Japan has been a long-time favourite among tourists, and honestly, we can’t blame them. The gorgeous East Asia country has so much to offer to everyone; from clean streets to flawless transportation system, mouthwatering cuisine, and the Japanese’s exemplary discipline.

While Tokyo and Kyoto are a few of the most sought after spots, there are some rarely spoken of places that are definitely worth exploring in Japan. So we have listed down some of these underrated gems for you to include in your trip to this gorgeous country.

1. Nara

deer park in Nara
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Situated about a 45 min train ride from Osaka (free for JR Pass holders), Nara is definitely a must-visit during your trip to Japan. Famous for its deer park and stunning ancient temples and shrines, a day trip would be more than enough to cover these sites. The deer park is undoubtedly one of our favourites – as it should be. So if you’re looking to spend some time hanging out with these dears 😉 then be sure to head on over. Once you’ve had your fun with the deers, be sure to visit the famous Todai-Ji temple, which is walking distance from the park.

2. Hokkaido

Blue Pond in Hokkaido Japan
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Hokkaido is a rather popular tourist destination, and we can definitely see why. Located in the northernmost part of Japan, Hokkaido makes up about 22% of the entire country.  This stunning city is pretty famous for its large share of untouched greenery, scenic nature, skiing and of course it’s exciting tourist attractions. There are several national parks and lakes scattered around the city, and the famous Blue Pond is located in the outskirt of the Biei town. The magnificent pond offers a different view from season to season, making it all the more unique.

3. Hiroshima

atomic bomb dome in hiroshima japan
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If you’re setting up your base in Osaka, then you most definitely should pay Hiroshima a visit. A majority of the city was destroyed in the atomic bomb during World War II and has since been rebuilt into a modern city. You can take the bullet train from Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima (free of charge for JR Pass holders), which is approximately a 2-hour journey. Once you exit the Hiroshima Station you’ll be able to ride the Sightseeing Loop Bus (free for JR Pass holders), that’ll take you around the famous sites in the city. This includes the Atomic Bomb Dome, Peace Memorial Park, Shukkei-en and the Hiroshima Castle, among others.

4. Osaka

Dotonbori Street in Osaka Japan
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Of course, if you aren’t planning on visiting Osaka, then you should probably consider adding it to your list. We highly recommend you do so because not only is it home to some of the best street foods, shopping streets, and nightlife but also because it is located close to some of the cities stated above. However, since most of the attraction sites in Osaka are pretty far from each other, you could get the day/2-day pass for the Osaka Wonder Loop bus + subway pass from Klook at a discounted rate. The bus takes you around the city, with a total of 14 stops, including the famous Dotonbori street, Osaka Castle, Temmabashi and Namba Parks.

5. Miyajima

Torii Gate in Miyajima japan
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Miyajima is a small island located right in Hiroshima Bay and is less than an hour away from Hiroshima. The island is famous for its Torii Gate, a large orange-coloured gate that is partially submerged during high tides. This great gate signifies the entrance to another famous attraction on the island that is the Itsukushima Shrine. Apart from this, you could also go on a hike or walk in the Virgin Forest of Mount Misen, exploring the lush greenery and enjoying the scenic views that it offers.

6. Kurashiki

Canal in kurashiki
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Located in the Okayama Prefecture, Kurashiki is easily accessible from Kyoto. You can ride the bullet train (shinkansen) from Kyoto to Okayama (1 hour), and take the local train from the latter to Kurashiki (abt 17 mins). Upon arriving at the Kurashiki train station, take the south exit and take a 10-mins walk to the stunning Bikan district. This beautiful place would certainly be a great change from the bustling city of Tokyo. Walk along the canal, while admiring the gorgeously well-preserved buildings that date all the way back to the 18thcentury. Once you’re done enjoying the picturesque views, you can opt to visit the many museums scattered around the city.

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