The Gorgeous Japanese Island You Need to Visit in 2018

It’s the dream vacation you never knew you needed—until today.

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Why You Need to Visit the Japanese Island Ishigaki

We bet the sound of a warm, tropical paradise sounds pretty nice right now. But before you settle for a typical trip to Hawaii or Cozumel, consider something a bit more off the beaten path. Our recommendation: Ishigaki, a gorgeous island in Japan’s Okinawa archipelago. (Check out these 10 other hidden gems in Japan, too!)

Never heard of it? We don’t blame you. But this little-known Japanese island was just named the top trending travel destination for 2018 by TripAdvisor—and for good reason.

To discover the year’s trending destinations, data crunchers created an algorithm that measured the yearly increase in positive traveller feedback regarding accommodation, restaurants, and attractions, as well as increased booking interest on the site. Then, they ranked the top 10 “Destinations on the Rise,” which TripAdvisor revealed in its sixth annual Travelers’ Choice awards.

Leading the list is Japan’s Ishigaki, the largest of the Yaeyama Islands in Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture. A popular spot for snorkellers and foodies alike, this destination offers incredible views of white sand beaches, colourful coral reefs, and gorgeous mountains and forests. (Here are nine of the world’s prettiest heart-shaped islands.)

While you’re there, make sure to get a taste of the island’s specialty: Yaeyama soba noodles, which are made with flour rather than the traditional buckwheat.

Looking for something a little closer to home? Book a ticket to Kapaa, Hawaii, or Halifax; both locations made TripAdvisor’s trending destinations list, too.

Plus: The Best Cities in the World for Every Type of Traveller

[Source: Business Insider]

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