Discovering Japan: The Land Of The Rising Sun
A visit to Japan is a captivating journey through dazzling traditions and voguish brilliance, with exciting stops all around. From historic cities with sophisticated transport systems, to snowcapped mountains, volcanic islands, and ancient Buddhist temples, this country offers a lively mix of sights infused with local culture.
Japan’s uniqueness and natural elegance is interwoven with a vibrant mix of rich, ancient traditions and inspiring modern technology. This ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ is full of amazing places to be discovered. Here is a list of some unique places not to miss in Japan:
This iconic city draws visitors from all over the world. It’s easy to travel around this city with an IC Card (transport pass), as it allows you to ride the trains and buses across Tokyo at a reasonable price. Just grab a city map and discover amazing places like, the shopping districts of Shibuya and Shinjuku, the unique Meiji Shrine near Harajuku, Senso-ji, the largest ancient Buddhist temple of Japan and Tokyo’s centre of nightlife Roppongi. You may also indulge in a foodie experience by trying some authentic sushi, at one of Tokyo’s many famous restaurants.
Hakone & Mt. Fuji
The Hakone area is famous for its hot springs and natural beauty and the gateway to Mt. Fuji, offering splendid views of the volcanic mountain. Zigzagging through the mountains on a Hakone Tozan switchback train is another adventurous journey that offers stunning views of the surrounding Hakone valleys. But if you’re feeling more adventurous, you could try climbing up Mt. Fuji for another delightful experience.
Kyoto & Nara
Kyoto is Japan’s cultural capital with over 2,000 shrines and temples. The Kinkaku-ji golden pavilion, is a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Kyoto you can hop on to a limited express train and reach Nara, an 8th century capital city of Japan. A major highlight of this city is Isui Garden, which offers stunning views of landscapes set against the majestic backdrop of Mt. Wakakusayama and the Todai-ji Temple. But arguably Nara’s biggest draw is its deer park, where over 1,200 wild sika deer roam freely. They are quite accustomed to humans and will walk right up to you, ready to make friends.
Despite being badly damaged during World War II, this landmark city has been transformed into a modern city over time. Explore the city by taking a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island on the Seto Inland Sea where you can enjoy peaceful wildlife, shrines, and temples.
Osaka is Japan’s third largest city. This large port city is well known for its modern architecture, amazing street food, and rollicking nightlife. Discover the historical 16th century Osaka Castle, Universal Studios, Shitennoji Temple and Floating Garden Observatory during the day and end your journey by enjoying the vibrant nightlife of Osaka.
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