52 Places to Go in 2019 – The New York Times


No. 7
Setouchi Islands
JAPAN

Art and nature harmonize in Japan’s inland sea
The view from Mt. Shiude over the Seto Inland Sea. Mitoyo Tourism & Exchange Authority

Japan’s ancient Setouchi region, which includes the Seto Inland Sea’s islands and coastal areas, will host the Setouchi Trienniale 2019, a major art fair held in three seasonal installments; sites in 2019 include the less-frequented islands of Teshima and Honjima, where you can better experience the balance of nature and art. One hour south of the “art islands” via ferry or the Shinkansen bullet train, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, one of Japan’s most visited sites, reopens in spring 2019 after an eight-year, $51 million refurbishment. Setouchi is also looking to draw a fresh crop of cyclists, with new trails winding through local citrus and olive groves and a dedicated Shimanami bike ferry that opened in October 2018 connecting Japan’s main island of Honshu to the region’s lesser-visited island of Shikoku. For those seeking more sybaritic forms of transport, late 2017 saw the maiden voyage of Guntu — more a minimalist floating ryokan than a cruise ship — complete with 19 walnut-clad rooms and open-air cypress soaking baths. In 2019, Setouchi Sea Planes, Japan’s only sea plane company, will expand its scenic flights to several smaller islands and towns via a fleet of Kodiak 100s. And a Japanese start-up company called Ale launched — literally — the Shooting Star Challenge, a microsatellite that will create the world’s first artificial meteor shower, aiming to fill Setouchi’s skies in spring 2020, a taste of the high-tech one-upmanship to come in Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics. ADAM H. GRAHAM

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52 Places to Go in 2019
No. 1 Puerto Rico
No. 2 Hampi
No. 3 Santa Barbara
No. 4 Panama
No. 5 Munich
No. 6 Eilat
No. 7 Setouchi Islands
No. 8 Aalborg
No. 9 The Azores
No. 10 Ontario Ice Caves
No. 11 Zadar
No. 12 Williamsburg
No. 13 Las Vegas
No. 14 Salvador
No. 15 Danang
No. 16 Costalegre
No. 17 Paparoa Track
No. 18 Puglia
No. 19 Tatra Mountains
No. 20 Calgary
No. 21 Olkhon Island
No. 22 Huntsville
No. 23 Falkland Islands
No. 24 Aberdeen
No. 25 Golfo Paradiso
No. 26 Dessau
No. 27 Tunis
No. 28 Gambia
No. 29 Northern Rivers
No. 30 Frisian Islands
No. 31 New York City
No. 32 Chongli
No. 33 Orcas Island
No. 34 Uzbekistan
No. 35 Vestlandet
No. 36 Lyon
No. 37 Doha
No. 38 Batumi
No. 39 Marseille
No. 40 Wyoming
No. 41 Los Angeles
No. 42 Dakar
No. 43 Perth
No. 44 Hong Kong
No. 45 Iran
No. 46 Houston
No. 47 Columbus
No. 48 Plovdiv
No. 49 Vevey
No. 50 Cádiz
No. 51 The Elqui Valley
No. 52 The Islands of Tahiti

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