Battle of Sekigahara: a war set in stone

Mar 19, 2016

Battle of Sekigahara: a war set in stone

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The open valley basins of Gifu Prefecture at the very center of Honshu, where the town of Sekigahara lies, were easily co-opted as theaters of war. It's no coincidence, given the martial history of the region, that the town of Seki was once known ...

Find thrills amid spectacular scenery in New Zealand

Mar 19, 2016

Find thrills amid spectacular scenery in New Zealand

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For travelers wanting to take in the mind-bogglingly stunning scenery of New Zealand’s South Island while getting a high-octane shot of adrenaline, Queenstown and the surrounding Fiordland area are bucket-list must-dos. Queenstown is not only an adventure tourism capital, but it’s also home to ...

Nagoya's big names, trains and automobiles

Mar 12, 2016

Nagoya's big names, trains and automobiles

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Mount Fuji whizzes by as I drive the Tokaido N700 series shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagoya. “Don’t let the speed go above 270 kilometers per hour,” warns Kaori Takagi. I heed the warning, though Takagi is not a shinkansen driver instructor. We are, in ...

Tourism transforms quiet Mexican beach

Mar 12, 2016

Tourism transforms quiet Mexican beach

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Bookended by seaside rocks that protrude into warm Pacific Ocean waters, the relatively small Playa de los Muertos, or Beach of the Dead, features gentle waves, pelicans diving for fish and sunbathers lying on the sand. Vendors sell beer and grilled fish-on-a-stick, and two ...

Discover the cosmopolitan vibe of Toronto

Feb 27, 2016

Discover the cosmopolitan vibe of Toronto

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Grab your toque (what Canadians call a wool hat) and get your game face on if you’re heading for the NBA All-Star Game in the 6ix —a term coined by rapper Drake, Toronto’s unofficial ambassador, for his hometown. The 6ix, referring to the city’s ...

'Glamping' in Japan: Roughing it just got easy

Feb 26, 2016

'Glamping' in Japan: Roughing it just got easy

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“Glamping,” or “glamorous camping,” is gaining popularity in Japan among travelers who want to experience the pleasures associated with camping without forsaking the comforts of a luxury hotel. Hoshino Resort Co., a leading operator of resorts and hotels, opened Japan’s first glamping facility, Hoshinoya ...