10 Best Places to Visit in Japan

With its enormous cities and towering skyscrapers brightly clad in neon lights,   Japan is a fun country to visit, full of history and with a rich cultural heritage. 

  Temples and shrines dot its streets, while world-class restaurants rub shoulders with   ancient castles and imperial palaces, and its cities bustle with life and energy.   

Japan is a warm, welcoming and endlessly interesting travel destination   with something for everyone.

Here’s a look at the best places to visit in Japan:

Kanazawa

Located between the wild waters of the Sea of Japan and the towering Japanese Alps,   the historic city of Kanazawa boasts a rich history and culture.

white house

In the center of the city,   you can find a fantastic centuries-old castle, as well as charming and well-preserved samurai   and geisha districts.

Their narrow alleys are lined by traditional houses, cozy tea shops,   and a number of atmospheric temples and shrines. 

Its most famous attraction is the lovingly   landscaped Kenroku-en, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan.

Ishigaki

Located west of Okinawa, Ishigaki is Japan’s premier beach destination and makes a good   base to explore the other islands in the Yaeyama archipelago. Located 1,250 miles south of Tokyo. 

white and blue boat on sea during daytime

Ishigaki may not have the shrines and temples that other Japanese cities have,    but it does have an exuberant nightlife for visitors who have the energy   after a day of beach combing, diving or climbing Mount Nosoko.

Hiroshima

Lying in western Honshu, Hiroshima´s history will forever be linked to the atomic bomb   which flattened the city on August 6th, 1945.

red Itsukushima Torii

Almost completely destroyed,   Hiroshima has remarkably been reconstructed and is now a bustling modern city, full of life.

While many visitors come to pay their respects at the Peace Memorial Park   and visit the chilling A-Bomb Dome ruins, the city has many other sights.

It also   serves as a gateway to some beautiful nearby islands including the famous Miyajima Shrine.

Kamakura

Set on the scenic shores of Sagami Bay, with forest-coated hills surrounding it,   Kamakura is a top-rated destination.

brown wooden house photography

As it was once the capital of Japan, the coastal   city is home to many important landmarks and a plethora of beautiful temples and shrines.  

Its defining symbol and most famous sight is the Great Buddha of Kamakura,   which is almost 44 feet high.

Made out of bronze, the mighty figure towers over   its surroundings and is one of the city’s most famed and photographed attractions.

Nikko

Located around two hours to the north of Tokyo, the small city of Nikko is one of the most   popular tourist destinations in the country, and justifiably so. Tucked away among the mountains   with forests all around it.

red bridge over river between green trees during daytime

Nikko is home to lots of impressive Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples.   In addition to its many cultural attractions, Nikko is renowned for its beautiful mountain   scenery.

The surrounding forests are full of sparkling waterfalls,   glimmering lakes, and steaming hot springs for you to explore.

Takayama

Tucked away among the northern Japanese Alps, the small city of Takayama was, until relatively   recently, one of Japan’s best kept secrets.

red and brown chinese temple

 Nowadays, however, its well-preserved quarter   full of Edo-era architecture and its wealth of shrines, temples, and other tourist attractions   lure more and more visitors every year. Renowned for its beautiful townscape.

Takayama certainly   does paint a pretty picture with the peaceful Miyagawa River coursing its way through town.

Hakone

Boasting beautiful mountain scenery, relaxing hot springs, and a number of world-class art museums,   Hakone is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan.

white and brown houses near mountain under white clouds during daytime

Located just a   short train ride to the southwest of Tokyo, the town lies on the shores of tranquil Lake Ashi.   One of the most popular things to do is take a boat ride on one of the pirate ships that   sail around the lake.

From aboard their decks, you can enjoy breathtaking views   of the lake’s stunning scenery and majestic Mount Fuji in the distance.

Nara

Considered to be the birthplace of Japanese civilization, this ancient former capital has   a wealth of historic sites for visitors to enjoy. 

body of water near green trees under blue sky during daytime

Most of its main attractions can be found in the   gorgeous, green Nara Park, also home to the city’s multitude of tame deer that amble about   asking tourists for food.

Here you’ll find the multi-story pagodas and splendid stone lanterns,   as well as a couple of lovingly landscaped Japanese gardens. 

The highlight, however,   is Todai-ji Temple with its awe-inspiring architecture and enormous Great Buddha.

Kyoto

Widely reputed to be the most beautiful city in Japan, Kyoto is a treat to visit. The nation’s   capital for over a thousand years, it sports lots of incredible historical sights and cultural   landmarks.

people near pagoda under white and blue sky

Dotted around its ancient streets, you’ll find wonderful palaces and idyllic gardens,   with 2,000 Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples to check out. In addition to this,   its historic district of Gion is also well worth exploring.

It is here that you can find   lots of geish as and traditional inns. While Kyoto is lovely to visit at any time of year,   it is particularly magical when the cherry blossoms are in bloom.

Tokyo

Lying at the center of the world’s most populous metropolitan area, Japan’s futuristic capital   is an exhilarating place to explore.

people walking on road near well-lit buildings

Renowned for its skyscraper-filled skyline and embracing   cutting-edge technology, the neon-lit city stretches away endlessly before you.

Interspersed   amongst its towering blocks are awe-inspiring temples and museums that proudly showcase   Japan’s rich heritage and history. Whether you’re into calligraphy or cherry blossoms and consumer   products.

Tokyo certainly has something for everyone to enjoy. Creative, innovative, and   quirky in equal measure, the massive metropolis is not to be missed out on when in Japan.

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