Lonely Planet announced on 25th October 2017 the destinations selected for their Best in Travel 2018 series. Japan’s Kii Peninsula was chosen as a Best in Travel 2018 Top 10 Regions winner, coming in 5th Place.
Kii Peninsula is made up of the prefectures of Wakayama, Mie and Nara, as well as the southern part of Osaka Prefecture. It is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, which includes the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail and Mt Koya (Koyasan) which is considered the centre of Shingon Buddhism.
According to Lonely Planet, visitors to Kii Peninsula have doubled over the past three years and the number is predicted to continue rising. Kii Peninsula has been chosen for its distinguished mix of Shint? shrines and Buddhist temples, sublime natural scenery and steaming hot springs, traditional culture and modern convenience – but without the crowds of usual popular tourist destinations.