Japan may be on nearly everyone’s must-visit list, but here are a few locales on the island even the most avid travelers might not know about:
The fourth-largest Japanese island, Shikoku is home to the ancient Shikoku 88 — a must-see for active travelers and religious pilgrimages. The challenging trail is named for the 88 Buddhist temples it connects.
Located on the small edge of sea off Ishikawa Prefecture, The Noto Peninsula offers some of the most ruggedly beautiful scenery in Japan. Picture rock formations lining the wild coastline of this stunning fishing community.
Sacred Mountains at Dewa Sanzan
Over in the Yamagata Prefecture, the sacred mountains of Dewa Sanzan are considered holy in the Japanese Shinto religion. Dewa Sanzan is another religious pilgrimage site with gorgeous mountain peak vistas.
Made up of more than 180 islands, the Oki Islands are a volcanic archipelago in the Sea of Japan. This locale is so primitive, only four of the 16 are inhabited. Known for its wild beauty, this region boasts interesting history and endlessly beautiful views.
Seto Inland Sea
Separating the Honshū, Shikoku and Kyūshū islands, Seto Inland Sea is another mountain-filled landscape you’re going to want to see. Picture white, sandy beaches and turquoise-blue waters.
Considering Philadelphia is the birthplace of the cheesesteak, there’s no better place to try one. There are countless cheesesteak shops around the city. One of the most classic debates among Philadelphians is which place has the best. Here are some of the most popular shops; stop by and see for yourself which is the best one.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
When the weather starts to get warmer after a long, cold winter, everyone wants to spend as much time outside as possible. If you are bored of the normal outdoor places, spice it up and head to a sculpture garden instead.
Wasting hours on an airport layover can feel brutal, especially when all your work is done and all your social media networks exhausted. Instead of idly waiting for the time to pass, take some time to get in a workout and give your energy levels a boost.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Catching a cold or virus in winter is extremely common, but add a long-distance journey in a confined space to your list of risk factors, and your chance of contamination grows even higher. See below for the best ways to defend yourself against germs and ward off illness when traveling by plane during winter.