Miyazu City’s Best 3 Attractions other than Amanohashidate

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Miyazu, a city in northern Kyoto Prefecture is best known for one of the Three Views of Japan (日本三景, Nihon Sankei) – Amanohashidate. The 3.6 km long sandbar with the surrounding nature is one of the celebrated scenic sites in Japan that most Japanese would love to visit at least once in their life. But when one attraction being so famous, other spots that have their special charm nearby can be easily overlooked.

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Kannabe Kōgen – The Crater and Other Astonishing Landscapes

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If you are visiting Kansai and are looking for a resort area, consider Kannabe Kōgen in Hyōgo Prefecture’s Toyooka City! It is a plateau located in the outer ring of Mt. Kanabe (神鍋山) and is known as one of the leading ski resorts in Kansai. When the breath of spring releases the Kannabe Kōgen from the long cold winter, it is a perfect place for outdoor recreation activities.

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Kurama & Kibune – The Hidden Gems in the Mountain of Kyoto

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If you ever wonder whether there is a spot that is naturally cool in Kyoto, then read on! Mt. Kurama and Kibune located at the northernmost part of Kyoto are where the locals head to when they want to escape the summer heat. Having the Kawadoko (川床) dining at Kibune on the platform built above the river after wandering around the area is the best way to spend a summer day in Kyoto!

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Kinosaki Onsen and the Stunning Michelin Certified Scenery

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Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉) at northern Hyōgo Prefecture has become more and more popular among tourists across Japan and around the world. And it won’t be hard to understand the reason at all once you have seen the Michelin two-star rated scenery from Mt. Daishi (大師山) and other historical and cultural charms of the hot spring resort that has prospered for more than 1,300 years!

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Naoshima Island – The Paradise for Contemporary Art Lovers

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The Seto Inland Sea (瀬戸内海) is famous for its magnificent scenery. But another reason that it is so well-known to the world is because of the Setouchi Triennale, also known as the Setouchi International Art Festival. This contemporary art festival is held every three years across the islands in the Seto Inland Sea. Even after the festival, many of the artworks are permanently displayed on the islands for those that couldn’t join the event to admire!

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Mt. Ōjigatake and the Weird Smiley Rock at the Summit

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Mt. Ōjigatake is a mountain with various oddly shaped rocks on the border between the two cities – Tamano (玉野) and Kurashiki (倉敷) in Okayama prefecture. The view of the Seto Inland Sea along the hiking trail and from the summit is what makes the mountain a popular spot among the locals. This is especially the case when a thousand or so cherry blossoms colours one part of the mountain with its light pink petals from mid-March to early April (*´ω`).

It is also one of the best paragliding sites in Japan. When the weather is good, you will see paragliders taking off towards the magnificent Seto Inland Sea!

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Sōja City And The Scenic Hidden Gems That Many Don’t Know

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If you are after some hidden gems in the Chūgoku area, then come to Sōja City (総社市) in Okayama Prefecture the beautiful nature spots that the non-locals might not be aware of. Apart from the scenic places, you will also find a castle that used to house demons. And at the other side of the city, there is this shrine that has the most unique wooden plaques in Japan!

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Your Ultimate Okayama City Travel Guide

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Many people know about Okayama because of the famous black Okayama Castle and the garden Kōrakuen that was chosen to be one of the Three Great Gardens in Japan. But the city is more than just these two top destinations. There is a shrine where you can hear a god’s answer in a boiling pot, a museum full of waving cats made of various materials, the temple where the Naked Festival takes place in February each year, and much more!

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Kitano Ijinkan-gai and the Most Interesting Old Houses You Will Ever Find

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If sightseeing is what you’re after in Kobe, stopping by the Kitano Ijinkan-Gai (北野異人館街) is a must – even if you come from the European countries that these houses feature. The old houses that are open to the public have all been renovated into museums with different themes. From the ones where you get to peek into the lifestyles of those European aristocrats two centuries ago to the ones where you pose for hilarious photos, it is a spot in Kobe that you will have so much fun at!

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Tamano – An Artistic Port City Filled with Stunning Nature

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Tamano city (玉野市) in Okayama prefecture is a great place to visit for outdoor activity enthusiasts as well as any art connoisseurs. From the gigantic “smiley rock” at the top of the mountain to the large fish sculpture made of items washed ashore, the artistic spirits of the Tamano citizens can be observed throughout the city! Bouldering and paragliding activities are available at the summit of one of the mountains. The same summit also acts as an idyllic lookout towards the renowned sunsets over the Seto Inland Sea (=゚ω゚)ノ.

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