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10 Interesting Places in Japan

Traveling to Japan is always a happy time. Japan is not an expensive place to travel. You can enjoy a budget trip in Japan, so money can’t be your reason why you aren’t traveling to Japan. If you can plan a trip well, enjoy a budget trip in Japan isn’t a dream. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why many people from all over the world come to Japan. The other reason is because Japan offers beautiful historical sites, interesting culture, and a breathtaking view of cherry blossoms. Here are some overviews of interesting places in Japan.


1. Hiroshima

Located on Honshu Island, Hiroshima is well-known as the first city in the world that bombed by an atomic bomb. It happened on August 6, 1945, and destroyed the city. The famous landmark is Peace Memorial Park. The other landmark is Shukkeien garden that has beautiful scenery of nature. Around the main pond of the garden, visitors can enjoy the scenery while they are drinking tea at the tea houses. To travel from Tokyo to Hiroshima you can choose to go by the shinkansen bullet trains, highway bus, air, or local trains.


2. Kanazawa

Kanazawa is the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. One of Japan’s “three best landscape gardens” can be found in Kanazawa. It is Kenrokuen, a garden with a variety of beautiful flowering trees that give different look for each season. There are some tea houses in the garden that provide Japanese tea and traditional Japanese food.  Another famous landmark is Nagamachi Samurai District. It is a place where samurai and their families used to reside and located at the foot of the former Kanazawa Castle. From Tokyo, you can take the train, bus, or plane to go to Kanazawa. It takes 2.5 to 3 hours by Train, around 7-8 hours by bus, and around 1 hour by plane.


3. Tokyo

As Japan’s capital, Tokyo offers the atmosphere of a bustling metropolis city. You can definitely feel that atmosphere in Shibuya Crossing. It is a busy intersection and hundreds of people cross it at a time. Many restaurants, bars, night clubs, and department store can be found here. Another famous Shibuya district’s landmark is the statue of Hachiko. It is located in front of Shibuya Station.

Shinjuku and Harajuku also become the must place to visit when people are visiting Tokyo. Shinjuku is famous for its shopping area (the East Exit) and the business area (the West Exit). The East Exit consists of department stores and large-scale stores. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the center of Tokyo’s administration, is located in the West Exit.  You can also find some public art installation in the area of the West Exit. Meanwhile, Harajuku is famous for its stores selling affordable fashionable items. Free to choose the clothes and accessories that fit your style!


4. Kamakura

Located in the south of Tokyo, Kamakura has many temples, shrines, and historical monument. Sometimes Kamakura is called “Kyoto of eastern Japan” because it has many temples and shrines — same as Kyoto. The main landmark is Great Buddha of Kamakura. It is a statue of Amida Buddha made from bronze. The Great Buddha is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. Hasedera (Hase temple) is also one of the favorite destinations. It is a temple of the Jodo sect and is 9.18 meter tall. If you want to go Kamakura from Tokyo, you can choose JR Yokosuka Line. The trains also stop at several stations such as Shinagawa Station, Yokohama Station, and Kita-Kamakura Station.


5. Ishigaki

Ishigaki is the main island of Yaeyama archipelago, located to the west of Okinawa. It is quite different from other cities in Japan. Ishigaki doesn’t have the shrines and temples but its beaches are the best. It has sandy and rocky beaches such as Yonehara Beach, Sukuji Beach, and Sunset Beach. Visitors can spend their time playing water sports or climbing Mount Nosoko. There are a lot of hotels, restaurants, and bars on this island. Choose the best one and enjoy your holiday.


6. Nikko

The best time to visit Nikko is fall, when the colors of leaves make the landscape even more beautiful. Nikko is famous for its Toshogu, known as Japan’s most lavishly decorated shrine. The shrine consists of more than a dozen buildings set in a beautiful forest, countless wood carvings and large amounts of gold leaf. The other famous attraction is The Shinkyo Bridge which stands at the entrance to Nikko’s shrines and temples. This bridge was constructed in 1636 and technically belongs to Futarasan Shrine. It is located one kilometer from the shrine grounds. Nikko is located in the north of Tokyo and connected with Tokyo by Tobu Railway and Japan Railway.


7. Kyoto

Kyoto consists of several districts that will impress you. One of the famous places in Kyoto is Arashiyama, which is located in Western Kyoto. The central landmark of Arashiyama is the Togetsukyo Bridge. Try to ride a bicycle or take a walk through the bamboo groves. It will make you more relaxed and ready to enjoy nature. Another famous place is Fushimi Inari Shrine. Located in the southern Kyoto, it is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates. For you who love nature and culture and want to take a rest for a while from the bustling atmosphere, then visiting Kyoto is a must. You can easily go there by shinkansen or highway bus from Tokyo.


8. Koya-san

Koya-san, or Mount Koya, is located on a wooded mountain as the center of Shingon Buddhism. Kobo Daishi is one of Japan’s most significant religious figures who introduced Shingon Buddhism (Buddhist sect) to Japan. There is also a small town that was developed around the sect’s headquarters. Visitors are allowed to stay overnight at a temple lodging (sukubo). They can experience a monk’s lifestyle, eat vegetarian monk’s cuisine, and attend the morning prayers. The most convenient way to go to Koyasan is by Nankai Railway and then ride the cable car to Koyasan.


9. Nara

Nara is located not far from Kyoto. It takes less than one hour to go to Nara from Kyoto. Nara was known as Japan’s first permanent capital, established in 710. Because of its history, there are a lot of historical places. You can find Japan’s largest and oldest temple such as Todaiji temple, Horyuji temple, and Toshodaiji temple.  Nara’s other landmark is central city park named Nara Park where you can see and interact with wild deer. Visitors can buy deer crackers and feed them. There are two railway companies that can be your choices to travel between Nara and Kyoto. Japan Railways (JR) takes 45 minutes and Kintetsu Railways takes about 35-45 minutes from Kyoto Station to JR Nara Station (for JR) or Kintetsu Nara Station (for Kintetsu Railways).


10. Takayama

Travelers who love to add a rural elements into their itineraries must add Takayama. It is a city which keeps the traditional touch and suitable for you who want to experience life in a rural setting. The main attraction of this city is Takayama’s old town, a town with many beautiful buildings and whole streets of houses dating from the Edo Period (1600-1868). You can also enjoy the Takayama Festival which is held twice a year in spring and autumn. This festival is ranked as one of Japan’s three most beautiful festivals and attracts large numbers of visitors. If you want to visit Takayama, you may consider the Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass and Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket. It also includes access to Takayama and surrounding destinations.



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Originally posted 2017-03-29 06:57:59.

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