Kyoto’s Yasaka Shrine during Gion Matsuri. Photo: Alamy

The good, bad and ugly sides of Kyoto – the centre of traditional Japanese culture

  • Ancient meets modern in the former imperial capital, which is home to 1,681 Buddhist temples and 812 Shinto shrines
  • But the Japanese obsession with cuteness unfortunately does not seem to extend to modern architecture
Topic |   Asia Travel

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Kyoto’s Yasaka Shrine during Gion Matsuri. Photo: Alamy
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One of 165 canals in the Netherlands’ capital, Amsterdam. Photo: Alamy

The good, bad and ugly sides of Amsterdam – Netherlands’ capital is trying to manage too many tourists

  • The city has become a victim of its success and is switching from self-promotion to destination management
  • A gentrification project has tackled organised crime in the Red Light District and provided incentives for upscale cafes and boutiques to move in
Topic |   Travel pros and cons

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One of 165 canals in the Netherlands’ capital, Amsterdam. Photo: Alamy
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