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Nara, Japan

Buddha's Nostril

Devoted Buddhists can earn enlightenment in the next life by crawling through this symbolic nostril.
Shirakawa-mura, Japan

Shirakawa-go

This isolated Japanese mountain village untouched by time showcases unique and stunning traditional architecture.
Hiroshima, Japan

A-bomb Memorial

Peace Park and the A-bomb dome.
Tokyo, Japan

Akihabara Electric Town

Once a black market electronics marketplace, now an otaku shopper's paradise.
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima's Hypocenter

A plaque marks the site directly below the mid-air detonation of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima.
Hatsukaichi, Japan

Itsukushima Shrine

Japanese national treasure originally built in 593 CE.
Kyoto, Japan

Nishiki Market

This 700-year-old street food market features baby octopus and soy donuts.
Solvang, California

OstrichLand USA

Get up close to emus and ostriches, or buy their tasty meat.
Agoura Hills, California

M*A*S*H Filming Location

The show's fictional Korean medical camp was created in the Santa Monica hills.
Inyo County, California

Manzanar National Historic Site

The tragedy of the Japanese internment camps is remembered here by a stark "Soul Consoling Tower."
Los Angeles, California

Elliott Smith's Tribute Wall

Pay your respects to a folk-punk legend.
Culver City, California

Center for Land Use Interpretation

A museum, art project, and institution that demands we look at the world around us in a strange new way.
Fremont, California

Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

This quaint archive of the silent era preserves and pays homage to a seminal moment in film history.
San Francisco, California

Treasure Island

A man-made island in scenic San Francisco Bay.
San Juan Capistrano, California

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Oldest building in California still in use.
San Francisco, California

Dangling Legs at the Piedmont Boutique

The giant pair of sexy legs sticking out the window of this costume store have become its main draw.
Berkeley, California

Urban Ore

An vast warehouse of everyday treasures in Berkeley, CA.
San Francisco, California

Balmy Alley Murals

Stunning street art as political theater for the masses.
Berkeley, California

Moe's Books

A shape-shifting buy-sell-trade bookstore, born to Beatnik Era spirit.
Bombay Beach, California

Bombay Beach

Version of the French Riviera destroyed by the sea.
San Francisco, California

Beat Museum

A collection of memorabilia from the Beat era in the back of a San Francisco bookstore.
Los Angeles, California

Urban Light

Scores of vintage street lamps shine along L.A.’s Miracle Mile.
Glendale, California

Forest Lawn Cemetery

An extraordinary final resting place full of oversized art, amazing statues, and dead celebrities.
San Francisco, California

San Francisco Botanical Gardens

Golden Gate Park's historic botanical collection.