What are the best cities to visit in Japan besides Tokyo and Kyoto?
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Onomichi has lots of locals living in it, but it's definitely a popular place for Japanese locals to visit. From that perspective, it's still interesting for a foreigner, but has some of the same drawbacks as the standard touristy cities. See More
Since Kanazawa is a popular destination for Japanese people, and foreigners tend to go to Kyoto, many of the attractions in Kanazawa are less language-friendly to English-speakers. That being side, most signs are in English, and many of the main attractions still offer pamphlets and directions in English. See More
Miyajima is a popular day-trip location from tourists in Hiroshima, so there's quite a few people walking around town during the day. However, the last boat back to Hiroshima leaves prior to sunset, so watching the famous tori gate during the sunset will be far less crowded. See More
When the Polish first came to Japan through Nagasaki's ports, they brought with them their egg-based sponge cakes. 400 years later, Nagasaki has really refined their recipes, and this cake is one of the favorite desserts of Japan. Some of the historical shops still operate their flagships in Nagasaki, where the cake is exquisite and service and impeccable (change is doled out in completely new bills with consecutive numerical codes). See More