Onomichi is an old-timey port with a tranquil vibe. Set in eastern Hiroshima Prefecture, it’s distinguished by sloped lanes, traditional houses, and heritage sites. A designated walking route, called “Temple Walk,” gives visitors the opportunity to soak in all the nostalgia while trekking up and down the narrow corridors. Prefer not to hoof it? A ropeway runs to the hilltop Senkō-ji Park, prized for its 9th-century Buddhist temple and stunning views. Nipponophiles won’t want to miss these hidden gems you can only see in Japan.
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What if we told you there’s an underground cave that’s larger than Grotta Azzurra off the coast of a low-key Grecian islet? Kastellorizo has many things to be proud of—magnificent views, Mediterranean ambiance, and film credentials to name a few—although its most celebrated attraction is without a doubt the breathtaking Blue Cave. So, how has it managed to stay a secret? Santorini and Mykonos sort of hog the spotlight. These idyllic isles are certainly worthy of praise, but with that said, Kastellorizo is too. No wonder it made our list of European islands you never thought to visit—but totally should.