Japan is home to 22 UNESCO World Heritage sites. On your next visit to the Asian country, start by exploring these sites.
- Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome): This structure was all that remained following the atomic bomb explosion on Aug. 6, 1945. It has been preserved in the same condition immediately after the bombing as an expression of hope for world peace.
- Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) (): Kyoto served as the imperial capital of Japan from its beginning through the middle of the 19th The city demonstrates traditional Japanese cultural developments.
- Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region: The newest designated site on this list, the archaeological sites on the island of Okinoshima have been preserved as an example of the rituals performed on site from the fourth through ninth centuries.
- Yakushima: Located on Yaku Island, the region boasts a rich collection of more than 1,900 flora species and subspecies.
- Ogasawara Islands: More than 30 islands in three groups comprise the Ogasawara Islands, home to 195 endangered bird species.
- Shiretoko: The peninsula is located in northeastern Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. The area provides an excellent example of the interaction of marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
Getting through airport security can be a nightmare in and of itself, adding extra hours to your trip that could better be spent in any number of more enjoyable activities. Programs like Global Entry and TSA PreCheck are helping to make the process a little more bearable, but a new program, CLEAR, is quickly emerging as an up-and-coming way to make things even easier.
Located on a flat corner in Barcelona’s Poble Nou neighborhood, a site for many a tech startup or already established tech giant (like HP Enterprise and Booking.com), Sopa serves as a perfect lunch spot during the workday. The cafeteria-style eatery lets you fill up on vegetarian and vegan dishes and either dine in, take the food outside to the patio dining area or take it back to the office for a lunchtime meeting.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.