Important Question

Actually, two important questions. Full disclosure: this doesn’t have anything to do with a blogging project (although I may blog about it at some point way in the future), but I figure if anyone would want to try and answer this, it’d be you awesome readers.

So, first question: When I say Kyoto, you say _____? I’m ideally looking for one-word cultural answers – stereotypes, if you will, about Kyoto, whether or not these things are actually accurate. For example, “shrines,” “temples,” “geisha,” etc.

And the second question, whether you’ve visited these places personally or simply heard about them before and are dying to visit yourself someday, is this: Not including the ‘golden route’ of really major sight-seeing cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima, what are some of the most underrated places you know of in Japan? I’m not looking for cities or towns here so much as specific tourism spots – places that are just a bit more off the beaten path.

Thank you in advance for any thoughts you may have! I look forward to reading them. ❤