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Gion

The imagery of geisha almost always springs to mind when people think of Japan—set foot in Kyoto’s Gion district and you might just bump right into one.

Fukushima

Get to know this hip Osaka neighborhood with Michelin-ranked restaurants, and strange architecture.

Shotengai in Nishinari, Osaka.

Nishinari

The “Skid Row” of Osaka may be a dream for budget-conscious tourists, but is it safe?

Tenma

A neighborhood where Osaka’s lively personality is always on full display.

Shimokitazawa

Welcome to the bohemian ‘hood where Tokyo's cool kids gather.

Edogawa

Even with a traditional flair, this Tokyo ward is all about relaxing and refreshing

Second-hand books stacked and priced in window display of bookshop in Jimbocho, Tokyo.

Jimbocho

Tokyo’s book town.

View of Rainbow Bridge and Minato, from Odaiba in Tokyo

Minato

Tokyo's international district.