Everyone seems to visit Tokyo and Kyoto (well, I haven't actually explored Tokyo much. lol), and Hiroshima, Osaka, and Nara are popular. For whatever reason, people also seem to like Kobe…
But I want to know about those places or attractions that tourists (particularly foreign) rarely visit but are actually really spectacular.
I find the Chugoku region to be great but aside from Hiroshima, people don't seem to explore this region.
Tottori: I liked hiking on Mount Daisen to all of the temples. I haven't been to the sand dunes or Negeiredo, but these interest me, as well.
Okayama: Many places… Bitchu Takamatsu Castle, the entire Kibi plains, Kurashiki… Even Okayama City is underrated.
Kyoto: Kamo-cho's Stone Buddha path is a great historical hike. Takao is also nice, particularly Jingoji Temple.
Also, the entire island of Shikoku seems underrated to me. People don't seem to go there as much, but it has a lot of preserved historical areas (those 88 temples, 4 of the 12 original castles, etc.)
Anyways, you can comment on mine, but also add your own. What do you think are underrated attractions that deserve more mention?