2. Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan

Tokyo is not the sole destination for travelers for Japan. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, there is one place that comes to mind: the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, Kanazawa. This area is set within the mountains, meaning that throughout the year, the air is cooler than some more southern cities. Spring and autumn paint Kanazawa in a scintillating palette that heightens the already romantic atmosphere.

There are traditional gardens to visit, hiking, natural hot springs (onsen), couple-only Japanese ryokan (traditional hotels), hundreds of excursions to choose from, like learning how to make Japanese-style arts and crafts or exploring historical locations like Higashi Chayamachi and Kanazawa Castle Park, and delicious Japanese cuisine to eat.

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