Top 10 Places to Visit In Japan - The Country of Hardworkers.

 All visitors should at least consider visiting Japan. The country has everything you could ever want: futuristic skyscrapers, peaceful bamboo forests, neon arcades, and serene temples. You can't see this anywhere else on earth.

Top 10 Places to Visit In Japan - The Country of Hardworkers.

I would like to especially mention the food, the people, and the public transportation system. All three are among the most efficient in the world. Our favourite combination in travel is the ease of travel and the delightful disorientation.

Where should you start when travelling to Japan? Below, you will find our recommendations for the very best places to visit in Japan, and also suggestions for places you may want to visit again.

To see a different side of the country and escape the crowds, I recommend a mixture of some popular places (most people won't want to miss Tokyo and Kyoto) with quieter, more remote locations in Japan.

The Best Places to Visit in Japan:

1) Kyoto

Among Japan's destinations, Kyoto should be your number one choice. You couldn't imagine a more traditional Japan compared to this—geishas in colourful kimonos emerge from bamboo forest and wooded tea houses. 

It's hard to find the real Kyoto in the concrete high-rises of downtown, so go out towards the mountains to a place where you'll find stone streets, old wooden houses, and chants and gongs from temples and shrines.

There are many geishas to be seen in Gion, the temples of Higashiyama are worth exploring, and the traditional area of Arashiyama can be explored in the western hills. Bamboo groves and quirky temples can be seen here.

The famous temples in Kyoto are crowded in the morning, so try to visit them early as they are one of the top Japanese tourist spots.

2) Tokyo

The SkyTree in Tokyo is a top Japan destination, with the Sensoji Temple in the background. 

Japan's traditional capital is Kyoto, whereas Tokyo's modern equivalent is Tokyo. Here you'll find insane youth fashions, noisy arcades, busy pedestrian crossings, skyscrapers, and lots of incredible restaurants. You will have an amazing time in Tokyo if you only eat, since we were vegetarians and there were so many great dishes to try.

There are countless activities we haven't done in Tokyo, from cat and owl cafes to sensory overload at arcades and go-kart stands, to sensory overload to kid-friendly carnivals and pig races.

Tokyo was overwhelmingly bigger than Kyoto on my first visit, and I couldn’t help but compare it unfavourably to it. The food really helped to make me love the city, and although it doesn’t have quite as much attraction as Kyoto, there are still so many things to do you won’t want to skip it.

3) Takayama

Despite being one of the more overlooked towns in Japan, Takayama is a gorgeous place with the japanese Alps right in its eyes. It was thrilling to walk over the vibrant red bridges over the river and take in the historic centre full of traditional wooden houses, colorful shrines, neatly shaped trees, and colorful shrines.

4) Hakone

Mount Fuji is on the bucket list of many people, but it is often hidden by clouds and is difficult to spot.

There are a few places where you can see Hakone, but you can also see it from Kawaguchiko, which is another great option, as shown below, and there are lots of things to do in the area if you miss your chance.

It was a hazy, rainy day when we visited, but we were lucky enough to see the Mount Fuji emerge from cloud formations above Lake Ashi.

Another good reason to visit Hakone is the fact there are several ways to get around there, including bus, train, and pirate boat (yes, really!).

5) Kanazawa

There are few foreign tourists in Kanazawa, although this is one of Japan's most attractive cities. Kanazawa, a quieter place on the coast where you can see preserved wooden buildings, is a great choice as a quieter alternative to the bustling city of Kyoto.

In addition, there is a stunning castle, a beautiful garden, and a number of museums you should definitely check out to soak in the culture of the region.

6) Nikko

The temple town of Nikko is not too far away from Tokyo and a cool place to escape from the city bustle. A number of autumn colours can be found in the area.

There are over one hundred temples and shrines on the hillside, which are surrounded by vermillion gates and lanterns with moss-covered stone.

Toshogu Shrine is very popular; it consists of more than a dozen buildings decorated in gold and red amongst ancient cedar trees. In the evening, visit one of the quieter shrines since the crowds can be overwhelming.

7) Koya-San

It is difficult to escape the awe-inspiring scene above Mount Koya when you are in the country. There are several secluded temples in Kansai, every one of which has been built in forest-covered mountains. One thing that is special about this temple town is the shukubo, a Buddhist temple lodging that provides a true experience as a monk.

Following a wander through the evocative Okunoin forest cemetery, we checked in to our simple tatami room at the temple, enjoyed the communal onsen, and indulged in a hearty vegetarian meal of shojin ryori. For meditation and chanting ceremonies with the monks we were up early in the morning.

I highly recommend staying at Koya-san during your trip to Osaka or Kyoto.

8) Tsumago

The village of Tsumago in the Kiso Valley has long been idealized as a picture-perfect mountain village. A walk around the beautifully restored wooden inns feels like you've stepped back in time as you travel along traffic-free streets of one of Japan's best-preserved post towns.

Three centuries ago during the Edo period, Tsumago was one of the stops on the Nakasendo Way between Kyoto and Edo (now Tokyo). It will take two to three hours to hike part of the trail to Magome village. We weren’t able to walk through this park because of a typhoon, but it’s supposed to be scenic and easy to walk through.

9) Nara

Nara, Japan’s first capital, also has many UNESCO world heritage sites, including many of Japan’s historical treasures. Nara Park, which is surrounded by temples and wild deer, it’s one of the top Japanese attractions and makes for an enjoyable day trip from Kyoto.

There can be few things quite like seeing the Daibutsu-den at Todaiji—it’s the world’s largest wooden building. It is an astonishing sight. The statue of Buddha inside the temple is 15 metres tall and was made of gold and bronze in 751.

10) Hiroshima

Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum and Park is a fitting place to remember all those who lost their lives in the atomic bombing. Stay and explore the modern city that is almost entirely rebuilt after World War II.

Itsukushima shrine is famed for its floating torii gate at nearby Miyajima Island, but it is currently under renovation for at least a year. Hiroshima is often combined with a trip to the floating torii gate.

Another delightful local delicacy is okonomiyaki, a thick pancake of vegetable and noodle batter.

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