Delicious Food – Beautiful Landscapes – Energetic Cities – Captivating Past – Plenty to See
People often surprise to learn that apart from being an advanced industrialized nation, the country has a diversified and fascinating history. It is indeed part of an ancient civilization. Japan has always been a rich nation when it comes to skills whether it is trade or other advancements. These skills finally set it on the path to riches, from fine porcelains and ceramics to textiles such as silk and eventually an industrialized country. Boasting an unending list of top attractions and points of interest to discover, a vacation in Japan is surely a great investment of time and money. The 2017 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report ranked Japan 4th out of 141 countries overall, which was the highest in Asia. Japan has 21 World Heritage Sites and the country attracted 31.19 million international tourists in 2018.
Let us discover a few of the best places to visit in the country being one of the tourist attractions.
- Mount Fuji
Without any doubt, Japan’s most familiar landmark, magnificent Mount Fuji is also the country’s highest mountain peak. It is a lofty peak with a height of 3,776 meters. It is a largely flat landscape to the south and east. This splendid and epic mountain is tall enough to be seen from Tokyo, more than 100 kilometres away. For centuries, Mount Fuji has been celebrated in art and literature and eventually, it became an important icon that in 2013, UNESCO documented its world cultural significance. Of course, for many, merely watching the mountain from the distance, or from the comfort of a speeding train, is enough to feel it.
- Imperial Tokyo
Tokyo’s most eminent landmark, the Imperial Palace with its attractive 17th-century parks surrounded by walls and moats, is a place must visit. Along with many magnificent views of the palace from several points in the surrounding parkland, visitors are allowed into the East Higashi-Gyoen Garden and areas, which are opened to the public. One of the most idealistic views is of the well-known Nijubashi Bridge, or “double bridge,” so named for its watery replication.
- Historic Kyoto
Kyoto is one of the most visited cities in Japan. It is one of the few cities in the country to be safe from the destruction of World War II. It attracts more than 10 million visitors yearly. Most visitors reach there to explore Kyoto’s old streets and architecture. Surprisingly most of the places within the city are unchanged since the Imperial family took up residence here more than 1,000 years ago. The city has several museums and art galleries, each full of significant sculptures, paintings, and other art forms.
- The Island Shrine of Itsukushima
By taking a short ferry ride from mainland Hiroshima, there comes the island of Miyajima, a well-known Shrine Island of Japan. It covers an area of 30 square kilometres in Hiroshima Bay, Miyajima has the most significant Itsukushima Shrine which is a Shinto temple. The majority of the shrine’s buildings rise out of the waters of a small bay maintained only by piles. The effect at high tide is simply spectacular. It further makes these structures seem as if they are floating on water.
- The Atsuta Shrine, Nagoya
The Atsuta Shrine is located in the heart of the city of Nagoya. It is indeed the utmost important Shinto shrine in Japan and attracts more than five million visitors each year. It was established in the first century. It is famous for its conserved Imperial insignia, the “grass-mowing sword” (Kusanagi-no-tsurugi), one of only three in the country.
There are also many other shrines like Hongu which is surrounded by an enclosed wall. It is again a must to visit a place in Japan.