5 Undiscovered Vacation Spots In Western Japan

Bounded by the same national identity, these enchanting gems shed a different on Japan

I personally really love Japan. So much so, it has been five times since I have visited the country and lived to tell the tale here and here.

One may assume I'm talking about the more familiar tourist-y places of Tokyo, Kyoto and Hokkaido, but instead, I found myself gravitating to the lesser-known-and-treaded gems in the Western part of Japan.  Breathtaking, enthralling and brimming with a myriad of fun activities, here are five vacation spots in Westen Japan for an alternative experience of the Land of the Rising Sun.

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5. Kurashiki 

Visit: The main town 

Okayama’s Kurashiki is a charming town where a small river weaves through its center. With willow trees line up along the natural water feature, a boat ride is the best way to explore the Kurashiki, roughly translated to mean a town of shophouses. The name is fitting as the town is made up of little shophouses, built during in the Edo periods, that double up as food and beverage outlets, art showrooms, grocery stores, and fashion boutiques.

The bustling town mellows down in the evening, when the sun sets – a time when many retire to a restaurant for a drink and heart conversations.

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