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New! 2017 South Korea & Japan: Temples, Shrines & Seaside Treasures

South Korea: Seoul, Daegu, Gyeongju • Japan: Tokyo, Toba, Kyoto

17 Days from only $6095 including international airfare

©2015 The New York Times
Preserving Korea’s Kimchi

Learn about the Korean kimchi industry which has been jeopardized by the cheap cost of Chinese imports.

©2015 The New York Times
Intersection: Harajuku, Tokyo

Learn how to master Tokyo street style where colors and patterns make the best fashion statements.

Courtesy of Fritz Schumann
Valley of Dolls

Discover a literal “valley of the dolls,” where a Japanese woman has populated a town with more life-sized dolls than living residents

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Travelogue: Kyoto, Japan 1965

Turn back the clock to 1960s-era Kyoto, Japan, and stroll along garden paths lined with stone lanterns and centuries-old shrines.

Courtesy CNN
Making the Purest Sake

See how Japan combines the cleanest water and the finest rice to create some of the world’s best sake.

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Find the Adventure That’s Right for You

Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Weather & Climate

Interested in what the climate and weather will be like on this trip? Take a look at the type of climates you’ll encounter, expected precipitation, and average temperatures by month for destinations you’ll visit.

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  • Most of Japan lies in a temperate zone with weather conditions similar to the east coast of the United States. Spring can be very unpredictable and temperatures often fluctuate, and the plum and cherry blossoms touch the entire landscape with splashes of whites and pinks. June and July bring the summer rains. Weather during September can be briefly turbulent, with some fast-moving thunderstorms inland and occasional typhoons over the ocean. Autumn is spectacular, with slightly cool days, clear blue skies, and stunning foliage. Winter days are chilly but temperatures don’t often drop below freezing.

    Month Average High Average Low Average Precipitation
    Jan 48 35 2.0
    Feb 49 36 2.8
    Mar 54 41 4.2
    Apr 64 50 5.1
    May 72 58 5.7
    June 76 66 6.9
    July 82 71 5.3
    Aug 86 75 5.8
    Sept 79 69 8.5
    Oct 69 58 7.6
    Nov 61 49 3.8
    Dec 53 40 2.1
  • Month Average High Average Low Average Precipitation
    Jan 50 36 2.5
    Feb 51 37 2.4
    Mar 57 42 4.9
    Apr 66 51 5.5
    May 73 59 5.6
    June 78 66 6.6
    July 85 73 7.2
    Aug 88 76 7.3
    Sept 82 70 8.5
    Oct 72 59 9.3
    Nov 63 50 4.3
    Dec 55 41 1.8
  • Month Average High Average Low Average Precipitation
    Jan 42 34 11.3
    Feb 43 33 7.6
    Mar 50 37 6.5
    Apr 62 47 6.2
    May 70 55 5.6
    June 77 64 7.2
    July 83 72 8.8
    Aug 87 74 6.4
    Sept 79 66 9.5
    Oct 68 55 8.2
    Nov 58 46 10.1
    Dec 49 38 13.3
  • Month Average High Average Low Average Precipitation
    Jan 46 30 2.2
    Feb 48 32 2.6
    Mar 53 33 4.3
    Apr 66 44 5.9
    May 73 51 5.7
    June 80 60 9.2
    July 87 69 8
    Aug 89 71 5.8
    Sept 82 64 7.9
    Oct 71 51 5
    Nov 60 41 3.2
    Dec 51 32 2.1
  • Month Average High Average Low Average Precipitation
    Jan 47 35 1.9
    Feb 48 35 2.6
    Mar 54 40 4.2
    Apr 64 49 6.5
    May 71 57 6.1
    June 77 66 10
    July 84 74 9.1
    Aug 87 75 4.3
    Sept 80 68 7.5
    Oct 71 57 4.2
    Nov 61 47 2.6
    Dec 52 39 1.8
  • Month Average High Average Low Average Precipitation
    Jan 33 21 1.0
    Feb 38 25 1.4
    Mar 49 35 2.2
    Apr 62 46 3.0
    May 72 55 4.5
    June 79 64 6.8
    July 82 71 18.0
    Aug 84 72 16.2
    Sept 77 63 7.2
    Oct 66 51 2.4
    Nov 51 38 2.4
    Dec 38 27 1.0
  • Month Average High Average Low Average Precipitation
    Jan 33 21 1.0
    Feb 38 25 1.4
    Mar 49 35 2.2
    Apr 62 46 3.0
    May 72 55 4.5
    June 79 64 6.8
    July 82 71 18.0
    Aug 84 72 16.2
    Sept 77 63 7.2
    Oct 66 51 2.4
    Nov 51 38 2.4
    Dec 38 27 1.0

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