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Kyoto

Sashimi at Kichisen.

Japan

Mealtime as meditation

Japan's kaiseki cuisine is influencing chefs around the world, writes Leisa Tyler.

The Backpacker

The world's top 10 best cities for cycling

Cycling in Amsterdam

The Backpacker It’s doesn't include Sydney, obviously, despite its new cycle lane. Nor Melbourne, despite its handy lack of hills.

Japan

One day three ways: Kyoto

Kyoto

Brian Johnston Kyoto is a joy to walk around and its beautifully presented streets many temples don't cost a yen.

Japan

The Kyoto protocol

Traditions: a multicourse meal, or kaiseki, is served in a guest's room after a communal bath.

Stephen Lacey and his son enjoy superb hospitality at a classically inspired inn.

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The Backpacker's travel highlights 2010

From beaches to monasteries ... my best travel experiences of 2010, including the Cook Islands (pictured).

From nude beaches to Buddhist monasteries The Backpacker looks back at his travel highlights for 2010.

Speeding bullets: Japan's fast trains

Japan's bullet train, or the

Japan is a utopia for rail travellers, especially when it comes to cleanliness, service ... and speed.

Travellers Tips

Old towns

Top 10 Old Town districts: theatre of the streets

Secrets to unravel ... a young geisha girl in downtown Kyoto.

Heading to the oldest parts of a city delivers the richest rewards, writes Kerry van der Jagt.

Map of Kyoto

Travel News

Family kicked off Southwest Airlines flight over Twitter complaint

Soutwest Airlines plane.

3:09pm | A family was asked to get off flight in the US because of a tweet the father sent out complaining about the airline's service.

Malaysia Airlines wins support after poignant MH17 tweet

ANNIE DANG 10:34am | Malaysia Airlines has received huge support after posting a simple, poignant message on Twitter.

'Drunk' Ryanair passenger attempts to open plane door during flight

LIZZIE PORTER 8:59am | A nervous flyer drunkenly attempted to open the exit door on a Dublin-bound Ryanair flight after mistaking it for the toilet.

Snow industry's powdery promises doubted by skiers

MISA HAN 1:01pm | Reports of excellent snow cover in Thredbo, Perisher and Mt Buller have left a flurry of powdery promises on social media.

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