Most Amazing Japan Travel Destinations For This Year

People around the world are trying to find out the best destinations and also experience some new things.

Today, we talk about Japan as a destination. Thanks to budget options and increased infrastructure the race is on to discover the unknown beyond the popular. Most travelers want to get off the beaten path, but are routinely stopped by the anxiety of language barriers, getting lost, or the usual unknowns that mindful travelers must respect.

10. Yamagata Prefecture

Snow Mountain

The City became a UNESCO Creative City this year, thanks to its internationally acclaimed documentary film festival. The surrounding prefecture’s rugged natural beauty draws film production crews in droves, so you might recognize some sights from the silver screen.

9. Noto Peninsula

Mitsukejima Island.

Some of the most stunning rural areas are hard to access by train or bus. Tourists don’t often think of renting a car in Japan, but it’s worth it to explore places like the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture, dotted with fishing villages and chiseled by the roughness of the sea.

8. Daito Islands

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There so many things to see here. But Okinawa’s pristine beaches need no introduction, but the new year will bring even more visitors thanks to the region’s official “Add On Okinawa” campaign. The prefecture is actually made up of 160 islands, so don’t limit yourself to the favored few. Go off the grid at the remote Daito Islands archipelago.

7. Kanagawa Prefecture

The year 2018 is the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, so visit the origin site of Japan’s modernization. History comes alive in Kanagawa, whether you’re witnessing Japan’s opening to the world in cosmopolitan Yokohama (Japan’s second-largest city); piecing together the samurai clan alliances of the Kamakura shogunate in once dominant Kamakuracity; or seeking rejuvenation in the centuries-old hot springs of Hakone.

6. Shimanami Kaido

Ikuchi Bridge in Seto Inland Sea.

Japan’s beautiful landscapes start to blur together from the window of a high-speed train. One of the travel trends we’ll see in 2018 is immersive travel adventures — think hiking, biking and rafting — that give you control over your journey.

Take a bicycle ride across the Shimanami Kaido, a series of bridges connecting the islands of Honshu and Shikoku, to experience the beauty of the Seto Inland Sea with all your senses. Don’t be intimidated; the 70 KM bike route is separate from the highway and features gentle inclines, making it great for beginners.

5. Noboribetsu

Oyunuma Lake.

I like this city very much. I’ve heard a lot about it. A smelly, bubbling sulfuric pit is perhaps not what you’d expect to find on National Geographic’s list of the top natural wonders in Asia, but that’s just what Noboribetsu’s Hell Valley is. It supplies the precious hot spring waters here, long believed to have healing powers.

4. Osaka City

Umeda Sky Building in Osaka, Japan

This city is Japan’s third-largest city and is hardly a secret, but this megalopolis is worth more than a short stopover on your way to Kyoto. Osaka is seeing a huge boom in tourism, thanks in part to its laidback and rambunctious atmosphere. This is the No. 1 place to gorge on what the 2018 Waitrose Food and Drink Report labels “dude food” — the unpretentious, local pub fare that’s gaining popularity over fine dining.

3. Yakushima

Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen

Yakushima! this is a small island in southern Japan. It was one of the first places in Japan to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the designation with a trip to the mysterious island paradise that inspired Mononoke Hime , a Studio Ghibli film about a disastrous war between humans and the natural world.

A forest walkway that goes under a large cedar tree.

2. Beppu City

The Sea Hell, one of the eight hells (Jigoku), a multi-colored volcanic pool of boiling water in Kannawa district in Beppu.

This onsen resort town in Oita Prefecture is set to host the first World Onsen Summit from May 25 to 27, where representatives from around the world will discuss global hot spring development. But Japan is still the best country for hot spring lovers, and Beppu proves it.

1. Niigata Prefecture

Rice terraces of Niigata.

Shrouded in mountains at the heart of snow country, underrated Niigata Prefecture is ready to shine in 2018. Every three years, the region transforms into an otherworldly open-air gallery for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. The art festival, which sees site-specific installations integrated into the local environment in surprising ways, challenges our understanding of the relationship between humans and the earth.

Winter season in Yuzawa.

This year welcomed the inaugural SnowArt, a festival that’s exactly what it sounds like. The snow sculptures might inspire you to make your own art as you glide down the slopes of one of the prefecture’s 55 ski resorts.

Ohno turtle kibanakanzou.

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再構築是我大地藝術祭最喜歡的作品之一,今天是它跟大家說掰掰的日子。さよなら、再構築 – 第一次造訪再構築是在2015年的本會期,當時在數面鏡子裡看到自己以及周圍的風景,這件作品也透過反射,像是隱身在這小小的空地裡。 – 聽到這件作品即將撤離,心中有很多不捨。撤離原因據內部表示,藝術家已認為這件作品已不復在,因為再構築附近的樹林夷成平地,破壞了鑑賞的的空間環境,眾多的鏡子再以不能映照出理想的風景。 – 在今年夏季展期正式開始時,再訪這件作品時,除了深深感受到空間改變帶給地景藝術的強烈破壞,也感受到戶外地景藝術作品維持的不易。當時房子外觀的鏡子有些許剝落,屋內的鏡子也沾滿了灰塵,震撼感就像是看到初戀情人瞬間衰老的感覺。要讓它重新登場的工夫也不簡單,曾參與再構築修復作業的志工也表示,房內小鏡子上的灰塵,是要穿木屐在縫隙間如履薄冰般的走動,才有辦法讓他完整再現。 – 地景藝術是要跟地景、環境結合,不論是從藝術看見地景,或是將藝術融進地景裡。雖然不捨,但肯定藝術家的堅持。 – 謝謝再構築。 #artfestival #landart #sitespecificart #echigotsumari #echigotsumariarttriennale #芸術祭 #大地の芸術祭 #ランドアート #再構築 #行武治美 #harumiyukutake #tokamachi #十日町 #新潟 #地景藝術 #大地藝術 #藝術祭

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