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Winning photo launches trip of endless discoveries

"What Japan-inspired photos are your best?" That's the question National Geographic Travel and Japan National Tourism Organization asked, inviting the world to upload images on Instagram using the hashtag #DiscoverJapanContest to enter our photo contest this past August. We received more than 38,000 entries, and the image you see here earned an exclusive, seven-day journey to Kyoto and Tokyo filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences customized for our winner and his wife. Additionally, beyond Tokyo and Kyoto lie many treasures in the surrounding Kanto, Kansai and Setouchi regions.

Follow their adventure discovering the heart of Japanese culture and cuisine, and let their trip inspire a journey of your own……

Hiroshima

Hiroshima is a modern city with a long history, evident at landmarks like Hiroshima Castle and Shukkei-en Garden. It's also famous for its oysters and as a gateway to nearby Miyajima.

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Miyajima

This gem of an island is considered one of Japan’s top scenic places. It's been held sacred since ancient times...

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Okonomiyaki and Oysters

Hiroshima is famous for its own style of okonomiyaki, a savory pancake layered with cabbage, meat...

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Naoshima

Selected by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the "seven places in the world you should see next."

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Himeji

An old town with one of the most beautiful castles in Japan.

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Himeji Castle

this beautiful white Himeji Castle is both a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and a National Treasure...

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Culinary Treasures

Culinary Treasures

Tour the historic sake breweries along the coast of Hyogo and sample Nada sake, renowned for its sharp, dry flavor...

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Kyoto

In this ancient former capital of Japan, enjoy a taste of the most luxurious delicacies, casual ramen noodles, and everything in between. Kyoto famously treasures, keeps alive, and inspires the world with Japan's cultural, artistic, and spiritual traditions. See what they found most intriguing and meaningful.

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Hit the market at dawn

The chef of luxury Hanayashiro restaurant took them along for an early morning shopping excursion...

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Cook with an incredible chef

Back at the restaurant, it was time to learn the chef’s secrets at a ryōtei cooking class where they created a quintessential...

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Explore Zen and tea at tranquil temples

Kyoto abounds with evocative temples and shrines...

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Experience a gourmet evening of dining and entertainment

To make the elegant meal even more special...

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Experience an ancient performance tradition

Since the 14th century, Noh, Japan’s iconic performing art has combined masks...

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Brave fire-breathing ramen noodles

A favorite lunch was found at the small, local Fire Ramen restaurant...

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Witness centuries-old silk weaving

For more than 1,200 years, Japanese craftsmen have used takabata looms to weave exquisite silk fabric known as...

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Osaka

This former merchant's town is one of Japan's largest cities famous for Osaka Castle, street cuisine, shopping arcades, comedy and a recent modern architectural renaissance that including Japan’s tallest building.

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Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle was the largest in Japan when completed in the 16th century...

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Dotonbori

Osaka is a gastronomists’ town, and nowhere is this more evident than the exuberant nightlife district...

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Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji, a 12,355-foot cone of almost perfect symmetry, is Japan's tallest and most sacred mountain. It's officially open for climbing in July and August, but the best views are from scenic Hakone.

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Hakone and Hot Springs

Easily accessible from Tokyo, Hakone is famous for its spectacular mountain...

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Lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji Tour

One of the most delightful ways to see Hakone is on a circular route traveling by mountain railway...

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Tokyo

Japan’s economic and cultural center. Vibrant neighborhoods and fantastic cuisine are around every corner. This mecca of Japanese pop culture fused with traditional ideals is one of the world’s most entertaining cities.

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Experience Shinkansen

They boarded the famous Nozomi Shinkansen high-speed rail at Kyoto station...

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Meiji Jjngu Shrine

Established in 1920, Meiji Jingu Shrine is an urban oasis of calm, classic architecture, ...

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World Busiest Intersection in the World

They walked on to the world’s busiest and Japan’s most photographed intersection...

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Tokyo from the Sky

They experienced an evening helicopter cruise over Tokyo’s glowing cityscape...

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Modern Take on the Traditional Japanese Inn

Epitomizing this unique convergence of old and new, the Hoshinoya Tokyo...

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Experience Botanical Art in the Vibrant Capital

Within the Hoshinoya Tokyo’s sleek design, they tried their hands at the centuries-old botanical art ...

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