveling with kids. This summer, my ten-year-old son Stefan was invited to Tokyo, Japan, to take part in the 20th anniversary of the World…

Japan Without a Plan

How can you make a run-of-the mill vacation into a Choose Your Own Adventure novel? In the latest issue of Oprah Magazine, writer Catherine Price shows us how, ditching her type-A travel planning techniques by booking a ticket for Tokyo without an agenda. She navigates the city asking questions of its residents about where to…

One of Japan’s top tattoo artists creates traditional Japanese art on a woman’s back during a cultural performance for the press in Tokyo. The presentation aimed to introduce the historical and cultural underpinnings of tattoo art. We never have a shortage of great pics on the NG.com site, but this new gallery of Tattoos, Piercings,…

Tokyo Day Trip: Mount Takao

Korena Di Roma, an editor with National Geographic Digital Media, shares an easy escape from the bustle of Tokyo. With less than five full days to explore Tokyo, a friend and I were prepared to experience a fully urbanized existence, limiting our encounters with nature to the beautifully landscaped and sprawling public parks that offer…

“The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” from the series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji,” Japan, Edo period, c. 1830-1834, color woodblock print. Honolulu Academy of Arts: Gift of James A. Michener, 1955 His name may not be as familiar as Monet or Picasso, but Katsushika Hokusai created one of the most recognizable–and most reproduced–pieces of art…

Flush Before Flying

In an innovative approach to conservation, Japanese carrier All Nippon Airlines is suggesting that its passengers make a pit stop before boarding their planes in order to reduce fuel consumption. The AFP reports: ANA estimates that if half its passengers went to the bathroom before boarding, it could reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 4.2…

Spa Monkeys

So, opposable thumbs aside, we have more in common with the Japanese Snow Monkey than previously thought. Perched high in the Japanese Alps, in the village of Jigokudani, is a tranquil retreat for anyone needing some well-deserved R&R. At the Korakukan Inn, visitors can ease into natural hot springs and let the curing waters do…

Jenss Family Travels: Sayonara Japan

Rainer Jenss and his family are on an around-the-world trip, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us here at Intelligent Travel. You can keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts and following the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. Week Three of our immersion into the world of Japanese culture…

Rainer Jenss and his family are three months into their around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for Intelligent Travel. You can keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts and following the boys Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. Three important occasions marked our second week in Japan: a milestone, a…