10 Best Places to Visit in Japan

From its bustling cities, ancient shrines and temples, beautiful mountain scenery, monuments, lovely gardens and museums. Japan is a beautiful and exciting destination to explore all year long.
Many say that the contrast between technology and tradition is the main attraction. So to help inspire you we’ve listed 10 Best Places to Visit in Japan. Image credits:

1. Tokyo
Tokyo is the capital city of Japan with a population of around 13 million people. It is the centre of politics, economy and culture in contemporary Japan.

Best Places to Visit in Japan

2. Takayama
Takayama is located in northern Gifu Prefecture. It is most famous for the Sanno-machi Historic District and the biannual Takayama Festival, which has been designated as one of Japan’s most beautiful festivals.

Best Places to Visit in Japan

3. Ishigaki  
If you're looking for a beach holiday in Japan then there are few, if any locations, which can rival the beautiful coastlines which surround Ishigaki and its neighbouring islands in the Yaeyama archipelago.


4. Kyoto  
Kyoto is old Japan writ large: quiet temples, sublime gardens, colourful shrines and geisha scurrying to secret liaisons

5. Nara
Japan's first permanent capital, Nara is one of the country's most rewarding destinations. With eight Unesco World Heritage Sites, it's second only to Kyoto as a repository of Japan's cultural legacy.

Nikko  is a town at the entrance to Nikko National Park, most famous for Toshogu, Japan's most lavishly decorated shrine and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate.


7.  Kanazawa 
Kanazawa's array of cultural attractions makes it the drawcard of the Hokuriku region. Best known for Kenroku-en, a castle garden dating from the 17th century, it also boasts beautifully preserved samurai and geisha districts, attractive temples, a wealth of museums and a wonderful market.


 8. Hiroshima
There are two World Heritage Sites in Hiroshima. One is Itsukushima Shrine and the other is the A-Bomb Dome of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Itsukushima Shrine is one of the most significant shrines in Japan, and the only shrine in the world which has a torii-gate and shrine building in the middle of the sea.


 9. Kamakura
The glory days of Japan's first feudal capital (from 1185 to 1333) coincided with the spread of populist Buddhism in Japan. This legacy is reflected in the area's proliferation of stunning temples.


 10. Koya-san 
Koyasan is historically regarded as one of the most sacred mountains in Japan. In particular, it is a holy ground representing the Shingon sect of esoteric Buddhism with a history dating back twelve hundred years.


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