15 Idyllic Places to Escape the Stress of Today’s Hectic World

MAY 06, 2020 AT 05:52 AM

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2. Nagano's Darkroom

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For these seeking inner enlightenment, a visit to Japan’s Zenkoji Temple located in the Winter Olympics city of Nagano is the ultimate representation of a Japanese temple or shrine. Explore a beautiful 1400-year-old building swathed in incense clouds and visited by 8 million worshippers a year seeking love and luck.

3. Just Room Enough Island

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This tiny island barely large enough to hold a single house was meant to be a peaceful family getaway when purchased in the 1950s. Instead, it became its own tourist attraction. This idyllic charmer is located on Wellesley Island, New York, in the Thousand Island chain.