Everyone who’s ever taken a trip to Italy has seen the Colosseum. Anyone who’s been to Mexico has seen the ruins at Chichen Itza and Tulum. These are the tourist mainstays, the darlings of the guidebook.
If you feel like eschewing expectations and traveling off the beaten path, you’ve got to check out these 9 amazing places you won’t see on a guided tour:
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Also known as Mini Kyoto, this small town is relatively tourist-free, yet it is an excellent example of historical Japanese culture as it is one of the few areas spared from bombing during WWII. Much of the town is limited to buildings no taller than two stories, except for the local Ninja house, which is six.
If that isn’t enough to convince you, perhaps the underground pathways to the local castle and the ability to have the country’s third most beautiful garden almost all to yourself will make your trip to Kanazawa worthwhile.