Kyushu island, Japan: shrines and shugendo on the Kunisaki peninsula

A walking holiday on the Japanese island takes in rice-covered valleys, forests of cedar and bamboo, and the spirit of shugendo – though fortunately not its testing rituals

Best photos of the day: cat show and candlelight protest

A selection of photo highlights from around the world, including Las Fallas in Valencia, Somalia famine and retired circus bears

It’s blooming spring! 22 great UK walks

Shake off the winter blues and enjoy longer, warmer days on one of these great country walks – all with pub stops – chosen by top British nature writers

The best Jewish restaurants in Berlin

Nosh Berlin, which started on 19 March, is the city’s first Jewish food week, with dishes and events from Jewish communities worldwide. Its founders share their top eats in the city

A Bangkok scented candle would smell of incense, grilled pork and tuk-tuk fumes’

Author Kay Plunkett-Hogge still gets a thrill from exploring the intoxicating, buzzing neighbourhoods in the city of her birth