The pristine blue waters and white sandy beaches of beautiful Ishigaki, Japan, have earned the ranking of number one in the world.
The island has topped TripAdvisor’s Destinations on the Rise list.
The awards, now in its sixth year, recognise 44 destinations around the world selected by measuring year-over-year increase in positive TripAdvisor traveller review ratings for accommodations, restaurants and attractions, as well as increase in search and booking interest. Travellers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise lists were also revealed for the U.S., Europe, Asia and South America.
Travellers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise – Asia:
Contrary to its name which literally translates to “stone wall”, Ishigaki is an island in Okinawa that is surrounded by water. Home to sandy beaches and coral reefs, the destination is a popular diving spot. Also great for food lovers, Ishigaki is known for its soba noodles – called Yaeyama soba – made of flour instead of the more traditional buckwheat.
A city located in the mountainous Gifu Prefecture, Takayama’s appeal lies in its beautifully preserved towns and historic districts. Be sure to head to Takayama in spring and autumn to catch the Takayama Festival that will feature dozens of heavily decorated festival floats.
Busan, South Korea
South Korea’s second largest city, Busan, has plenty to offer to every traveller – it’s a favourite amongst nature lovers for its hot springs, beaches,