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Join Globe Trekker host Megan McCormick on a journey of discovery across Japan’s spectacular heartland! Starting in Japan’s beautiful former capital Kyoto, Megan immerses herself in the culture of this island nation. She explores Buddhist temples, World Heritage Sites, and bargains at the city’s best flea market. She then learns the art of Zen meditation and visits the Gion district, home to many of Kyoto’s few hundred remaining Geisha. She then travels by train to bustling Osaka, and Iga-Ueno, a former ninja stronghold, where she learns the secrets of these famously skilled assailants. Continuing by train through the Japanese Alps, and by ferry to the remote Sado Island, Megan embraces unique traditions, stunning landscapes, and tasty street food. Finally, in Himeji, she witnesses a dramatic fighting festival, involving a :’battle’ between heavy portable shrines carried by local villagers in loincloths. Along the way: – Sip coffee at a Cat Caf in Osaka. – Cycle along the picturesque coastline of Sado Island. – Learn drumming with members the world famous drum group, Kodo. – Visit the site of Japan’s most famous Samurai battle on its anniversary.