Explore Japan – Millions of people visits Japan and we can’t blame them for falling in love with the country. After all, it is a country with great people, culture, architecture and of course, food. So, if you have plans to visit the country, then here are the top 10 places that you definitely shouldn’t miss.
This is one of the most visited places in Japan due to its old architecture. In here, you can also fun art galleries and museums where you can find a variety of sculpture, paintings and so much more, which is perfect if you are an art lover. While you are already in Kyoto, you can also visit the Kyoto Imperial palace and the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove where you can see tall and beautiful bamboos, which is just a few walks away from the town center. When you visit Kyoto during Fall and Spring, you can also experience walking around cherry blossoms too.
Mt. Fuji is perhaps one of the most famous landmark of Japan. It is 3,776 meters tall, making it the tallest mountain in the country and in fact, even when you stay in Tokyo, it is still possible for you to see the beautiful view of this mountain. If you have much time in your hands and you have always been fond of mountain climbing, then you can consider climbing it. Watching the sunrise from the top will surely take your breath away.
Koyasan is perfect for nature lovers as it is situated at the wooden mountain top of Koyasan. It is also considered as an important site if Shingon Buddhism. In here, you can experience the daily life of a monk overnight – attending prayers in the morning and eating the vegetarian monk’s cuisine by staying in the Buddhist temple overnight, which can be a great cultural experience for you. Also, to have a glimpse of Japan’s history, you can also consider visiting some grave sites.
Nara was once known as Heijo and was the first permanent capital of the country. In here, you can see the oldest and largest temples in Japan like the Todaiji Temple. You can also find the largest wooden buildings in the world here. When you pay Nara a visit, you would also see a gigantic bronze Buddha statue. As you walk around the peaceful park, you would also see a lot of deer here roaming around freely and in fact, you can even feed them in your hands.
When planning for a trip to Japan, of course, Tokyo, its capital should be included in your list. It is a place where modern and traditional urban life co-exist. The Imperial Palace and the Sensoji Temple are just some of the tourist spots that you can find here. In addition to that, if you have already gone to the Madison Avenue in New York and you love its vibe, then this city also has its equivalent called the Ginza, where you can shop around and have a taste of the authentic Japanese cuisines like sushi that is sure to satisfy your palate.
Through a short ferry ride, you would be able to reach Miyajima, which is best known as the home of the Itsukushima Shrine. The shrine was dedicated to the God of the Wind, Susanoo’s princess daughters. What makes this place ideal for you to visit is that it appears to be floating on water due to the effect of the high tide. There is also a stage there where you can watch traditional musical and dance performances. Of course, walking around its garden is also something that you should not miss if you want to see a variety of birds.
Now, if you are looking for a peaceful place away from the big cities of Japan to visit, then Takayama is the place that you are looking for. In here, you can experience living a life in a rural setting and you can also roam around the old towns in Japan that has been well preserved. On the other hand, if you had a taste of sake and you fell in love with it, then there are sake breweries in Takayama that you can try out. There are also little boutiques here where you can buy souvenirs of Your Trip.
Kanagawa is the place where Kamakura and Yokohama are located. One of the reasons why tourists visit Kanagawa is the huge Buddha statue called the Great Buddha of Kamakura that has endured typhoons, tsunamis and earthquakes. It also boasts beautiful coastline, mountain and rivers. There is also a mecca that you can visit if you really love taking a bath in hot springs. Kanagawa is also the home of the Yokohama Landmark Tower with a sky garden observation deck that can provide you the outstanding views of Yokohama.
The Atsuta Shrine is located in Nagoya, Japan. It is a shrine that was established in the 1st century and it is famous for the kusanagi-no-tsurugi, in which there are only 3 of them in the entire country. In here, you can also find a treasury that contains numerous art pieces, both old and modern ones. There are even ceramics and traditional masks in the treasury as well.
Although Nikko is a small town, the joy and amusement that it can provide you is definitely not small. In fact, it is the home of the Toshogu or the Shrine in Japan with the most lavish decoration. In here, you can also find the Shin-kyō Bridge. The best time for you to visit Nikko is during fall because that is the time when the leaves bursts in spectacular colors, which is truly a sight worth seeing.
As you are already in Japan, you need to make the most out of the time that you spend in this country. Make sure to drop by all the places that were mentioned before. That way, you can make your travelling experience more worthwhile.
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