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Kyoto

No prizes for guessing the world's best city for cyclists.

The Backpacker

The world's top 10 best cities for cycling

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

Japan

Mealtime as meditation

Mousse of lily bulb

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

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

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