Ever since pilgrims first climbed this mountain in the early 8th century, the area around Yoshiminedera outside Kyoto City has been a place of spiritual beauty. People thought they can achieve spiritual enlightenment by climbing here, and so the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage was born, bringing together 33 temples in Kansai, much like the one on Shikoku island. http://en.japantravel.com/kyoto/pilgrimage-to-yoshimine-dera/17478
I would recommend going to Shizuoka City. There are so may places and tourist spots to see. It doesn't matter if you travel there alone, you'd still enjoy as much. You can enjoy being with nature in Sunpu Park or in Miho no Matsubara; You can go hiking at Yahatayama Park, a mountain park over-looking the city, or Satta-toge, over-looking the Suruga Bay and Mt. FUji, or just relax by the Abe River, and many more. People in Shizuoka are far more polite and kind than the people in Tokyo.
Of course I must recommend where I am living: Sendai. It is a big city with a small town feel. Many smaller and medium attractions, nature, shopping, history, and museums. If you enjoy walking or hiking, this city is perfect. All of the compact city center is walkable, so I think it is perfect for the single traveler with our without a plan. Wander around and you are sure to find something interesting here.
Also, for a city its size, there are a number of bars and a few clubs that don't feel overwhelming. Lots of chances to meet both foreigners and Japanese without the business of Tokyo, Osaka, or Kyoto.
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