With the pandemic having put our lives on unprecedented hold, many are dreaming of returning to norm… Who are we lying to? The sole, okay, one of the little things, we truly miss badly is traveling. And I can bet that at any given opportunity, you’d be up and rolling with a fedora to any place in the world just to sip on a pina colada and forget the comfort-turned-hell of your four home walls.

And it’s no secret that many thirsty travelers have must-see travel bucket lists somewhere in the drawer waiting for the borders to open up. For some, it’s Times Square and Hollywood, for others, it’s all about dinner with a view at the Eiffel Tower, but as you’re about to plan your next big post-pandemic trip, you may as well take some good advice from people who have been to those places, but would likely travel back in time to not go there.

So below, ladies and gents, are the most overrated travel destinations shared in one r/AskReddit thread to help us reflect on our sightseeing must-dos before its too late.

#1

Overrated-Travel-Destinations The Mona Lisa in Louvre in Paris. It's just a small painting hanging quite far away in a really crowded room full of tourists. Don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful, iconic painting, but it's not worth visiting the Louvre only for the Mona Lisa. The majority of the other artworks in that museum are more impressive than the Mona Lisa.

cheeseguy_ , Artotem Report

lenka
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1 month ago

And can be appreciated at leisure, closer to the works and without the sea of phones in your face

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#2

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Dubai.
Unless you're really into spending all day in an air conditioned building, then going to the air conditioned basement to get in an air conditioned car to travel to the air conditioned basement of another air conditioned building in which case, do I have a city for you!

Invunche , themonnie Report

JennyLaRue
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes! From a business travel point of view, it was great as everything was easy and you can get anything you might be missing from home, but anything to do for leisure or tourism just feels completely synthetic.

Jane S.
Community Member
1 month ago

I do enjoy air conditioning. I think I probably feel more strongly about women's rights though, so it's a no from me.

Konpat
Community Member
1 month ago

Or human rights in general

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Doubleheader
Community Member
1 month ago

For the way women have been treated here in the past and recently as well (foreign women, though I'm sure that the ones who live there are treated even worse), I don't want to go there. As a woman, if you're assaulted, then you're thrown into jail for it. Extramarital sex is frowned upon, and you CAN be jailed for that just as well (a year!!!). Don't go to Dubai honestly.

Hedonism Bot
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1 month ago

I also remember seeing a story of a man who was raped by other men, and when he reported it the police threatened to prosecute him for homosexuality. There was also the case of someone who was convicted of drug possession after customs agents discovered a nearly microscopic trace of marijuana on his shoe (don't ask me how they found it). So it's not just women who have to worry about their messed-up government.

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Merty Robinson
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1 month ago

Only been to the airport but that was enough for me. An awful lot of people were treated very badly to make that place.

Manuel Delgado
Community Member
1 month ago

This place is a good example of all what is bad in human kind.

Vintage Insider
Community Member
1 month ago

It's a great airport hub. But one stop there involved walking an entire 100ft from a shuttle bus to the plane and I nearly died...

Beans
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I haven't been to Dubai but my brother has and he said it's like Singapore on steroids in that it's a lot of malls you access underground and flashy expensive stuff. He liked it but said it was very vast and hot. That said I think as long as you can make it sustainable and not damage the environment then flashy places like this have their place in the world. I love Singapore and even though it's a little clinical feeling, I imagine I'd enjoy Dubai. I don't get people that 'hate' certain places. I've enjoyed some countries /places more than others but I have never ever hated anywhere I've travelled. There are good things and bad things about every place.

Sahar Errahj
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1 month ago

Never been there but I understand the hate part towards how it has been built. That behind every flashy thing there are so many humans there are treated so bad. As a tourist you literally do not have the right to go to certain parts of the city where actual workers live because they do not want you to see their conditions

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

I don't know why people think it would be fun visiting a place that has a 35 degree centigrade annual temperature

lenka
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1 month ago

As an Aussie, 35 degrees is my definition of perfect weather.

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Uzma
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1 month ago

I’m sorry you had a bad experience. I hope you come in better weather when we don’t need ACs so much and go see the desert (non-touristy parts). Don’t stay in more flashy parts like all others and you might begin to see the real character of this small but large-hearted emirate. Xx

Nica Van
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1 month ago

I have friends and family there. The beaches are lovely. The food is delicious. The smells from all the foliage, spices, and perfumes embrace me. The calls to prayer, especially at 0500 every morning, hearken back to an ancient time and in the stillness of the morning, as the various birds are warming up their voices, the chants are mystical. Camping in the desert is a blast. Snorkeling in Dibba is wondrous. Spending time with people I love is priceless. Will 100% be going back.

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lenka
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1 month ago

This is true. But... I would recomend getting out of the city and see the other side of Dubai. The souks (markets) are amazing. Vibrant and lively. Altough very touristy the desert tour is cool, particularly the sunset over the dunes is spectacular. Take an abra (water taxi) over the Dubai creek. There is lots to see in Dubai if you leave the air con.

AnnaBanana
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1 month ago

Yep, I hated it until I went on a private tour that was 'off the beaten track' and really got a sense of the history of the place. Particularly how quickly it grew from 'camel herders to sky scrapers'. It's a fascinating place for a westerner.

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New Prometheus
Community Member
1 month ago

Arms trade, sexism, worker and sex trafficking, environmental stress... Yeah the heat is the least of my problems regarding Dubai.

Essex Eagle
Community Member
1 month ago

Most overrated place on the planet

Jim Day
Community Member
1 month ago

Ever live in thee South Eastern US...

BabaBizzle
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1 month ago

Women are free there so not a good comparison

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Curry on...
Community Member
1 month ago

I was talking to someone who lives there, and he said temps could get as high as 115 deg F (about 48 C). Not my idea of having fun.

Deepu Jacob
Community Member
1 month ago

With everyone hating on UAE I'm an Indian who lived in UAE my whole life. I had the best time. Both my parents had good jobs, we had a home, we went to a good school. Our church was fully funded by the government. Our communities were always invited to their festivities and are always happy to attend ours. We never had a feeling of alienation. We had moments where Americans and Europeans tries to bully us around and the local authorities stood up for us. The authorities are very hospitable. I enjoyed travelling a lot. I can't think of a single weekend we did not go out as a family. There so many places and I don't mean malls. Sanctuaries, mangroves, oases, farms all of which barely cost a dirham to enjoy. Lots of public programs and festivities freely open to the public. We never feared for our life be it in our homes or outside. I was in tears when I left the place :(

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

After living in Saudi during summer, my appreciation for AC in the Gulf is not to be understated

Max Thompson
Community Member
1 month ago

Ac is nice...

jamie1707
Community Member
1 month ago

I lived in Dubai back in the 80's. To this day I can not tolerate air conditioning. Think hot shower in a chilled room.

If I could I would live under water
Community Member
1 month ago

Exactly how I imagine it to be lol... Not for me.

ADHD
Community Member
1 month ago

you could not pay me enough to go to that place. terrible human rights. immigrants are treated as slaves. their laws are barbaric.

Silre
Community Member
1 month ago

I love air conditioning actually. It means I can breathe

Pipe Kasuko
Community Member
1 month ago

Perhaps, a bit unfair, as they failed to mention that the average temperature range from May to about September is between 35 deg. C (7AM) up to 54 deg C. (peak at 2PM). It is very difficult to manage those temperatures even if you grew up there. Not a native of that area, but grew up there. We used to play football all day - so many kids used to pass out and/or have nose bleeds from the heat.

Mari
Community Member
1 month ago

I think other Arabic country's are more interesting and authentic.

Pungent Sauce
Community Member
1 month ago

So basically Houston in summer

Colin Jamieson
Community Member
1 month ago

Or, if you enjoy lots of sun and heat which sometimes makes a great relaxing holiday

Grant Barke
Community Member
1 month ago

Best part is the ski field in Dubai.

Dina Karimi
Community Member
1 week ago

I wentnto dubai as a kid and we got on a jeepand went to the desert where there was a tent with belly dancing and cockroaches. alos there is bigass waterpark with a real cave and its cool. it has nice shops too

Kerry Ericksson
Community Member
1 month ago

I hate hot weather,plus the city is ugly,definitely a no for me.

Patricia Tornborg
Community Member
1 month ago

I see they have a nice brown bath-tub-ring-around the city, just like LA, NY, any big US city! That alone betokens greatness, huh?

Sandra Pandra
Community Member
1 month ago

Correct

grey galah
Community Member
1 month ago

Great if your idea of fun are the shops at an airline terminal

James016
Community Member
1 month ago

I went to Dubai in 2019, very odd place but really enjoyed the beach and swimming pool. Plus the hotel we stayed in had several restaurants. The mall was meh. The architecture is quite something but some of it is very over the top

idraax poission
Community Member
1 month ago

Dubai is good to visit for like a day and that's it

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#3

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Hollywood. The most disappointing garbage and pee covered place on earth.

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Bardhi's Dad
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1 month ago

However, I would like to see it

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#4

Overrated-Travel-Destinations The peak of Mount Everest. People just pay sherpas to carry all their gear, and navigate the dangerous areas. Many have heated tents. The line to wait to get a picture at the top can be extremely long, and dangerous because people aren’t used to the altitude.

jchanceh9lol , https://www.flickr.com/photos/hagleitn/ Report

If I could I would live under water
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1 month ago

Plus, they leave tons and tons of waste, plastic bags and garbage everywhere, it's awful and sad.

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#5

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Pisa.

Besides the small square with the tower where everyone is taking the same stupid joke pic. And guys tryna sell you toys.

The rest of the town is pretty lame. You're in Tuscany, go to ANY small town and you'll enjoy it far more.

patch173 , Ed Webster Report

lenka
Community Member
1 month ago

This is true. Pisa is wierd and kinda cool but very much a tourist trap. That said, I had one of my best Italian meals in a tiny restaurant in Pisa. I asked my taxi driver where he takes his wife for thier anniversary. It was reasonably priced, really nice atmosphere and amazingly good food.

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#6

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Hollywood walk of fame. Haven't seen a dirtier road.

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

And... you are going there to see a walkway with people's names on it

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#7

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Japan has such a romanticized view of France that they actually have a term, "Paris Syndrome", for the sudden shock suffered by Japanese tourists when they see that France isn't how they imagined.

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lenka
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1 month ago

not to mention the rubbish and dog s**t in the streets.

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#8

Overrated-Travel-Destinations I didn’t get anything out of Las Vegas. It was cool to see the themed hotels but besides that it was just an overpriced cultureless soulless city designed to entertain you.

viktor72 , matze_ott Report

Cupcake168
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I have been there 23 years ago, and than you had at least HUGE pools in the morning for you all alone and delicious food for little money. Didn’t spend a single dollar at gambling.

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#9

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Egypt, all the beauty and awe of the ancient civilisation is completely outshone by how absolutely horrible the modern civilisation is. Think of all the worst parts of India and then add sand to it.

PublicOccasion , Michael Ravodin Report

Elle Malkamäki
Community Member
1 month ago

So true! Cairo is horrifying. All the pics you see of the pyramids are taken from this side, if you’re standing on the other side, shithole Cairo is right there in all it’s dirty glory. Whatever you do don’t drink the water!! I forgot on my last day and rinsed my toothbrush under the tap. Never been so ill in my life. The museum is incredible, but full of people trying to scam you.

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#10

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Times square on new years. If you know, you know

LeSenpaii , Anthony Quintano Report

Sum Guy
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1 month ago

Most new year parties are awful all over the world... the best I have had in the past few years is a bit of alcohol, a fire outside, music and friends. (December is full on summer here)

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#11

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Bali. It was beautiful 10 years ago but now it's been ruined by influencers.

gitwiz89 , Uwe Aranas Report

Cupcake168
Community Member
1 month ago

Same with most famous nature spots on earth. I recently saw a picture of a mountaintop where people stand in a line to get THAT one picture. It’s a pity.

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#12

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Stonehenge. They don't let you get very close to it to help preserve it. Either way you get just about as good a view of it from the Highway going by it as you do by waiting in line and paying to go see it. I appreciate what it represents, but if you put on a youtube video of it you will get a more personal and close experience of it then if you actually go there.

anonymous , mari Report

Kirsten Kerkhof
Community Member
1 month ago

I went there in the mid-90s and I was very disappointed (probably served me right as I should've known). It's a bunch of standing stones in a field. Don't get me wrong, it is incredibly important historically, but ... stones in a field. Plus, Britain is littered with stone circles. This one just happens to be more famous.

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#13

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Oktoberfest

You can get the same brand and amount of beer for a third of the price literally anywhere else in Munich. The carnival rides are also overcrowded and overpriced, the food is decent but also overpriced... I could go on. Oktoberfest is over-everything.

TeaOnWine , 46137 Report

Cupcake168
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1 month ago

I lived in Munich for a decade and haven’t ever been there. For a reason.

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#14

Overrated-Travel-Destinations If you're in Dublin, stay away from the Temple Bar area, it's ridiculously overpriced and is not at all what a real Irish bar is like at all

ois2400 , Heather R Report

Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago

I have been there, and I like it. As I like beers, Dublin, and Ireland, in general. Btw, I'm from Balkans

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#15

Overrated-Travel-Destinations UAE, it's the most culturally deficient place you will ever see in your life!!

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GirlFriday
Community Member
1 month ago

I agree completely. It was like they went out of their way to make everything as generic as possible.

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#16

Overrated-Travel-Destinations That wing mural in Nashville.. there is literally a line that takes an hour to go take a picture with a pair of wings on a wall.

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Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

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#17

Overrated-Travel-Destinations The Taj Mahal. Yes, it's beautiful but it's also overcrowded which ruins any serenity and every thing that there's to see is visible on the pictures you've seen a thousand times before. The inside is dark, surprisingly small and you're rushed through. Agra Fort, overlooking the Taj Mahal, by contrast is equally gorgeous, vibrant and teeming with history. I enjoyed it much more.

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Jayne Kyra
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1 month ago

The history of Taj Mahal is also dark.

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#18

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Brussels. If you're in Belgium, visit Ghent and Bruges.

HamiltonSlashLaurens , Sam Greenhalgh Report

Delgada
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1 month ago

Brussels is actually really nice, especially in the spring. But Bruges is simply magical.

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#19

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Romeo & Juliet balcony & house in Verona, Italy. Pure tourism BS

CharlesBronx , Sarah Report

JennyLaRue
Community Member
1 month ago

This one has always baffled me as surely it's just a random balcony that just happens to be in the town where someone in England wrote a fictitious story that also had a balcony in it.

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#20

Overrated-Travel-Destinations South Beach/Miami

Over priced bars and clubs, if youre a dude and you dont have a fine group of women with you, be ready to drop serious cash for a night out if youre there. There are better beaches up and down the coast, that wont force you into the terrible traffic and parking SB has.

MrBoliNica , Piutus Report

Sum Guy
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1 month ago

I can almost see will smith getting s**t while racing martin lawrence

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#21

Overrated-Travel-Destinations definitely Mallorca - I'm German enough, I don't want to hear 90% German on holiday in Spain as well. The quieter, less central parts of Mallorca are gorgeous, especially for snorkeling and diving, but the Playa de Palma, or at least that part, is horrendously German lol

yeetaliano , Kyle Taylor Report

If I could I would live under water
Community Member
1 month ago

German here. The island itself is gorgeous and should not be confused with that one place on Mallorca called "Ballermann".

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#22

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Disneyland. It's just a lot of waiting for bad rides.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

I dunno if it's true or not but my mum says Six flags is heaps better than Disneyland.

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#23

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Whatever expectation you have of Roswell, New Mexico- it’s worse

FrontiersWoman , Amy Meredith Report

Olivier Caissy
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1 month ago

So “Paul” lied to us? https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1092026/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_53

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#24

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Mount Rushmore. It's faces on a rock basically and smaller than you think.

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Sum Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

and in all the pics, they show just what we see above and fail to show that the hill is about 3 times what you see here and when you're on the observation deck, you're far. (I spend way too much on google earth finding places I see on TV)

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#25

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Bourbon Street, New Orleans. It's really just the same as any other bar district in any other large city around the world. Same old cover bands playing the same old songs that you'd hear anywhere. You can experience all you need just by walking down the street for an hour and not going in anywhere.

HappyTimeHollis , Chris Litherland Report

Anna Banana
Community Member
1 month ago

To me the purpose of Bourbon Street, just like the Red Lights District in Amsterdam, is to host all the loud bachelor/birthday destination parties, letting the others chill in any other bar in the city.

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#26

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Mall of America. It just a Mall with a lot of stuff in it. My opinion would’ve probably be different if I didn't live in Minnesota.

Zabboon , Runner1928 Report

Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

Malls are a temple to capitalism.

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#27

Blue lagoon in Iceland. Always super crowded and you have to book it super early. There are a lot of better lagoons in Iceland that are just as pretty (or even prettier), more isolated, definitely less crowded, and just as "blue".

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Rhea
Community Member
1 month ago

Been there, done that; tourist trap indeed...

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#28

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Bondi beach in Sydney. Overcrowded, everything there is way overpriced

koolkid131 , dronepicr Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Seeing as Bondi Beach is the most famous beach in Australia, what do you expect. I wouldn't even bother to go there, especially when we have sooooo many amazing beaches that don't get anywhere as busy.

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#29

I did a Mount Fuji tour in Japan in March. It was hands down the worst part of the trip. No point to go up the actual mountain. It was like 12 hours on a bus. Then I saw it from a train like 3 days later, and that was a better view than anything I got on the tour.

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Draaideur
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1 month ago

I disagree, I climbed Fuji-san (in September) on a longer but less crowded track. We started at 20:00 to catch the sunrise at 05:30. The view was breathtaking and only the last part on top got crowded. I wouldn't do it twice, but wouldn't have missed out on the experience either. IMG_201909...f3697d.jpg IMG_20190908_053009-608191cf3697d.jpg

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#30

Overrated-Travel-Destinations Toyosu Fish Market. The one that replaced Tsukiji as the fish auction central of Tokyo in 2018. You get to watch the auction process, but only if you go early in the morning. And even then, only through small glass windows two stories above the auction block. If there are more than a couple dozen other visitors, you will not be able to see anything.

veotrade , 江戸村のとくぞう Report

Alex the awful German
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1 month ago

don't mind my question, but: Why would you want to go there?

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