What is travel if not the opportunity to see where and how other people live? Well, we know not all would subscribe to that—after all, we often holiday to escape quite enough living of our own, and the more hermetically sealed our luxury resort from the dirt and poverty and awkward questions outside, the better. Still, for the more adventurous and curious amongst us, learning about traditional cultures while on holiday, or on a dedicated trip, can be the experience of a lifetime. It’s a cliche to say that they can teach us a whole lot about ourselves—but no less true for that—and the perspective on life that they help introduce us to can have life-changing consequences. While most travellers skim the surface when examining the history and architecture of a place, the experiences in this category seek out cultural differences in communities where traditional cultures are most prevalent. There are a number of great travel companies that can introduce you to traditional cultures in a sensitive way, in more, or less, comfort. We are collecting the best of them to recommend to you.
Gion is the most famous of Kyoto’s geisha districts, the narrow roads between bamboo fronted teahouses (ochaya), restaurants and traditional residences (machiya) dating from the late Edo period (circa 1800) have been wel..