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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Sydney, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Denpasar, Indonesia
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Boracay, Philippines
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Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Bagan, Myanmar
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Hong Kong, China
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Seoul, South Korea
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Tokyo, Japan
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Queenstown, New Zealand — 6 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Te Anau (The Chasm Walk, Milford Sound, &more). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, race across the water with a speed boat tour, trek along Lake Gunn, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Queenstown travel planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Queenstown is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Queenstown is 20 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.
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Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
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Sydney, Australia — 6 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: The Road Builders Memorial (in Katoomba), Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls) and The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, stop by The Rocks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online road trip planner.

Fly from Queenstown to Sydney in 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to fly to Melbourne.
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Melbourne, Australia — 6 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 19th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, walk around Fitzroy Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Denpasar.
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Parks · Tours · Wineries · Zoos & Aquariums
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Denpasar, Indonesia — 6 nights

A trip to Denpasar takes visitors to the capital of Bali and the gateway to the island.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denpasar: Jimbaran (Jimbaran Bay & Samasta Lifestyle Village), Uluwatu Temple (in Pecatu) and Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (in Ubud). There's lots more to do: cool off at Waterbom Bali, enjoy the sand and surf at Pantai Sanur, relax and rejuvenate at The Nest Boutique Spa, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Denpasar trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Denpasar in 9 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Denpasar due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Denpasar hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. On the 26th (Fri), you're off to Boracay.
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Boracay, Philippines — 4 nights

All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Boracay is known for beaches, sightseeing, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Diniwid Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Bugtongbato Beach, step off the mainland to explore Crystal Cove Island, and relax and rejuvenate at Legacy Gym Boracay.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Boracay trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Denpasar to Boracay takes 11 hours. Traveling from Denpasar in January, expect nights in Boracay to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Singapore.
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Singapore, Singapore — 5 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Singapore is known for parks, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Singapore Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Merlion Park, don't miss a visit to Gardens by the Bay, and see the interesting displays at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Singapore trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Singapore in 10 hours. Traveling from Boracay in January, you will find days in Singapore are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Kuala Lumpur.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 2 nights

Garden City of Lights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
On the 5th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Merdeka Square, explore the world behind art at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, and then stroll around KL Bird Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves, then walk around KLCC Park, then admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kuala Lumpur trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Kuala Lumpur can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Siem Reap.
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Siem Reap, Cambodia — 4 nights

Temple Town

Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Spend the 8th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and steep yourself in history at Angkor Thom.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Siem Reap trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In February, daytime highs in Siem Reap are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Bangkok.
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Bangkok, Thailand — 4 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Bangkok is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, browse the exhibits of Jim Thompson House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and take some stellar pictures from Wat Saket.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bangkok road trip planner.

Fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Bagan.
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Bagan, Myanmar — 3 nights

The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
On the 15th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thatbyinnyu Temple, then steep yourself in history at Shwesandaw Pagoda, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dhammayan Gyi Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sulamani Guphaya Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ananda Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shwezigon Pagoda, and finally steep yourself in history at Htilominlo Pahto.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bagan trip planning website.

Fly from Bangkok to Bagan in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Bagan is minus 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Hanoi.
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 3 nights

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), indulge in some personalized pampering at Lessence De La Vie Spa, take a stroll through Old Quarter, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi visit planning tool.

You can fly from Bagan to Hanoi in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Bagan to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong, China — 4 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. Pack the 24th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), head off the coast to Lantau island, examine the collection at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hong Kong trip app.

You can fly from Hanoi to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hanoi to Hong Kong. In February, daytime highs in Hong Kong are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Seoul.
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Seoul, South Korea — 3 nights

One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Seoul is known for sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the striking features of Deoksugung, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Seoul trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Seoul takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Hong Kong to Seoul is 1 hour. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Hong Kong in February, with highs in Seoul at 5°C and lows at -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Tokyo, Japan — 4 nights

Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seoul in February, with highs in Tokyo at 12°C and lows at 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Spas
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New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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Australia travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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Indonesia travel guide

4.3
Spas · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Emerald of the Equator
Boasting over 18,000 islands, Indonesia represents the world's largest archipelago, serving as home to about 250 million people. A kaleidoscope of cultures, the country encompasses some 300 ethnic groups and nearly 750 different languages and dialects--an astounding cultural diversity that makes an Indonesia holiday especially rewarding. Begin your Indonesia tour by discovering the country's big cities, huge melting pots bursting with energy and soaked in centuries of dramatic history. From there, head farther afield: the nation's varied landscapes of volcanoes, white-sand beaches, and sprawling tropical forests draw adrenaline junkies seeking an exotic land offering perhaps the world's last truly great outdoor adventures.
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Philippines travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.
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Malaysia travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Shopping Malls · Parks
An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.
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Cambodia travel guide

4.1
Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.
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Thailand travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.
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Myanmar travel guide

3.9
Monuments · Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins
Golden Land
Closed to Western travelers for most of the 20th century, Myanmar draws an increasing number of visitors with its gilded pagodas and elaborately decorated temples. Visitors looking for sun and sand opt to vacation on Myanmar's many isolated beaches, ideal for escaping the modern world and kicking back with a drink and a book. In the cities, savvy shoppers easily find bargains on high-quality textiles, antiques, traditional tapestries, and precious stones. A well-rounded Myanmar itinerary also includes a few leisurely activities, like drinking tea at a cozy teahouse, enjoying a hearty meal at a family-run eatery, and pausing to contemplate at a centuries-old Buddhist shrine.
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Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.
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South Korea travel guide

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History Museums · Shopping · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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