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Top 9 Experiences and Best Places to Visit in Japan

By on September 21, 2016

9 Best Places to Visit in Japan

Japan offers a truly unique experience – modern culture alongside a traditional one, palaces, castles and shrines alongside sky scrapers. The food, the outstanding nature and the amazing culture, all make Japan a must see destination. Check out our list of the best places to visit in Japan. What are you waiting for? Start planning your trip using our Japan travel guide!

 

Kyoto Attractions

In Kyoto you will meet old Japan – temples and shrines, magical gardens, traditional Japanese cuisine and local shops. It is stunningly beautiful and peaceful, and boasts over 1000 Buddhist temples, surrounded by sublime blossoms.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan, best places to visit in japan

Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Koyasan

Surrounded by forests and peaks, Koyasan is the center of Shingon Buddhism. It is also one of the best places to experience an overnight stay at a temple lodging,  where you experience a monk’s lifestyle, eating the monk’s cuisine and attending the morning prayers. It is an amazing and fascinating adventure.

Daimon Gate, the Ancient Entrance to Koyasan in Wakayama, best places to visit in japan

Daimon Gate, the Ancient Entrance to Koyasan in Wakayama

Fuji Mountain Guides

There are many beautiful places in japan, but Mt. Fuji definitely takes the lead. Climb Japan’s highest mountain between July and September for amazing views and a rewarding experience. Consider taking a guide with you to maximize your experience.

Mountain Fuji in spring at Kawaguchiko, japan and Cherry blossom Sakura, best places to visit in japan

Mountain Fuji in spring at Kawaguchiko, japan and Cherry blossom Sakura

Ryokan

Stay at the traditional Japanese style inns found throughout the country for a unique local experience. Ryokan are a chance to experience the traditional Japanese hospitality, sleep in futon beds, enjoy Japanese style baths and taste local cuisine.

Traditional Ryokan, Japan, best places to visit in japan

Traditional Ryokan, Japan

Sumo

Watch a traditional Sumo match. Sumo is a Japanese style of wrestling and Japan’s national sport.

Sumo match, best places to visit in japan

Sumo match

Onsen

Bathe in an Onsen, a natural hot spring. Hot springs have a very long history in Japan, and they are a big part of Japanese culture. There are over 3,000 “onsen” – or hot springs – in Japan.

Japan's natural bath - Onsen , best places to visit in japan

Japan’s natural bath – Onsen

Tokyo Tourist Attractions

Japan’s capital and ultimate urban experience, there is an endless number of things to do in Tokyo. Shops, restaurants, culture and entertainment, this bustling city has it all. Tokyo is exciting in innovative, from fashion to pop culture, skyscrapers and music.

Tokyo, Japan, best places to visit in japan

Tokyo, Japan

Yakushima Island

This magnificent island is knowns for its natural wonders – ancient forests, towering mountains and hot springs. Enjoy some amazing outdoor activities like hiking, bathing, snorkeling and enjoying the incredible scenery. It is truly one of the most amazing places in Japan.

lush rainforest on the southern island of Yakushima, Japan, best places to visit in japan

lush rainforest on the southern island of Yakushima, Japan

Torii gates in Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan, best places to visit in japan

Torii gates in Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

Nara, Japan at Koriyama Castle in the spring season, best places to visit in japan

Nara, Japan at Koriyama Castle in the spring season

 

Learn more:

Touring Plans for Japan’s Romantic Cherry Blossom Season 

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Head over to our Japan trip planner and start planning your trip today

Tell us about your trip to Japan! What were the best things to do in Tokyo? Where did you think were the best places to go in Japan? Let us know in the comments!

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