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IZU: Where reality beats fiction

In 1600, after English sailor John Blackthorne washed ashore, his ship wrecked on a mysterious coast, he awoke in a remote village on Japan’s Izu Peninsula. This tale is fictional: it’s the opening to Shōgun, an epic 1970s novel by James Clavell. The beauty of Izu captured in its pages, however, is 100% real. Fast forward to 2018 and the Izu Peninsula is a UNESCO Global Geopark, recognised for its landscape, biodiversity and sustainable tourism ethos. Arriving in Izu, there’s an immediate sense of Japan as a volcanic island country. It’s an area of breathtaking beauty; of dramatic landforms, ancient Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, and tiny towns serving up fresh local seafood.

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This month, we ditch the jeep to discover Africa from a different perspective. Whether on foot, by boat or hot air balloon, we’re showcasing the continent’s wild side on an active safari across Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and more. We go north of Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland; discover Japan’s Tohoku region; and spend a long weekend in Vilnius. Other highlights this issue include Lima, Fife, Budapest, San Francisco and Turin, while our photo story unearths the tradition of gold panning in Costa Rica.