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Japan's Shikoku named a top Asian destination by Lonely Planet

Known for Naruto whirlpools and 88-temple pilgrimage, island draws new notice

The Naruto whirlpools in Tokushima Prefecture.

NEW YORK -- The major Japanese island of Shikoku has landed on Lonely Planet's list of the best places to visit in the Asia-Pacific region this year.

"'88 Sacred Temples of Shikoku' pilgrims may have been journeying around Japan's fourth largest island for 1200 years," the travel guide publisher explained, "but this somewhat off-the-beaten-path haven is finally being discovered by non-Japanese visitors, with an increasing number of international flights winging into the main cities of Takamatsu and Matsuyama."

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