Best Places to visit in Japan

Places to visit in Japan

For the first time, many travellers to Japan are always shocked to learn that this tiny Asian nation also boasts a rich and festive past stretching back thousands of years, one of the most advanced developed countries in the world. Places to visit in japan

Indeed, long before building many of the most impressive cathedrals in Europe, the Shinto and Buddhist temples of Japan were already well-known and attracted pilgrims and patrons for their frequently intricate designs and decorations. Simultaneously, the country had already mastered the skills and businesses that would lead it to riches, including fine porcelain and ceramics and textiles like silk.

1. Kyoto

Kyoto couldn’t be more distinct from Tokyo, but it’s just as thrilling.

Kyoto, one of the world’s most culturally rich cities, is what many travelers dream of when envisioning Japan. You could easily spend weeks walking the back streets, generations-old artisan shops and restaurants, ancient temples and gardens.

Like Tokyo, Kyoto offers fantastic day-trip options like Nara and Osaka (both featured below), along with Uji, Shigaraki, and more.

2. Shibuya

Shibuya Station’s famed “Scramble Crossing” is undoubtedly one of Tokyo’s most famous sights. This busy intersection carries foot traffic levels as high as 2.8 million individuals on an average weekday. Yes, that amounts to 2.8 million people a day! You need to make sure that you take the perfect selfie into the crossing’s follies when the signals turn red!

Besides Shibuya’s mind-blowing crossing, many of Tokyo’s hippest clothing brands can be found in this city. On or around Center Gai Lane, many cutting-edge fashion stores are located. A well-known iconic haunt for many shoppers, the famous Shibuya 109 shopping centre is just a few minutes away from the train station.

3. Tokyo Imperial

The Imperial Palace, Tokyo’s most famous landmark, with its stunning 17th-century parks surrounded by walls and moats, is a must-see when visiting the country’s capital. Don’t be offended because much of the palace is closed to the public (the Royal family still uses it), as there is still plenty to see simply by strolling the grounds.

Visitors are welcomed into the East Higashi-Gyoen Garden and other areas that are open to the public as part of a guided tour, in addition to the many fine views of the palace from various points in the surrounding parkland. The iconic Nijubashi Bridge, or “double bridge,” so named for its watery reflection, is one of the most romantic views.

4. Takayama

Takayama is a charming little town on the edge of the Japanese Alps and one of the best places to visit in Japan. Enjoy walking through the old town with traditional wooden buildings, vibrant shrines, shapely trees and bright red bridges across the river.

Don’t miss out on Takayama:

  • Wandering through the old city early in the morning until the crowds arrive.
  • Buying tasty fruits from the morning markets
  • Snacking on mitarashi-dango from a street stall (rice balls grilled in soy)
  • Seeing the extravagant floats at the Show Hall of the Festival Floats

5. Odaiba

Odaiba is located within Tokyo Bay and just beyond the Rainbow Bridge, a large artificial island. The island has some wonderfully extravagant shopping malls with a Ferris wheel and other fun. Odaiba will host a decent number of sporting events during the coming Summer Olympics in 2020, so enjoy it now before the crowds roll in!

The construction of a life-size Gundam Statue outside Diver City Mall makes Odaiba very popular with tourists. Odaiba also includes Oedo Onsen Monogatari, a natural hot spring theme park. Oedo Onsen Monogatari is undoubtedly worth the entry fee when you do not intend on visiting another person during your trips.

 

Don’t forget to add these seeing worthy destinations in the land of Japan on your next tour to Asian Continent. Places to visit in japan

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