Hot on the heels of Lonely Planet publishing their Best in Travel lists for the coming year, Condé Nast Traveler recently released their compilation of 23 Places to visit in 2023. Western Japan featured in this collection, with Seto Inland Sea cruises and new onsen experiences touted as just a couple of reasons why visitors should explore this part of the country.
Some of the other highlights mentioned by Condé Nast in their writeup include a Ritz-Carlton hotel set to open in Fukuoka in spring, the Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen connecting Nagasaki to the bullet train network, and a new gallery at the Comico Art Museum in Yufuin designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma.
There is some crossover between Lonely Planet and Condé Nast with the areas they're excited about for 2023 – both lists mentioned Fukuoka, a region that is highly regarded for its food culture. The prefecture has plenty to enjoy aside from the food on offer, with beautiful shrines and temples, shopping destinations, and stunning nature as just some of the drawcards.
If you're contemplating a visit to Western Japan during 2023, check out the following content on our website covering some of the destinations mentioned by Condé Nast: