The far northwest of Argentina is captivating for its mix of culture, oenology and spectacular nature—a wilderness wonderland of canyons, crags and impossibly vast skies. The snowy peaks of the Andes rise up beyond many of the vineyards—which produce delectable wines.
Ranging from a postmodern Miami fantasia to an elegant maharaja’s palace to a re-creation of an Italian medieval village to a surf resort where no one wears shoes, they share a sense of singularity—they’re the kind of places that couldn’t exist anyplace else.
The great restaurants now are ones where you sit elbow-to-elbow with others, dishes circulate family-style, and the progression of courses is interrupted for socializing, sunshine breaks outside, and dancing between—or atop—the tables. And that’s at lunch.
The tour company was founded by Western professors to show foreigners a side of Japen they’ve been missing. Everyone’s talking about authenticity these days, but until someone comes up with a better word for realness, immersion and truth, it has to do. And Walk Japan specializes in it.
Several highly accomplished eaters weighed in on which restaurants they find most interesting right now. Maybe one will become the next Noma; maybe not. But for now, they provide a modicum of bragging rights and, most likely, a great amount of joy. Here's where they would send their friends in 2017.
The best travel experiences leave you not just with happy memories but with a new connection to your better self. They change your perspective—that holy grail of vacations, circa 2017: transformative travel.
Five years after a major renovation, the hotel doesn’t rely on shoji, tatami rooms or kimono-clad waitresses to convey the message that Japan is different, more aesthetically attuned, than the rest of the world.
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freelance travel writer
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