A quick getaway is calling—and you don’t have to wait for the next holiday to answer it! If you've ever dreamed of exploring Japan's ancient ruins, lush forests, and exotic animals, we have a stellar opportunity for you!
Here's how it works—check your dashboard and see if you're in the More Japan To Discover VirtualVox. If you are, enter the More Japan To Discover Contest and unlock your badge. We'll be auto-qualifying the top 25 badge holders into an upcoming VoxBox! If you complete the contest, you could potentially win! Share the More Japan To Discover contest link and post a relevant photo (see these slideshow photos for inspiration!) on Facebook or Twitter, or both! Make sure to tag @Influenster, @Visit_Japan, #MoreJapanToDiscover, and #Contest to receive credit.
Not in the virtual campaign? No problem, you can still win a trip to Japan! Scroll through the slideshow and pick your favorite destination! Click here to begin.
Trip #1: Ancient Okinawa Ruins
Why it's the perfect getaway: You can explore 500 years of castle ruins and stroll through peaceful, sacred sites the town has to offer.
And that's not all, you can even snorkel and dive in crystal clear waters, swimming past the gorgeous coral reefs. When you're done? Enjoy the town's local cuisine. Rumor has it the Okinawans are some of the longest living people on earth because of it.
Trip #2: Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
Fun fact: This was once Japan's top-producing silver mine. You can learn first-hand how these mines and port towns helped shape Japan’s economic development.
Close by, you can check out the Adachi Museum, which combines one of the country’s best collections of Japanese art with stunning vistas of a gorgeous landscaped garden.
Trip #3: Kii Mountain Range
Escape into the dense forests of the Kii Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Nearby you can marvel at the spring cherry blossoms, hang out in hot-spring baths, and check out the Nachi Waterfall–Japan’s longest waterfall!
Trip #4: Shiretoko Peninsula
Fun fact: It's one of the richest marine and terrestrial ecosystems in the world! It's home to the highest recorded number of brown bears in the world, as well as to many marine animals including salmon, seals, and whales.
Trip #5: Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go & Gokayama
Picture yourself in a quaint village nestled in a narrow river valley surrounded by mountains in central Japan. A cozy place with traditional Gassho-style houses found nowhere else in Japan!
Trip #6: Yakushima Island
A trip to Yakushima Island would entail adventurous days of exploring Yakushima Island's rich biodiverse landscape. Imagine yourself hiking through lush rainforests and bamboo grasslands surrounding 6,500-foot mountain peaks. Ah, breathtaking.
Sound enticing? Go ahead and get started! To recap, check your dashboard for the More Japan To Discover VirtualVox to begin there. If you're not in the campaign, you can still enter to win by going to JNTO's website!