Japan’s food halls: the perfect place to pick up presents and picnics

Japanese department stores are places of wonder, where staff greet customers with low bows and the basements are temples to elaborately packaged delights

National Geographic travel photographer of the year 2017 winners – in pictures

After much deliberation, the judges have announced the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year winners. The selection of winning images explores the diversity of the world through its geography and its inhabitants

Take the kids to … Kynren, County Durham

A cast of 1,500 reenacts 2,000 years of history in just 90 minutes in a show of Olympic-opening-ceremony proportions dubbed ‘an epic tale of England’

10 of the best views, festivals and events for the US total solar eclipse

Planning a trip in search of totality on 21 August in the US? Our guide provides advice on vantage points and events along the Oregon-to-South Carolina viewing corridor, plus tips on places to stay