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Tranquil Vacation Spots in Southwest Japan

| Kansai , Shikoku

There's no question that Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima are must-see cities when visiting Japan. But if you want to get off the beaten path, here are five destinations in southwestern Japan to keep in mind when planning your next vacation, courtesy of Trip101.

In the morning: visit the Naoshima Art Island

Having evolved from a sleepy fishing village into a modern-day museum, the entire island of Naoshima is filled with art installations - some disguised as public baths, playgrounds, and flourishing gardens. Works by big-name artists such as Claude Monet and Yukinori Yanagi grace the grounds of this tranquil little island, making it the perfect getaway for art lovers.

In the afternoon: climb up to see the beautiful scenery at Innoshima Island

Though Innoshima may be small, it is home to a majestic mountain rich in history - the Shirataki Mountain. Said to be the base of the Inland Murakami pirates who used to terrorise the high seas, you can take a short hike up and see if you can find any traces left behind by the notorious pirates!

At night: night cycling at Shimanami cycling road

One day is simply not enough to soak up the sights in the Setouchi area, so if you really must, then go for a night cycle by the Shimanami Kaido bike route. Spanning across 60 kilometres (38 miles), plenty of old shrines and lighthouses lay in wait hidden behind unassuming shrubbery. With a total of 14 cycle rental terminals, you can rent a bike easily and rest if you ever get tired.

To see more incredible vacation spots, read the full article at Trip101 via the link below!

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