Seeing geisha today is like getting a glimpse of a long-gone past. The best chances to spot them on the street are in Kyoto’s premier geisha district Gion.
Japan’s most iconic mountain is just about 100km distant from central Tokyo. Its peak is often surrounded by clouds, as if Fuji was hiding from visitors. Locals call the mountain “shy” for that.
Kyoto offers some spectacular colors during autumn. Maple leafs dominate the palette to such an extent that momiji, the Japanese term for it, has become synonymous with autumn foliage in general.
Gunkanjima is an island located 15km off the coast of Nagasaki. Before it became a ghost island in the 70s, it was inhabited by thousands of miners, producing coal from its undersea mines.
Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly has a brilliant score that outweighs its plot easily. When researching on the project, the composer even made the Japanese ambassador’s wife sing indigenous folk songs for him.
Japan’s urban areas are known for their dense concrete jungle. The area around Osaka’s Gate Tower Building almost look as if it was completely spared from urban planning and development regulations.
At Spain’s Costa de la Luz, almost 700 years of Moorish rule left their mark on the country. A great example is Vejer de la Frontera, with its narrow alleyways reflecting settlements in North Africa.
When spending time in the Alps during summer, part of the fun is that you come across cattle ranches. Some farmers even open their huts to guests, offering refreshments and accommodation.