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GO TO GOTO Goto means five islands in Japanese, but this archipelago is actually made up of more than 150. For centuries it was home to Japan's "hidden Christians," who practiced their faith despite an imperial ban. Today, Christianity is still practiced, and freely. Local villagers concentrate on farming and fishing, but tourism is growing. Take the four-hour ferry ride from Ohata terminal in Nagasaki to sample sandy beaches, scuba diving, hot springs and golf courses.

A BATH AND TO BED An overnight homestay is a popular way to experience modern Japanese culture. Sleep in a tatami room on a futon....

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