Top Culture Trips to See the World's Coolest Cities and Towns

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Nick Dauk

Senior Travel Writer

Uncover the best bars, restaurants and cultural happenings on these insider-led small-group trips through your favourite cities.

What makes a city cool? Is it the food scene and reliable watering holes? The hip vibes or the steady stream of new openings that even keeps the locals on their toes? We think it’s all of the above, and then some. From the buzzy markets of Mexico City to the trend-setting restaurants of Tokyo, these top Culture Trip adventures will show you the world’s coolest cities and towns, with Local Insiders as your guide.

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Neon signs, Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, Asia

Japan by Train: The Grand Tour

Japan’s contrasts are writ large between its densely populated, neon-lit cities and the peaceful beauty of the country’s rural areas, where you can spot wildlife, visit bamboo forests and tick off ancient temples. Want to experience both sides? Culture Trip’s 12-day Rail Trip starts in the large port city of Osaka and finishes in Tokyo. Along the way, you’ll stay in traditional ryokan inns with on-site onsen (hot springs), marvel at Mount Fuji from Lake Ashi and visit the Fushimi Inari shrine.

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Mandi Keighran and Gethin Morgan contributed additional reporting to this article.

Culture Trips launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes places and communities so special.

Our immersive trips, led by Local Insiders, are once-in-a-lifetime experiences and an invitation to travel the world with like-minded explorers. Our Travel Experts are on hand to help you make perfect memories. All our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.?>

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