So you are thinking about traveling Japan,but not sure which areas to visit. Well let me help you with that. Because today, I’m gonna talk about 10 best places to visit in Japan. This article is all about helping you guys learn about Japan and enrich your trip.
Today I’m gonna tell you my most recommended 10 very best places from which you can choose depending on your interest and the time you’re planning to stay. So, Here we go!
If you are coming to Japan for the first time, and only have a week or so, then you should consider one or two of following 4 places.
Tokyo is the capital of Japan, and world’s most populated area. This lively metropolis shows you high-tech visions of the future, side by side with glimpses of old Japan.
Akihabara district has been famous for many electronics shops, and now is a mecca of anime and manga culture. Shibuya is the center for youth fashion and culture, along with shopping, dining and nightclubs.
Asakusa, where an atmosphere of old Tokyo still survives. Ueno Park, filled with top-notch museums. When you are tired of busy city life, Mount Takao and Shinjuku Gyoen serve you well.
So basically Tokyo has something for every traveler. If you don’t like what you see.You can hop on the train to the next station, and you will find something completely different.
If you are interested in history, temples, Zen culture and such, the old capital Kyoto is your promising destination. Arashiyama is a touristy district with bamboo forest and monkey park.
Fushimi Inari Shrine, the most picturesque shrine with thousands of Japanese Torii gates. Kinkakuji, a Zen temple covered with gold. And beautiful nature such as Sakura in Spring and foliage in autumn.
If you want to immerse yourself in Japanese culture, Kyoto is the best place to do so.
Osaka has a history of serving as “the Nation’s Kitchen”. So this is the best place for food lovers. This city is as lively as Tokyo, has excellent shopping options, and is filled with the most friendly people of Japan.
Osaka Castle is a landmark of Osaka that houses an museum about the castle’s history. Dotonbori is a popular destination for shopping, entertainment, and food. Shinsekai, an nostalgic district, famous for Osaka Specialty Kushikatsu.
Den Den Town, an electronics district comparable to Tokyo’s Akihabara. Kaiyukan, one of Japan’s most spectacular aquariums. One common phrase I hear a lot in Osaka is, “I love this food! but I have no idea what I am eating!” Welcome to Japan 🙂
You may know Hiroshima for the horrific event where the first atomic bomb was dropped. Well low and behold, about 70 years after that, Hiroshima is now a modern, cosmopolitan city with excellent culture, nature, and cuisine.
Peace Memorial Park and Museum document the atomic bomb and its aftermath. Miyajima is a small island outside the Hiroshima city, and is most famous for its giant Torii gate on the sea. Shukkeien is a beautiful Japanese garden well worth a visit.
Last but not least, try Hiroshima’s soul food Okonomiyaki. It’s a Japanese pancake made with various ingredients. And the best place to experience that is Okonomimura, a building that contains over 30 Okonomiyaki restaurants.
Oh, are you visiting Japan for 2 weeks? In that case, in addition to the 4 places I have mentioned, I suggest you take excursions to Kamakura, Nikko, and Nara.
Kamakura is popular for dozens of temples and its beautiful beaches. You can find the famous bronze statue Great Buddha. Hokokuji Temple houses lovely bamboo grove.
Hasedera Temple offers an excellent view over the bay. Enoshima, a popular beach destination with a laid-back surfer vibe. Kamakura is just 1 hour away from Tokyo, yet it guarantees you a relaxing day trip.
Nikko is a small town to the north of Tokyo, and has a deep connection with Tokugawa Shogunate in Edo period. Toshogu is the burial place of the first Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Whereas Taiyuinbyo is for the 3rd Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu.
Kanman-ga-fuchi Abyss offers a pleasant walking trail. If you have more time, you can stretch your trip to Okunikko, where beautiful lake, mountains, hot springs, and waterfalls await you.
Nara was the capital of Japan in 8th century. The city flourished under the influence of Buddhism, which led to the creation of numerous cultural assets, many of which are still preserved today.
Todaiji Temple is home to Japan’s second largest Buddha statue. Isuien is a spacious Japanese garden near Todaiji Temple. Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated Shinto shrine.
Nara Park, the Central city park home to adorable deer. If you want to enjoy nature and culture both at the same time, Nara is the city I recommend most.
You are staying for a month? Wow, you must be an expert traveler. Well in any case, let me briefly introduce Hokkaido, Okinawa, and Takayama. They may be a little bit hard to navigate, but it will be totally worth it.
Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands, and its unspoiled nature attracts many outdoor lovers. It is vast, and I can’t cover all in this this article, but let me just mention some of the best places. Sapporo is the main city of Hokkaido.
Furano is famous for beautiful fields of lavender. Biei is surrounded by picturesque landscapes. Niseko is a leading snow resort, while Noboribetsu is a famous hot spring resort. Asahikawa offers the famous Asahiyama Zoo.
Okinawa is the south most prefecture of Japan, consisting of 160 islands. Its surrounding seas show you beautiful coral reefs and marine wildlife. Consequently, scuba diving and snorkeling are among Okinawa’s top attractions.
Okinawa’s main island offers cultural Shuri Castle, lively Kokusaidori Street, and beautiful Churaumi aquarium, but Okinawa’s true gems are hidden on the surrounding islands, such as Iriomote Island, Ishigaki Island, Miyako Island.
Takayama is famous for its well-preserved area with Edo-style streets. It also has amazing day-trip destinations such as Shirakawago, a historic village famous for the unique style farmhouses.
Kamikochi, a popular hiking spot with mountainous scenery and undeveloped nature. Okuhida, a hot spring destination that offers many attractive outdoor baths. If you think you have seen most of Japan, then try Takayama, and you will be wowed.
There are so many other places I want to introduce, like Atami, Hakone, Nagano, Fukuoka, Yakushima, Koya. The list goes on but when I have to choose very best 10, these are the places I recommend you most.