Gaijin Pot predicts that these 10 places are the best destinations to visit in Japan next year.
I must say that it is a very interesting list! One thing for sure, it highlights non-typical destinations associated with the country. For example, they include the Disney Sea Park, instead of the other popular one.
I am sort of glad to see that Kyoto is out as well, but the similarly charming town of Kanazawa is in instead. I’ve been there in 2015, and truly enjoyed my short stay there. While visitors are coming in bus and shinkansen-loads, it’s still relatively an obscure spot. Not to mention, the seafood is so delicious!
Meanwhile, Kumano on the Kii Peninsula and Dasetsuzan in Hokkaido are two places that I myself would like to visit and go on a hike at. The Kumano-Kodo trail is a pilgrimage route through forested area used by pilgrims for thousands of years, while Daisetsuzan National Park is home to several active volcanoes, which I just managed to see from afar (Biei) last summer. Both obviously offer different hiking experiences.
Sapporo was where I went to this year, and I love it so much! If you’ve been to the main island, then you would enjoy how different Hokkaido is. I’m not sure whether it’s the climate or the water (or the milk), but Hokkaido people is more laidback (while not compromising on the infamous Japanese efficiency).
I can’t really talk much about others, as they don’t appeal to me just yet. I sort of have a list (which gets longer every year) of where I wanted to travel in Japan next, so unless I find something that change my mind, Gunma, Okinawa, Miyagi and others have to wait.
How about you – where would you go to Japan in 2017?