If you are looking to cross Japan off your bucket list but you are thinking twice because of the tourist crowds and on-peak travel mayhem, then maybe you should consider these parts of Japan!
These are the parts that less tourists visit or even know about, but guess what?
They are just as amazing & fascinating as the most popular tourist cities!
Okinawa is one of the most underrated destinations in Japan. You would wonder how and why? Okinawa has awesome weather, amazing people and staggering beaches! Another unique thing about this part of Japan is its rich and captivating history.
The traditional Japanese Ryukyu culture resides in Okinawa and they have maintained their traditions over the years and because of that, you can now experience Ryukyu food, music, entertainment and architecture right in Okinawa! You will surely love this destination. Consider it a less touristy, easy-going version of Japan. To get away more, take a day trip to one of the several islands in the area. KANGA recommends Yaeyama Islands!
This is located in the northernmost Island in Japan and is for all nature lovers out there. Hokkaido is home to relaxing hot springs, beautiful lakes, national parks, bright and dazzling flowers. If you are up for a unique adventure, Hokkaido is home to the leading powder skiing and snowboarding resorts out there! Visit Niseko Resort and you wouldn't want to catch your flight back home!
Apart from being a nature lovers haven in Japan, Hokkaido is also a foodie destination! Get the best seafood and Japanese local specialities.
Hokkaido is perfect for a winter break with the awesome Sapporo Snow Festival. Summer is also an awesome time to visit with the Furano Lavender Flower Fields in full effect, natural parks, immaculate lakes, adventure sports and wildlife.
This is one of the 4 main islands in Japan and is a cosmopolitan city.
Kyushu is filled with great food, friendly people and great public transport, so it is easy to move around this fabulous destination. While you are at Kyushu, try the Ramen at the famed Yatai street stalls.
Visit Beppu, Japans most popular Onsen (hot spring) town.
Take a trip to Mt. Aso Volcano via Takachiho and enjoy boat rides through the majestic gorge. Learn more about it here
To see more of Kyushu's natural wonders, head to Yakushima remote island which features a UNESCO World Heritage ancient forest, see turtles, enjoy hiking, visit the ancient forests and numerous hot springs.
Shikoku is another main island in Japan and is surprisingly Japans least explored gems! Shikoku's beautiful natural sights and rural villges make it a KANGA fave! It is home to Iya Valley and the gorgeous art island Naoshima- a popular creative scene were you can find Yayoi Kusama's iconic "Pumpkin Sculpture."
Try the famous Udon noodles while here and look out for the exuberant Awa Odori dancing festival held annually in August.
Get to explore the unique art museums, galleries, rafting and hiking activities, see the beautiful waterfalls and hot springs.
Osaka is pretty much Japans second city. It is a lovely and dynamic area with friendly people and a food and drink culture that attracts many culinary travellers!
The food and drink culture is huge in Osaka with a popular local expression; "Kuidaore " meaning "to ruin onself by extravagance in food."
There are several michellin starred restaurants, haute cuisine and street food stalls. The most famous street food in Osaka is Takoyaki. These are bite sized balls filled with Octupus and other yummy goodness.
Once you have munched on enough food, head on down to Osaka Castle Park and the larest and grandest aquarium in the world- Osaka Aquarium.