Hakone in hot water: Romance, gimlets and raunchy 'onsen'

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“I think they’re having an affair,” murmurs my companion, the ever-observant Megumi. She nods at a middle-aged couple sitting next to us on the “Romance Car,” the limited express train that links Tokyo and the hot-spring resort of Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture. “How can you tell?” I ask. “They’re too flirtatious. ...

Exploring Guyana's most-isolated rain forest

Apr 30, 2016

Exploring Guyana's most-isolated rain forest

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From 1,800 meters above Guyana’s rain forest, the jungle canopy below spread to the horizon in every direction, like wall-to-wall green carpeting. Winding, mud-brown tributaries of the Demerara River shimmered in the sunlight. My endless view of the jungle and the aggressive hum of ...

Running at Disney is all about costumes

Apr 23, 2016

Running at Disney is all about costumes

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At Walt Disney World, you might find Darth Vader, Tinker Bell or a classic Disney princess running alongside half-marathon participants. These events are no ordinary races, and the trips that participants take are no ordinary Disney visits. Few care about race times, particularly with ...

Finding serenity in an ancient Cairo mosque

Apr 16, 2016

Finding serenity in an ancient Cairo mosque

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Amid Cairo’s cramped mass of humanity and traffic, with its incessant honking and haggling, visitors will be hard-pressed to find some solitude. However, if you’re willing to go off the beaten tourist track a bit, serenity can be found. The expansive Mosque of Ahmed ...

Saga touts unknown attractions in tourist drive

Apr 9, 2016

Saga touts unknown attractions in tourist drive

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Saga Prefecture has long ranked low among domestic tourist destinations in Japan, but local officials and residents believe this is all down to a bad rap that is quite unearned. The prefecture in northwestern Kyushu, they argue, suffers because it lacks a signature image ...