Each year, GaijinPot Travel compiles a list of Japan’s best destinations for the upcoming year based on current Japan travel trends and what local governments, business owners, and communities are doing to attract visitors. The 2020 list included wild river rapids, elegant train rides, and more cup ramen than you can ever imagine, but it was sacred Wakayama that won tourists’ hearts.
Due to COVID-19, people have been cooped up for far too long. Thus, 2021 destinations are for anyone looking for an escape. Quiet towns, secluded woods, mammoth lakes, and lonely mountain tops, whether you want to seek out rural Japan or discover the ultimate social distancing location, these spots are some of the very best you can find.
We’ve put together a list of 15 nominees, but ultimately there can be only 10. We’re leaving that part up to you! Cast your vote below using the arrows (you can upvote all 10 places that you’d like to see on the list) to help us whittle it down.
We’ll publish the final list in December. Keep an eye on this space!