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.
Snooker is a cue sport similar to pool first developed in the latter half of the 19th century by British Army soldiers. Players use a cue and white ball to pocket a set of red and green balls into separate corners in a specific order. Its popularity has grown immensely, leading to an annual World Snooker Championship each year.
You’ve booked your flights, you’ve found your hotel, you’ve spent the last six months dreaming about your trip. One problem? You don’t know what to do once you get there. If only there was an app that acted as your own personal tour guide, that led you to the city’s top sights and hidden gems, helping you make remarkable discoveries …
Couchsurfing is when a person travels and stays with other people for free in their spare rooms or on their couches while visiting a country. Couchsurfing is a social network and an app that connects people worldwide who are either looking for a place to stay or are offering a home away from home.
Each year, April 8 is Zoo Lovers Day! Zoos have existed for more than 1,000 years in one form or another. They’re often the only way for people to experience our world’s incredible wildlife firsthand. So, where and how should you celebrate it?
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
With about a dozen countries to choose from when deciding where to go for an African safari, Kenya is one of the more popular choices. Its proximity to quite a few natural reserves as well as Lake Victoria make it a good central point from which to start a safari adventure. Regardless of when you decide to embark on your safari, consider packing the following items to prepare yourself for a week (or more) in the African wilderness.