Japan: 10 Best Places You NEED to Visit

Japan is an enthralling destination for visitors. Combining the appeal of an ancient and unfamiliar culture with all the trappings of one of the world powerhouses in knowledge, entertainment, fashion, and innovation, Japan is an expedition of discovery wherever you go. Japan is made up with five main islands of Hokkaido in the far north, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu to the tropical thousand-island archipelago that includes Okinawa. Take a look at the best places you must visit in Japan!

1. Tokyo

Tokyo is Japan’s capital and the one of the world’s most populous metropolis.  This city has dazzling neon lights, tall skyscrapers, crowded trains, cutting-edge architecture and innovative technology. But it also has beautiful shrines, rock garden, excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. Sensō-ji, Nakamise and Meiji Shrine are one of the popular attractions in Tokyo.

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The ancient name of this city was “Edo”.

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2. Kyoto

With its shrines and spring cherry tree blossoms, Kyoto is one of Japan’s most beautiful cities. This city is a classic blend of ancient and modern, with the beautiful metropolitan sprawl of downtown Kyoto contrasting against the ultra modern Kyoto Station and other shiny structures. Fushimiinari Shrine , Chikurin no michi and Nijo-jo Castle  are some popular tourist attractions in Kyoto.

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Kyoto Tourism

3. Osaka

Osaka is situated in the Kansai region of Honshu on Osaka Bay. It is Japans industrial powerhouse and the innovative commercial capital. this city is famous for its people and food. This city is famous for its people and food. Osakans are welcoming and friendly more than anywhere else in Japan. Osaka Castle, Shitennō-ji Temple, The Tempozan Ferris wheel and Umeda Sky Building are famous among tourists.

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Osaka is the second largest city of Japan.

Tourist attractions in Osaka

4. Hiroshima

Hiroshima is the major city of the Chugoku Region and is a contemporary, sophisticated city with outstanding cuisine and a bustling nightlife. Hiroshima has many tourist attractions, including a reconstructed castle and renowned gardens, and is effortless to navigate, on foot or by streetcar. For a fact, this city became famous after world’s first atomic bomb attack, on August 6, 1945.

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5. Yokohama

Yokohama is positioned in the center of Japan, next to the coast of Japan’s Pacific Ocean. Yokohama has been robustly acquiring new cultures from overseas countries and introducing it to Japan. This city is known as the birthplace of Japan’s modern culture. This city always has been very jovial at enjoying life and willing to accept whatever is good.

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Yokohama is one of the top Japanese Government designated cities.

Yokohama city does not have its own airport. Read more about Yokohama

6. Nara

This city is one of the most ancient cities of Japan and has the biggest number of buildings designated as National Treasures. Nara Park is the heart of the city, and close to it is the Todaiji Temple and home to Japan’s biggest Buddha statue. However the city’s modern-day charms lie in Naramachi, it is a historic commercial area in the heart of the city.

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Visitors arrive via either Osaka’s Itami domestic Airport or Kansai International Airport because Nara city does not have its own airport.

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7. Kanazawa

Kanazawa is the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. This city has many historical attractions as well as modern museums for its visitors. The cuisine of Kanazawa is famous all over Japan, specially its seafood. Kanazawa area is located in between hot south and cold north currents. Kanazawa also get heavy amount of rain, and it earn the nickname “the Seattle of Japan”.

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The nearest airport of Kanazawa is in Komatsu.

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8. Hakone

Hakone is a town in Japan. It is a part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Hakone is a mountainous place that is popular for its tranquility and natural beauty and is a perfect destination for Japanese people as well as tourists from abroad. Hakone Shrine, Lake Ashinoko and Moto Hakone are best tourist attractions over there.

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9. Toyama

Toyama is a naturally beautiful prefecture in Japan. It offers hiking, mountain views and sightseeing tours to the visitors. The serenity in this prefecture makes it perfect place to relax your mind and enjoy nature’s beauty at its best. Toyama has many attractions like Kurobe Dam and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route- which is a famous mountain sightseeing route.

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Tourist attractions in Toyama Prefecture

10. Yamagata

Yamagata is also a prefecture that is located on Japan’s Honshu Island. This prefecture is the home to forested mountains, scenic views, hot springs and many other sightseeing locations. The hiking trails in Yamagata prefecture attract a lot of tourists from around the world. Mount Zao is the most popular attraction in this prefecture.

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Yamagata Prefecture

Japan has an enthralling and versatile culture along with mesmerizing locations to visit; on the one hand it is sharp in the warmth of traditions dating back thousands of years. If you are looking for something special you are certain to find it here!

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