Japan is a must-see place to see how the world can blend in between history and nature with modern technology, trends, and styles. Japan boasts 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is adorned with temples, Shinto shrines, monuments, and other modern technological wonders. But with so many attractions to choose from within the city, the suburbs or even the island, one can become overwhelmed. Here are 10 attractions that must be visited when you travel to Japan.
Tokyo is the capital of modern Japan and unlike other countries, this place makes tourists do not want to rush to move elsewhere. Tokyo itself has so many fascinating charms to discover for tourists. Going to Shinjuku, we will be fascinated by skyscrapers or fashion streets like Harajuku or Shibuya to see the trends and fashion styles of Japanese youth. After that, you can go to Ginza which is known as a shopping paradise. If that's not your style, you can also visit the old-fashioned temple district. In the morning, you can go to the Tsujiki market for an early breakfast with the freshest sashimi and sushi in Japan. Regardless, Tokyo is one of the capital cities that oppose stereotypes and is really worth visiting.
Japan and Kyoto will appear in the minds of many people. Kyoto is a modern city that looks like a dream and is rich in cultural heritage. You will find magnificent temples, palaces and gardens and the symbol of Japan's rich cultural, artistic, and traditional treasures and its most delicious cuisine. Kyoto is a major backbone during the time of the great empire and now stands as a proof of Japan's greatness, with over 2,000 temples and temples, many beautiful gardens and other forms of cultural heritage. The most iconic building here is Kinkakuji perched on the edge of a quiet pool, which reflects itself in the golden sunlight. Kinkakuji used the retirement villa for Shogun but is now used as a Zen Buddhist temple. Meanwhile, the famous Shinto symbol here is Fushimi Inari Taisha, where you will pass thousands of torii from the foot of the hill to the temple.
Just one hour train from Kyoto, Osaka is almost like a mixture of Tokyo and Kyoto. Osaka Castle is a rich cultural heritage. Only about 40 minutes from this place you will find other famous attractions, such as Himeji Castle, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another nearby location to visit is Kobe with the remnants of the devastating 1995 earthquake. However, the real reason most tourists come here is because of the famous Kobe beef.
4. Mount Fuji
As the highest mountain in Japan with a height of 3776 m, Mount Fuji is a famous volcano with its natural symmetrical cone which has become a symbol of Japan. The mountain is located on Honshu Island, southwest of Tokyo. These beautiful mountains are loved by artists, poets, and photographers and have been listed as part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site for inspiring many artists over the centuries. Mount Fuji is one of the Three Holy Mountains together with Mount Tate and Mount Haku. Climbing the peak of an active volcano is very difficult but useful. It is estimated there are about 200,000 people climbing Mount Fuji every year and 30% of the total are foreigners.
As another former ancient capital of Japan in the Kansai region, Nara offers many remnants of its former glory with eight temples, temples and ruins around the city. Due to frequent loss of prestige with Kyoto, this place is often empty of tourists but still provides many secrets and wonders to be admired. The famous sights in Nara are Todai-Ji Temple, Kofuku-Ji Pagoda in Nara center, Kasuga Temple, Heikokyu Castle, Nara Park, Isui-en Park, and many others.