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If you get the chance to get dressed up as a geisha and walk the streets....do it. It was an interesting and unforgettable experience! Well worth the money. If you can go in cherry blossom season then that is the time to go as it is seriously beautiful and amazing and all the gardens look stunning. The golden temple is also truely beautiful and a must see!
Sharon, 31 Mar, 2013 Raw Japan
MICHELLE, 9 Dec, 2012 Raw Japan
Japan is so much more than the land of karaoke, Hello Kitty, Manga and Harajuku style.
Travel to Japan and you’ll soon see that it’s also home to outlandish game shows, bizarre vending machines, old school sake breweries, and a population of faultlessly considerate people. Oh… and there’s a whole load of ancient temples, castles and shrines, too.
Join a Geckos tour to ride through the Japanese countryside at warp speed aboard a bullet train, visit sumo stables in Tokyo, see Geishas in Kyoto, sip sake in Takayama, and get amongst the legendary Osaka eating scene.
Travelling in Japan is guaranteed to produce more mind-blowing moments per minute than almost anywhere else in the world. From riding the ruthlessly efficient subway system to using musical public toilets, a trip to Japan is worth it for the shock value alone.
And the sushi. All of the sushi.
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Enchanting Mongolian plains and endless Russian steppe weave with mountains, forests, meadows, lakes and towns as you roll from Ulaanbaatar to St Petersberg on the world's most epic train journey, the Trans Mongolian Railway.
You can spend time, too, at Russia's Lake Baikal, the world's largest body of freshwater with its own unique species of seal, or go on Mongolian safari with yaks as your transport and gers your accommodation in true nomadic style.
Further wander the majestic Gobi desert and Mongolian mountains or delve into the myriad other historical sites of The Stans – including Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
Central Asia will astound from high steppe to skyscraper.View all North & Central Asia trips