When we think of Japan, the first thing that usually comes to mind are the vivid pictures of ninjas, samurais, and cherry blossoms. However, there is more to this country than what meets the eye. Japan is currently taking the world in storm with its modern technology. This island nation has a lot of things to offer – a combination of culture, history and modern sights. From ancient temples and shrines, geishas with their tea ceremonies, lovely gardens, modern hotels and others, you will surely have a great time in Japan.
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Let’s take a closer look at the 10 best spots to visit in Japan:
If you are a person who loves to mingle and associate with other people, Tokyo is the best place to be. The capital of the country is considered as the most populous city in the whole world. From the interesting sights at the Tuskiji fish market, to the traditional gardens where you can view cherry blossoms, you will enjoy the interesting blend that the city has to offer. Even just a walk in the streets of Tokyo will give you that hyperactive experience. With the bars and restaurants in the area, your nights will never be a bore, not to mention the lovely Japanese ladies you can meet in them.
This city was the very first permanent capital of the country, bearing the name Heijo. In 784, the capital had to be transferred to Nagaoka after powerful Buddhist monasteries threatened the government. This city is situated less than an hour ride from Kyoto. If you are interested in seeing history, this is the place to be. Here you will enjoy seeing the largest and oldest temples in Japan. You might especially like visiting the Todaiji Temple and see the cantilevered buildings and well-manicured lawns. You can even see deer running around the grounds too!
According to the history of Japan, Kyoto was the country’s imperial capital for over 1,000 years. It is situated on the main Honshu Island, and home to about 1.5 million people. It is also known as the City of 10,000 Shrines. Given the name, you can expect to see thousands of amazing Shinto shrines, such as the well-known Fushimi Inari Shrine, as well as other Buddhist temples. Aside from these temples and Shrines, Kyoto is also famous for all its lovely gardens, as well as a special celebration that happens every July, the Gion Matsuri Festival, which is often regarded as the best in the entire Japan.
Nikko is very famous because of Toshogu at the Nikko National Park, considered as the most lavish shrine in Japan, as well as Tokugawa Ieyasu’s mausoleum. Another famous attraction in the area includes the red-lacquered Shin-kyo Bridge. This national park offers amazing sceneries to the lakes, mountainous landscapes, wild monkeys, waterfalls, as well as several other hiking trails. The best time to visit Nikko as it a fall, because the leaves will start transforming the entire landscape with amazing color bursts.
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Japan’s bigger cities, Takayama is the best place to be. This is where you can enjoy the peace and quiet that you are looking for. Hida-Takayama is a tourist town where you can simply experience rural life. It is situated just near the northern part of the Japan Alps, and is well known for being home to one of the most preserved towns in Japan. Sanmachi is the most beautiful part of the old city, consisting of three narrow lanes which is packed with little boutiques and wooden buildings where sake is brewed.
Hiroshima is a city known in world history, after becoming a victim of an atomic bomb dropping during the World War II. For this reason, the attractions of the city focuses on peace. This is where you can see the Peace Memorial Museum, Peace Memorial and the Peace Park. Aside from these, there are also pleasant attractions that will surely lift your hearts out, including the sunken garden of Shukkein-en and the Hiroshima Castle.
This town is located on the coastal area, less than an hour travel from Tokyo. It used to be a very important town, serving as the seat of a Japanese military government which ruled the nation for a hundred years. The modern day Kamakura, however, is now a relaxed seaside resort which is often referred to as the Kyoto of the Eastern Japan because of its shrines and temples. One of the famous attractions include the Daibutsu, a large Buddha made of bronze.
The modern day Kanazawa is the capital of the Ishikawa Prefecture. It values arts, and serve as home to a very attractive old town. The traditional interior city areas are very imminent of the traces of the past. The traditional interior city locations, including Higashi Chaya, a beautiful geisha teahouse district, as well as the Nagamachi and its samurai houses, stay intact, allowing visitors to enjoy their visit around.
Ishigaki is situated west of Okinawa, and is considered as the main beach destination in Japan. It is also the best base if you want to explore other islands, especially the ones in the Yaeyama archipelago. It has the best beaches, and popular among families because the Maezato and Fusaki beaches are net-protected. While it may not have the famous temples and shrines of other cities, it has an amazing nightlife, perfect for tourists who still have the energy at the end of the day after exploring Mount Nosoko, or doing other water sports.
10. Mount Koya
Mount Koya, or Koya-San is the center of Shingon Buddhism. It is a sect which has been practiced in the nation after being introduced by Kobo Daishi. It serves as the sect’s headquarters. The site of the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, serves as its main tourist attraction. This wooded Koya San is also the starting and the ending point of the famous Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage. Here, you can enjoy experiencing the life of a monk, as you are also allowed to stay overnight within the temple facilities.
However, staying overnight can be a hit or miss because of its cleanliness. If you ever need advice on how to make sure a room is clean check out this guide from The Sleep Studies. Although the temple is hardly a hotel, the same concepts definitely apply.
Indeed, Japan is blessed with rich history and culture. You have everything here. There are also several amazing hotels if you are looking for good accommodation while staying in the area. Traveling around alone in these wonderful places may be good, but you can also opt to meet some beautiful Japanese ladies to tour you around for a more exciting adventure.
After a day of exploring all these wonderful sights mentioned above, head out to the best restaurants and bars in each of the cities, where you can enjoy a taste of modern Japan. There you can also associate and meet people who are also interested in meeting tourists and visitors exploring their country. Just take note of some local customs that the entire country is still strictly observing.
One of these is the culture on tipping. Japanese local customs do not accept tipping in bars, restaurants, or other service oriented locations because they believe that service is already included in the money that you pay, and that it is their obligation to let you experience the best.