Travel is probably the best way to experience life in every sense of the word. Plus, it also helps you get out of your comfort zone and do things that you have never tried before. One of the most popular travel destinations in the world in 2019 would be Japan.
Talking about Japan, it arguably has the most diverse culture – Not to mention the climate – in the world. It even has the most diverse economy in the world market. However, Japan has a lot more to offer than its rich culture. In fact, there are a lot of things that makes Japan stand out as a travel destination.
Below you will find the best travel destinations in Japan for 2019 and what makes them special:
Western Shizuoka Prefecture
Western Shizuoka is just one of the places where you can see Instagram-worthy sceneries. The prefecture is laden with crystal-blue onsen waters and beaches. You can also see the Kakegawa Castle and Tenryu River here.
In case you don’t know yet, Shizuoka is also famous for its abundant production of green tea, which is unsurprising because it is surrounded by vast fields of green tea. You can choose to sit back, relax, and take a sip of matcha green tea while you enjoy the breathtaking view of the Izu Peninsula and Mount Fuji.
Another interesting fun fact about the Western Shizuoka Prefecture is that the 2019 Rugby World Cup games will be held in the nearby city of Fukuroi. If that doesn’t pique your interest, then maybe the summer festivals – the Fukuroi seaside fireworks display, for example – and the infamous penis festival would get your attention.
The best time to go to Western Shizuoka is from June to August. Although it will be a bit hot in the afternoon, you will surely enjoy the lively atmosphere in the evening because of the on-going festivals.
Boso Peninsula, Chiba Prefecture
Another travel destination in Japan that offers Instagram-worthy sceneries is the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture. Some people would even consider it as a dream destination for its ample secret beaches and caves.
What makes Chiba an interesting place to visit is the large stone Buddha in Japan, which is carved in the mountain at Nokogiriyama. It is considered to be the largest one in Japan. You can also score some super fresh seafood and sushi while you’re there. Plus, the first Olympic surfing competition will be held at Ichinomiya Beach during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
If that doesn’t get you excited, maybe you’ll be interested in surfing at Ichinomiya Beach or Onjuku Beach. Moreover, there is a traditional festival held every September called “Ohara Naked Man Festival,” which features half-dressed men carrying moveable shrines through the town.
The best time to go to Boso Peninsula in Chiba is during spring or fall, mostly because of the stellar views for interested hikers and the beautiful scenery at Kameiwa Cave during spring and fall.
The Tottori Prefecture is another buzz-worthy destination in Japan. In 2019, it has finally been noted as an adventure destination, which it completely deserves if you ask me. There are a number of travel agencies that feature a lot of interesting activities for tourists like the Tottori Sand Dunes, which is perfect during early November.
Last year, in 2018, Tottori has been featured in an American talk show. The show presented the Manga-themed Conan Town, which is actually located in the small coastal town in Tottori called Hokuei. However, there are still more things that Tottori is famous for. The prefecture also offers a strong local cuisine and culture in addition to its outstanding nature.
If you love adventure, you can try scaling boulders in Nageire-do, which is said to be Japan’s most dangerous national treasure. You can also try paragliding, kayaking, and sand boarding. If you’re into anime and manga, then you will surely enjoy the Tottori Manga Kingdom and the Kurayoshi Figure Museum.
With all these amazing things that Tottori Prefecture offers to anyone who is interested to visit, it isn’t surprising that adventure-loving and anime-loving crowds are noticing this spectacular travel destination.