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Discovering Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Beyond with Don George

• 28 min

When you think of going somewhere that’s a true departure from the familiar, a place with both stunning natural beauty and impressive modern flair, then it won’t take long before visions of Japan begin to fill your mind. The cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka are natural starting points for the first-time visitor. If you’re ready to discover the rich cultural traditions of Japan and witness the country’s distinctive blend of ancient and modern architecture, then we’ve got an experienced guide to help point you in the right direction.Today, Angie Orth welcomes Don George, a lifelong “Japanophile” who has spent decades exploring this incredible island nation. He’s a celebrated travel writer who now leads Geographic Expeditions tours through Japan. You’ll learn about the geography of Japan and how the major islands and biggest destinations differ from one another. We’ll talk about navigating the language barrier, and who to seek out if you need help. Don shares his experiences of generosity and kindness from locals on his travels, and he’ll provide a few tips for taking your first warm dip in a Japanese onsen. What You’ll Learn:* Where to start if you’re a first-time visitor to Japan (3:03)* Tips for navigating the language barrier (7:31)* Exploring the Geisha tradition (14:41)* What to expect when you visit an onsen (17:13)* What’s possible when you venture off of the beaten path (23:57)Connect with Don George:Blog: ( with Angie Orth:Website +Blog: ( ( with AAA:LinkedIn: ( ( ( Traveling with AAA Podcast: ( your next vacation with AAA: (

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