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Monkeying around in Sarugakucho

by Kit Nagamura

Sarugakucho — which loosely translates as “monkey fun town” — is a hot spot near Daikanyama Station in Shibuya, Tokyo. As a place to hang out, this area sets the bar pretty high: Its backstreets are a zoo of uber-cute boutiques offering exclusive jeans, aromatic drip coffee made with gourmet ...

Tottori's golden sandbox and fog-shrouded mountains

Jan 17, 2015

Tottori's golden sandbox and fog-shrouded mountains

by Davey Young

The region north of the Chugoku mountains in western Honshu is known as San’in — “the shadow of the mountain.” In Tottori Prefecture, these craggy mountains give way to stretches of fertile farmland that butt up against the icy Sea of Japan. The erratic ...

Lake Placid isn't just for winter lovers anymore

Jan 17, 2015

Lake Placid isn't just for winter lovers anymore

by Tim Reynolds

Perhaps it’s the fresh-baked cookie that’s offered to guests as they check into the Mirror Lake Inn, the village’s crown jewel of lodging. Or perhaps it’s how just about every quaint store and restaurant in town has some sort of reminder that miracles can, ...

Wyoming resort attracts families

Jan 10, 2015

Wyoming resort attracts families

by Brett Martel

For decades, Jackson Hole’s reputation for its abundance of expert terrain — and relatively little else — preceded it. It was a place most attractive to hard-core, expert-level skiers — often guys, or as a longtime female resident put it, “Pretty stinky guys.” After ...

In Kawabata's footsteps to 'Snow Country'

Jan 3, 2015

In Kawabata's footsteps to 'Snow Country'

by Dan Asenlund

“The train came out of the long tunnel into the snow country.” Few opening lines in the canon of domestic literature match that of Yasunari Kawabata’s “Snow Country” in terms of fame. Pretty much every Japanese person knows it by heart having memorized it ...

Art festival lights up Amsterdam in dark winter

Jan 3, 2015

Art festival lights up Amsterdam in dark winter

by Mike Corder

As a canal boat slides along Amsterdam’s elegant Herengracht canal, a man walking over a bridge pushes down and pulls up on a bicycle pump. As he does, a model tulip — its flower glowing purple — rises sedately from beneath the water. The ...

Rich fun on a low budget: South Beach side streets

Dec 27, 2014

Rich fun on a low budget: South Beach side streets

by Jennifer Kay

The fashion runway that is Lincoln Road. The skin and eccentricities displayed under neon lights on Ocean Drive. The crowds club-hopping up and down Washington Ave. The main drags of South Beach are on every tourist’s itinerary. And they should be — they’re flashy, ...