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 ...

Exploring the sea cliffs and sad stories of Molokai

Apr 2, 2016

Exploring the sea cliffs and sad stories of Molokai

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A visit to the island of Molokai offers a window on a unique and tragic chapter of Hawaiian history. For about a century beginning in 1866, some 8,000 individuals afflicted with leprosy were quarantined to live out their lives on the remote Kalaupapa Peninsula ...

The 'art-itecture' of Tadao Ando shapes Naoshima Island

Mar 26, 2016

The 'art-itecture' of Tadao Ando shapes Naoshima Island

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Because I had just emerged from the gloom of a tree-lined approach, the white stones that paved the courtyard seemed impossibly bright. Then, my eyes caught something unexpected: a flight of chunky glass steps, a very modern touch on a renovated shrine. Encountering surprising ...

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 ...