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Which Japanese cities should I visit? Should I visit Kanazawa and skip Takayama?

We break it down for you to help you decide.

Highly Popular Japanese Cities

Tokyo

The most popular entry point into the country and contains all your modern desires – pop-culture, food, technology, and getting crammed in a train.

Kyoto

The ancient cultural city where you should definitely bring good walking shoes with and a big budget for high-end cuisine and experiences.

Osaka

The nation’s kitchen with authentic foods from across the continent, housed in unique infrastructures, where you’ll definitely need a guide to take you to the best spots. Oh yeah – hit us up.

Naha City/The Islands, Okinawa

Blue water and white beaches – with a vibe similar to South East Asia.

Mid-Popularity Cities to Visit

Yokohama

The cup noodle factory and China Town, also well-known as “That City South of Tokyo”.

Kanazawa

The peak of authenticity if you’re searching for old school or historical Japan, and the most fantastic onsens.

Sapporo

Modern, quaint, snowy place to base yourself if you want to access the best nature in Japan and the best style of ramen, Sapporo Ramen.

Hiroshima

Beautiful architecture, a great market/shopping street, the best okonomiyaki, a famous island, and a chilling history.

Kobe

Beef, beef, beef – along with amazing European-inspired architecture and a history that few know of…The Great Hanshin Earthquake.

Lower-Popularity Cities To Visit in Japan (but still on the popular scale)

Fukuoka

Japan’s startup hub and famous for ramen (competes with Sapporo for the title of best ramen in Japan)

Nagasaki

A chilling history, a colonial entry point, and associated with the “should I visit that random Dutch village?” question.

Takayama

The “I’m only here to access Shirakawago but I found out its got ancient Edo period merchant houses and the beef and sake here is like a dream and I wish I stayed here longer” city.

The Popular Day Trips in Japan

Nikko

So THIS is where the “Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil” monkey thing comes from?

Himeji

That…That’s a castle alright…Really impressive.

Aomori

The cherry blossom viewing here is amazing and THERE ARE SO MANY APPLES

Jigokudani

Jigoku-wha…Oh, the snow monkey place! So cute and boy that onsen was so fancy, it was my favorite.

So, is that it? Did we cover everything, within the scope of regular short-term tourism? What do you think?

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