10 of the Most Amazing Places to Visit in Japan

by Marc De Laria
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10 of the Most Amazing Places to Visit in Japan

Japan is one of the most beautiful, diverse and cultural places in the world, with so many must-see locations. I’m gonna try to break it down for you guys and tell you about 10 of the most amazing places that this incredible country has to offer.

10. Nikko

Not many people outside of Japan know much about this place but it’s definitely a place you’ll want to make time for on your trip.

Nikko is a town located at the entrance to the Nikko National Park and it’s probably most famous for having the most extravagantly decorated shrine in all of Japan, the Toshogu Shrine.

Nikko National Park has plenty of mountainous hiking trails as well as lakes, waterfalls, and hot springs and is home to wild monkeys. It’s a very beautiful place.

This is also the place to go for anyone who is a fan of Samurai and Ninjas. You can learn a lot about their history here!

Nikko is also located on Japan’s Romantic Road.

9. Hokkaido

The main reason why you will want to visit Hokkaido is for the insane skiing/snowboarding in wintertime.

It’s Japan’s northernmost island which means it doesn’t get as hot as the rest of the country in the summer time but it does get a heck of a lot colder in winter, with heavy snowfall.

By the way, when I say heavy snowfall, I mean HEAVY snowfall! It’s pretty normal for Hokkaido to receive 15+ metres of powder every season.

Arguably the best, and probably the most well-known ski resort in all of Japan is Niseko, located on the island of Hokkaido.

Actually, scratch that.

This is one of the best ski locations in the world!

8. Okinawa

One of the most popular beach destinations in Japan, Okinawa is Japan’s southernmost group of islands.

Perfect for those who just want to chill on the beach. It is also an ideal spot for snorkelling and diving, with plenty of coral reefs surrounding the area.

If you want to experience underwater life without actually getting wet, Okinawa is also home to the largest aquarium in Japan!

On top of all this, it has perfect, tropical summer weather!

7. Ishigaki

Located about 2000 kilometres south of Tokyo, Ishigaki is not as well-known as Okinawa but it is still home to some of the most beautiful beaches that you can find.

Although it doesn’t have the temples and shrines that most of Japan’s big cities have, Ishigaki makes up for it with awesome nightlife, plenty of watersports and you can also climb Mount Nosoko.

This place is ideal for both travellers and family holidays alike.

6. Mount Fuji

Wow.

Not many other words can be used to describe the sheer scale and beauty of Japan’s highest mountain.

At nearly 4 km tall, this volcano stands alone, with no other neighbouring mountains, allowing it to be visible for miles and miles in every direction.

If you don’t have the opportunity to climb it, I highly recommend just taking a day and driving around the base of it, stopping off at various places along the way. You will be able to take some of the best photos ever!

However, if you do make the climb, the view from the top is arguably one of the most stunning views in the world!

5. Hiroshima

Most people have heard of Hiroshima. Unfortunately, most only know Hiroshima for the tragic events of 1945, when the US dropped the first-ever atomic bomb on the city.

The Atomic Dome (the building where the bomb fell on top) is still standing to this day and it’s quite a sight to see. Right next to this is the Peace Memorial Garden. One of the most amazing places I have ever been, not just for how it looks, but also for the message it portrays, advocating world peace and global disarmament of nuclear weapons.

For a place that has witnessed one of the worst events in history, it’s truly amazing how the city has been rebuilt and how the people’s spirits were never broken.

Visiting Hiroshima will have quite a different feel to it, compared to the rest of your travelling as a lot of the stuff that you see can be quite heavy and emotional, but it’s also one of the most insightful and memorable experiences of my life. You can’t miss it!

4. Miyajima (Itsukushima)

This is a small island about an hour outside Hiroshima and man is it an amazing place!

Most famous for its shrine built in the water, the Itsukushima shrine appears to float on the surface of the water at high tide. This is ranked as one of the top 3 sights in the whole of Japan!

Also on the island, are many walking trails through the forests that cover the land. There are also plenty of other shrines dotted around the place.

One of the coolest things about this place is the fact that wild deer roam the island and they have become accustomed to humans and casually roam the same streets as all of the tourists. Some of them will even come up to you!

All in all, this is one of the more unique and scenic islands I have been to.

3. Kyoto

Kyoto served as the capital city of Japan for over 1000 years until 1868. It’s now Japan’s 7th largest city and is one of the more popular destinations for foreigners.

It is littered with ancient shrines and temples including Kinkakuji (the Golden Temple) and the Torii Gates, located at the Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Kyoto is also a destination to look out for, come cherry blossom season!

2. Osaka

Osaka is Japan’s second-biggest city and has so many cool things to see and do.

It has a more modern appeal compared to some other places, with one of the top attractions being Universal Studios. But that’s not all Osaka is.

It has a stunning aquarium as well as plenty more shrines and temples.

Also, for all you food fans, if you go to Osaka, you have to try Okonomiyaki (find out more about it here). This is one of my absolute favourite Japanese foods and Osaka is famous for doing its best.

1. Tokyo

I know, quite an obvious one!

But it is true, that Tokyo is one of the most incredible cities on Earth.

Its insane population of more than 30 million people is symbolised by the Shibuya crossing (the busiest crossing in the world)! People think that New York is the city that never sleeps…

It’s filled with more restaurants than you could eat at in a lifetime (literally)! You can have one of the best shopping days ever if you’re into that. There are literally so many things to do in this city that I’m not going to spend hours listing them all!

Just like most other cities in Japan, Tokyo is home to many really cool temples and shrines, but it has maybe my favourite, the Meiji Shrine. When you’re wandering around this shrine it’s quite hard to believe that you’re in the middle of a city, given that the whole place is surrounded by dense woods. On New Year, over 1 million people gather at this shrine to celebrate!

There you go guys, 10 of the most amazing places to visit in Japan. Feel free to comment and tell us about your favourite places in Japan too!

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