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Great Travel Literature: Japan

National Geographic’s travel literature expert, Don George, recommends four books that present lyrical passageways into Old Japan.

Travel Lens: Don George’s World

From climbing Kilimanjaro and contemplating the magic of Uluru to exploring the jungles of Cambodia and the backcountry temples of Shikoku, legendary travel writer and editor Don George has seen the better part of our planet. Here’s a look at the world and all that’s in it through his unique lens.

I Heart My City: Kaley’s Sapporo

When the company Kaley Portier worked for asked her to move to Sapporo, on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, she jumped at the chance. “The native Floridian in me was scared at the prospect of living in one of the snowiest places on Earth,” she says. “But this city showed me that the best things in life are those that you don’t expect.” Here are a few of Kaley’s favorite things about the city she’s proud to call home.

I Heart My City: Takafumi’s Kyoto

Kyoto native Takafumi Kawakami appreciates how his city’s ancient history and cutting-edge dynamism meet in the middle to create a fascinating, world-class destination. “In Kyoto, I can easily reconnect with the past,” he says. “But at the same time, I can meet so many creative minds.” Here are a few of Takafumi’s favorite things about the city he’s proud to call home.

A Guide to Kid-Friendly Tokyo

National Geographic Traveler columnist Heather Greenwood Davis is the magazine’s family travel advocate, guru, and soothsayer. Here’s her guide to kid-friendly Tokyo, Japan.

Travel Inspiration: Great New Reads

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From Africa to the Oregon Trail, these four new #TripLit titles take you there.

Finding Peace in 21st-Century Kyoto

When travelers arrive in Kyoto for the first time, they often are confused and disappointed. Expecting a place that exudes timeless elegance and peace, they instead find a thoroughly modern city of traffic-clogged streets and blocky concrete buildings. Looking at their faces, you know what they’re thinking: Where’s Kyoto?

New Year’s Around the World

Celebrating the New Year and the potential it holds is a tradition dating back millennia. From watching “the ball drop” in New York City’s Times Square to popping grapes on the beaches of Barcelona, our rituals may vary, but the prospect of a clean slate is a universal ideal. Here are four ways people usher in the New Year around the globe.

Japan by Bullet Train

I wanted to cross the country in one day. You can do that now, thanks to the incredibly fast bullet trains that connect Japan’s major cities. The bullet, or Shinkansen, train looks futuristic but celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Since 2011, it has linked the northernmost city of Aomori, on the main island of Honshu, to…

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

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Travel Lately—a roundup of the best new dispatches from the travel blogosphere—is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday. You can play, too. Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories #NGTRadar to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web.

All Aboard: Great Railway Hotels

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Experience the luxury of a bygone era with a wholly modern spin at one of these world-class railway hotels.

Learning to Speak Japanese

I recently returned from the Nat Geo Expeditions journey “Inside Japan.” In my role as an expert, I was to prepare several lectures to deliver to my fellow travelers. The idea of encapsulating everything I know and love about Japan into discrete talks was daunting. But one day near the end of the trip, reality brought home just how important these kinds of discussions can be.