Underrated Japanese Prefectures You Should Totally Visit | Clozette


Travelling to Japan soon? While Tokyo and Osaka can be fun to stay in, why not skip the usual destinations and explore more of the country? Despite being a relatively small state, there are 47 prefectures in Japan, each with their own unique charm. Because of that, there are tons of unique cultural treasures you can discover. If you’re not sure which to check out first, then read on to find out which underrated Japanese prefectures are worth visiting.

 


Okinawa


A white-sand beach in Okinawa, one of the 47 Japanese prefectures


If you’re a sea-lover, then you should add Okinawa to your travel bucket list. Experience Japan differently by enjoying the comfortable tropical climate that you won’t find in other Japanese prefectures. There’s a lot to see in this region comprised of over 110 islands. The colourful coral reefs, the vast blue sea, and the clear skies are only a few of the mesmerising views you’ll witness in Okinawa. Here, you can immerse yourself in the coexisting cultures of the Ryukyuan people and some immigrants.


Ishikawa


A Japanese garden seen from the outside


Located near the centre of Japan, Ishikawa boasts of the balance of culture and nature in the prefecture. If you want to travel in the olden times of Japan, this is the place to go. From the great castle town of Kanazawa to old agricultural landscapes of Noto, Japan’s cultural past is here. The prefecture is home to various landscapes, with each of their views varying as the season changes. So prepare to be awe-struck each time you visit Ishikawa.

 

Kagawa


A tower with a windmill in Kagawa, one of the many Japanese prefectures


Although it is the smallest out of all the Japanese Prefectures, Kagawa is just as big in culture as the others. Art and architecture are integral parts of life in the prefecture. See the best of traditional Japanese art through the architecture of the shrines and temples scattered about the area. Aside from that, in the island town of Naoshima, you’ll find the best of Japanese contemporary art. If you're a creative soul looking for a serene and inspiring trip, then it’s the best place to be.



Hiroshima


A red torii gate standing in the middle of the sea


There are tons of unforgettable experiences waiting for you in Hiroshima, no matter what season you visit. Understanding Hiroshima’s past is key to appreciating its beauty. After paying a visit to the museum in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a trip to Edo-period towns around the prefecture is a must. If you’re searching for picturesque locations, there are shrines and temples in Hiroshima that have stood since medieval times.

 


Shimane


An old Japanese castle


Shimane is a gateway to Japan's mythical past. Called the “Land of the Gods”, the Prefecture is said to be where the gods of Japanese mythology gathered. Even up until this day, folklore and legends are closely connected to various places in Shimane. Because of that, make sure to explore the castle towns and shrines, as well as the unique tunnels at the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine. To top your trip off, get a breath-taking view of the scenic beauty of Shimane’s Oki islands.

 



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FAVE 5: Bikini Babes - Pink two-piece

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As tropical-dwelling gals, we all know how frustrating the fickle weather can be. A sunny afternoon can turn into a rainy one in just a matter of hours. And when it comes to putting together an outfit for the day, this can be a challenge, especially when choosing footwear. You want something that's cool enough for the sweltering heat but still durable to withstand rain. To help you find the perfect pair, here's a list of the best shoe styles for unpredictable weather.


Boat shoes


Timberland Tidelands Boat Shoes in Navy Nubuck

Timberland Tidelands Boat Shoes in Navy Nubuck, SGD169/~USD122.92


Stylish and practical, boat shoes are airy and comfy but are heavy-duty enough to keep your feet dry when the rain starts pouring. Look for quality ones with sturdy soles like the Timberland Spring/Summer 2019 Tidelands Boat Shoes. The leather midsole and rubber outsole are handsewn for a durable build so you can bet on this one — rain or shine.


Sneakers



PUMA Suede Classic X Buffalo London in Mellow Rose-Puma White, SGD240/~USD174.56


If you're allowed to wear sneakers in the office, then you're in luck because this type of footwear is one of the best shoe styles for unpredictable weather. They're reliable and can still look surprisingly good even when dirty. Looking for new kicks? You might fancy this pretty pair from PUMA and Buffalo London's latest collaboration. It's lightweight with a soft suede upper and designed to have a textured rubber platform for extra grip that will come in handy for navigating slippery surfaces during the rain.


Espadrilles


Isabel Marant Cananee Floral Espadrilles

Isabel Marant Cananee Floral Espadrilles, USD136 (net-a-porter.com)


Espadrilles are the go-to summer flats but this shoe style also works for rainy days. Most espadrilles are designed with water-resistant inner lining and rubber soles, which make them durable for light showers. Get stylish with this Isabel Marant piece that you can easily pair with a casual or dressy outfit. 


PVC ballet flats


Melissa Ultragirl Elements in Light Pink, SGD110/~USD80.01


Ordinary leather flats may not be the best pick for impromptu rainy days but the durable ones made from PVC or rubber are good shoe styles for unpredictable weather. Pick those with dainty details like the Melissa Ultragirl Elements for a subtle summery feel that won't feel out of place during the day.  



Combat boots


Common Projects Combat suede ankle boots

Common Projects combat suede ankle boots, USD942 (net-a-porter.com)


Usually, combat boots are too stuffy for the sweltering heat but suedes are an exception. This type of material is more lightweight and will not be ruined by rainwater. In case it gets dipped in flood, you just need to clean it to avoid water spots and make sure to let it dry thoroughly before the next use. 


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