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Culturally, Japan is the closest you can get to visiting another planet. From the neon mania of Tokyo to the hypnotic ritual of geisha teahouses, the culture sucks you in and leaves you permanently changed -- in a good way.
An archipelago of 6,852 islands, Japan packs the world's tenth-largest population into under 150,000 square miles. The greater Tokyo region is the largest metropolitan area in the world, housing over 30 million residents.
Climb the hill flanking Kyoto to find the stunning Kiyomizu-dera, an ancient buddhist temple built in 1633 without the help of a single nail (the whole thing is fitted wood slats).
Cross the famous Shibuya intersection into the shopping district, then escape the crush in the serene and austere Meiji Shrine, Tokyo's most famous Shinto holy place.
Tour Kyoto’s famous Geisha district, viewing immaculate geisha girls entertaining in teahouses tucked into narrow back streets.
Spend a day in Ueno Park, the Central park of Tokyo, packed with galleries and museums (so you can feel better about all the shopping you did).
In Nikko, find the impossibly ornate Toshugu Shrine, housing the body of Tokugawa Ieyasu, a warlord who controlled all of Japan and whose shogunate lasted 250 years.
Where else can you see carnivorous deer try to eat snow monkeys?
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Travis Rice wasn’t born: he came forth from a mountain in Jackson Hole with a board strapped to his legs. Often hailed as one of the best all-around snowboarders in the world, he’s won over 30 grand slam titles and landed the first double rodeo 1080 in competition. Since 2008, he’s been producing and starring in films that capture his aerial feats.
When Travis Rice does Japan, he does it like there’s no tomorrow (or even today, past 2 AM).
“For a next-level classic rock cover band, go to Bauhaus in Roppongi. They rock out so hard every night.“
“On the way to Narita Airport, stop at the Narita Wholesale Market’s sake retailer. They have an insane amount of sake and you can try most varieties. Junmai Daiginjō is the best; you can buy a bag of it to carry with you on the plane.”
“I never miss a trip to Tokyo Hands. I go every time I’m in Japan. It’s the most incredible place - calling it an arts and crafts store doesn’t begin to do it justice. They have over 30,000 items, absolutely everything you could ever want or need.”
Days 1-3: Tokyo
There's no better city to get lost in for three days. From the neon nightlife to the peaceful temples to the urban intensity, Tokyo will suck you in.
Days 4-5: Nikko
Hop a bullet train to this centuries-old sacred site dotted with shrines and temples. Visit Toshugu Shrine and see the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Days 6-9: Kyoto
Tour every inch of this former imperial capital, including the shrines, gardens and, of course, the famed Geisha district.