Discovering the hidden charms of Hiroshima, Matsuyama, Tokushima and more
I never seem to tire of Japan, no matter how often I step foot into its maze of skyscrapers, shrines and pop cultural hangouts.
This time round, I found myself discovering the Setouchi area in the heart of autumn, where we luxuriated in a poetic dreamscape of fall foliage.
The region consists of a national park, calm inland seas and beautiful islands, in addition to historical buildings and cultural sites.
Escaping the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, we plunged into the quieter gems of the country — exploring the likes of Miyajima, Hiroshima, Imabari and more.
To explore Setouchi like a local, be sure to tick these 14 activities off your checklist:
14. Shop at Dōtonbori, Osaka
The Glico Running Man and Kani Doraku Crab are emblems of the dazzling Dōtonbori shopping district, as much as takoyaki is iconic to Osaka.
Running along the Dōtonbori canal from Dōtonboribashi Bridge to Nipponbashi Bridge in the Namba district, the tourist destination is packed with street food stalls and endless shopping.
We recommend making this your last stop before leaving, as you’re bound to fill your luggage in no time.
Dōtonbori is located around Namba Station.