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Photo Of The Day: Kyoto, In Fisheye Form

Photo Of The Day: Kyoto, In Fisheye Form Oct 22nd, 2013 at 6:00PM: m24instudio, Flickr Fisheye camera lenses produce all sorts of fun photos, and this example is no exception. Shared by Gadling Flickr Pool member m24instudio, it puts a wild perspective on the Sagano Bamboo Forest, located in Kyoto, Japan. We'd love to feature your photos and videos on Gadling, so please add them to our Flickr Pool (with Creative Commons licensing!), tag @GadlingTravel on...

There's a Japanese Travel Agency for Stuffed Animals (Because of Course There Is)

There's a Japanese Travel Agency for Stuffed Animals (Because of Course There Is) Oct 22nd, 2013 at 12:15PM: Unagi Travel, Facebook You think you're feeling cooped up and need to get out and explore? What about that teddy bear of yours that hasn't emerged from your storage closet since 1985? A Japanese travel agency, Unagi Travel, which calls itself a "travel agency for stuffed animals," has been taking plush animals on trips for the last three years. Why? To allow their owners to live vicariously...

Strange Laws That Can Get You Locked Up Abroad

Strange Laws That Can Get You Locked Up Abroad Aug 28th, 2013 at 12:07PM: F Delventhal, Flickr Getting arrested is probably far down the list of most people's travel concerns. After all, we're usually focused on checking museums and monuments off our bucket list -- not engaging in illicit activity. But seemingly innocuous behavior can get you into trouble in many parts of the world, including things like wearing bikinis and chewing gum. The British Foreign Office has...

The Universe In A Moment At Ryōanji

The Universe In A Moment At Ryōanji Aug 28th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Candace Rose Rardon It's a Sunday morning in Kyoto and I am sitting on the long wooden steps of the hōjō, the abbott's residence of Ryōanji Temple – one of 1,600 temples in this historic city. At my feet is the temple's famous karesansui, or dry rock garden. In a small rectangle of white gravel, measuring just twenty-five by ten meters and raked to perfection by the monks each...

'Wannabe Ninja' Tourists Can Train In Japan

'Wannabe Ninja' Tourists Can Train In Japan Aug 12th, 2013 at 10:30AM: specialoperations, Flickr Have you been aching to test your skills with a bō staff ever since watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a kid? Now you can do just that at a ninja training camp in the town in Iga, just east of Osaka, Japan. During the hour-long class, ninja trainees can test their skills in star throwing, scaling vertical walls, crawling across a rope strung between two trees and...

Fake Plastic Food In Japan Evolved From Less Than Appetizing Origins

Fake Plastic Food In Japan Evolved From Less Than Appetizing Origins Aug 7th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Mathieu Thouvenin, Flickr Walk through any food court or eatery in Japan and you'll find yourself face to face with walls of plastic food. These displays are designed to show potential diners exactly what they'll receive if they order a particular dish, from the portion size to the ingredients right down to the little garnishes. They're helpful for foreigners who can't decipher Japanese menus but...

Great Comeback Cities For Travel

Great Comeback Cities For Travel Aug 1st, 2013 at 11:03AM: Flickr, Michigan Municipal League Recently, the former automotive boomtown of Detroit made history by filing for bankruptcy, making it an easy butt of jokes on Twitter and in the news. However, Motown has also been making strides to become America's great comeback city, with artists and entrepreneurs lured by cheap rents, and innovative projects happening all over town (disclosure: I'm a big fan...

Urban Camping: Pitch A Tent In Central Park

Urban Camping: Pitch A Tent In Central Park Jul 24th, 2013 at 2:30PM: Flickr, Sarah Ackerman High Manhattan hotel prices ruining your summer travel plans? If you'd like to try urban camping -- sleeping under the skyscrapers of New York City -- you can try your luck for a spot at one of the city's summer Family Camping sessions. The Urban Park Rangers lead programs in more than a dozen city parks in all five boroughs, including Manhattan's Central Park (August 24)...

Yuka The Woolly Mammoth Goes On Display In Japan (VIDEO)

Jul 12th, 2013 at 3:00PM: A 39,000-year-old woolly mammoth has gone on display in Yokohama, Japan. Dubbed "Yuka," the mammoth died at the age of 10 and was frozen in the Russian snow until it was discovered three years ago. Yuka is the best preserved example of her species, which went extinct across most of its range around 10,000 years ago. Isolated populations survived for centuries thereafter, as late as 4,000...

Video Of The Day: Everybody Do The Wave

Jun 24th, 2013 at 5:00PM: We just made it through the summer solstice, and these next few hot months will have many of us running toward any available water sources to keep cool. It can be disappointing to arrive at our favorite watering hole and find it packed with people, but the theme park-goers in the video above from Tokyo Summerland don't seem to mind sharing. In fact, there seems to be more humans than water in...

Five Scenes From A Spring Sojourn In Kyoto

Five Scenes From A Spring Sojourn In Kyoto May 31st, 2013 at 10:00AM: Grant Martin, AOL I've just returned to Japan to lead a tour of Kyoto and Shikoku for two and a half weeks. In my first 24 hours here, in Kyoto, I've tried to pay special attention to everything because I know that our first impressions in a place are always the freshest. After a day or two, the initially striking detail becomes commonplace. Three things have struck me tellingly in these first...

Photo Of The Day: Sunset At Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto

Photo Of The Day: Sunset At Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto Apr 30th, 2013 at 6:30PM: It's difficult to describe the magic of Kyoto, Japan, but today's Photo of the Day comes awfully close. Taken at sunset from the Kiyomizu-dera temple, the image showcases the traditional architecture of the temple, the bright reds and oranges of the fall foliage, the city below and the mountains in the distance. Capturing the shot wasn't a simple endeavor, but Flickr user Chung Hu...

An Enchanted Expedition In Kyoto

An Enchanted Expedition In Kyoto Apr 30th, 2013 at 12:00PM: I have just returned from two and a half wonderful weeks in Japan, leading an intrepid, engaged and enriching group of eight travelers through Kyoto and Shikoku. The trip turned out to be full of magic and delight, but as I began the journey, before I knew how it would turn out, I had turned for inspiration and encouragement to the memory of an earlier journey – my very first time as a...

Samurai! The Art Of The Japanese Warrior Comes To Boston

Samurai! The Art Of The Japanese Warrior Comes To Boston Apr 12th, 2013 at 5:00PM: The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is showcasing a large collection of samurai armor and art from one of the world's leading private collections. "Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection" opens this Sunday, April 14, and features more than 140 objects, such as this horse and rider. Visitors will learn about the complex typology of these elegant suits and how they...

International Budget Guide 2013: Tokyo, Japan

International Budget Guide 2013: Tokyo, Japan Apr 12th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Tokyo, Japan, is a city of politeness, cleanliness, culinary enlightenment and notorious expense. This year Tokyo was listed as the most expensive city in the world, with Japan's second city, Osaka, coming in at number two. But Japan being the land of extremes, there are plenty of great thrifty or outright free things to do in the megalopolis – especially now with the yen at the lowest...

Photo Of The Day: Japanese Mall Food

Photo Of The Day: Japanese Mall Food Apr 7th, 2013 at 5:00PM: When you are in a new place, sometimes it's the most common things that are the most striking. Think about going to the food court at the mall. At home, that's a mundane task, certainly not on the list of anyone with a passion for food or experiencing new cultures. But on the search for mall food in another country? Now that's an adventure. Instagram user atiriarte shows us Japanese mall...

The Coolest Japanese Souvenir Ever

The Coolest Japanese Souvenir Ever Mar 22nd, 2013 at 1:00PM: Paper lanterns, Hello Kitty keychains and sake sets make for fine Japanese souvenirs, but if you want something truly unique, how about a gummy of yourself? Fab Cafe in Tokyo uses 3D printing and other technologies to create custom gummies, chocolates and other treats. So the next time you leave home, there's no need to look far for the perfect gift for your sweetie-you can just get them an...

Busy Completing Your College Degree? Travel Abroad Can Help

Busy Completing Your College Degree? Travel Abroad Can Help Mar 1st, 2013 at 4:00PM: Approaching the finish line on completing a college degree, students often struggle to pick up a class here or an internship there. Between the need to graduate on time and summer jobs, travel abroad for a whole semester is not realistic for many. Now, a new alternative promises to give students that same international experience in a program that fits their timetable. People to People...

Traveling Couple Hits 20 Countries In 312 Days On 3 Minutes Of Video

Feb 5th, 2013 at 4:00PM: In a quest to tackle 30 must-have travel experiences before they turn 30, career breakers Gerard & Kieu of GQ trippin traveled 108,371 kilometers (67,338 miles) in 312 days through 20 countries for one adventure of a lifetime. Shooting 1,266 videos along the way, the traveling couple ended up with 11 hours of video but has reduced it and their entire year of travel to just three...

Photo Of The Day: A Snowy Tokyo Temple

Photo Of The Day: A Snowy Tokyo Temple Jan 25th, 2013 at 7:00PM: In the heart of the greatest metropolis in the world lies Senso-ji, Tokyo's oldest temple. Founded in 628, it is one of the city's biggest tourist attractions – and rightly so. An ENORMOUS lantern is at the head of a ridiculously long walkway of trinket stalls, which leads to the recently renovated main hall, a registered national treasure. Adjacent to the main hall is this five-story...

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