Whether you’re a first-time traveler to Japan or a seasoned visitor, check your itinerary again: Did you forget about Kushiro?

A historical port town on the eastern side of the Japanese island of Hokkaido, Kushiro’s serene waters, sweeping mountains and abundant wildlife make it an idyllic spot for those yearning to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The “City of Mist” is also an ideal location for summer visitors to Japan, with an average temperature of about 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius).

Wondering how you missed it? Jump on an hour-and-a-half flight from Tokyo to check out Kushiro’s hidden gems:

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