These past few days, I've been doing the area around Shoshun Village. I've just finished up Cave of Solitude and Kishibe Village, and I can honestly say that I won't miss them even one tiny bit.
The Cave had that bottleneck in the middle of the map that made questing incredibly tedious.
Kishibe Village wasn't bad geographically, but having to defeat 16+ Balance mobs for two quests soured me on the whole area. As a balance Wizard, I don't have the highest damage around and facing mobs that can resist and weaken my attacks slows me down even more.