Japan is on the top of millions of people’s dream vacation places to visit due to its diverse culture, futuristic ideals, and amazing food. While Tokyo is easily one of the most visited places in Japan, there are many other places around Japan that are worth spending the time to see.
Luckily, Japan is so well connected due to the Chuo Shinkansen construction and the high-speed train system, making it easier to see more in even just a weekend visit. So instead of going and staying only in Tokyo, here are some undiscovered places to visit in Japan.
– Tottori Sand Dunes
Most people are surprised to discover that there is actually a desert in Japan. Though the Tottori Sand Dunes are not connected to Osaka by a bullet train quite yet, it is well worth taking the time to visit! The dune runs along the coastline for 10 miles, located within the Sanin Kaigan National Park. While you’re here, you can reach incredible panoramic views with a quick peak climb, visit the San Museum, and even see camels.
Hakodate is a destination to add to your list if you want to take in some incredible nature. It is best known for Mount Hakodate and as a harbor city, it hosts an influence from overseas as well as incredible seafood. While you’re here, climb up Mount Hakodate for views out over the city and Onuma Park to spend some peaceful time in nature.
Miyazaki is where to go if you want to visit incredible beaches and spend some time by the water while in Japan. It’s located on the islands at the very south of Japan and noted for its hilly terrain and beautiful nature views. While you’re here, visit Aoshima Island to see the Famous Devils Washobard and Aoshima Temple, and you can walk through the island’s Aoshima Shrine for an incredible cultural experience as well.
– Shizouka City
Shizouka City is located between Tokyo and Kyoto and is well connected. You have incredible views of Mount Fuji from here, you can visit the Nihondaira Park and Observatory here for incredible views and blossom-lined paths, and spend some time at the beaches. This location is not one of the most popular sites in Japan so you won’t run into quite as many tourists here and can really get a feel for the local culture.
These destinations really aren’t generally too crowded, especially nowadays with the pandemic. But whether you can visit soon or down the road, you can always start planning now. With so much to see and do in Japan, it is worth planning ahead so you can see all you want to see in Japan and enjoy it to the most.
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