As far as foxy cities go, the big ones are easy to reach -- they have their own airports, after all. You want to see the vaulting domes and spires of Istanbul’s cathedrals? Punch in the airport code IST in Google Flights and you’re on your way, champ. Want to gawk at Osaka Castle during cherry blossom season? There’s your $800 nonstop from California to KIX, from whence you can snap the same selfie as 50,000 other people. Congrats!
Perhaps more rewarding for the discerning adventurer are those smaller nooks of ravishing beauty, many reachable only by car or boat or trail. On world maps these gorgeous villages and towns are marked only by the teeniest pinprick, assuming they appear at all. None are secret, exactly, but their very size -- often held in check by their physical remoteness -- can make them tricky to reach all the same. We’re confident, though, that you’ll find ’em absolutely worth the pursuit.