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Discover Famous Destinations of Japanese Mythology

Japan is rich in culture and ancient traditions, with fascinating and enchanting folk tales and mythology. We have put together a list of some of the most famous locations, that are definitely worth a visit! But don’t take our word for it, check them out for yourself!  

1. The Yonaguni Monument

According to Japanese mythology, this is known as Japan’s Atlantis!  Discovered in 1987, this giant monolith of a structure is located underwater near the Ryukyu Islands.  Although people cannot agree if the structure is man-made or a natural formation, scientists believe early humans inhabited the site, about 10,000 years ago.


2. The Vine Bridges of Iya Valley

Iya Valley is one of three hidden Japanese valleys, located in the Tokushima metro region. Japanese mythology states that refugees and outcasts  made these bridges for the purpose of escaping society. Today this valley is a popular tourist attraction because of its natural, undisturbed beauty. Would you walk across a bridge made of vines? 


3. Kochia Hill

You can’t miss these wonderful hills covered with bushes, that take a reddish strawberry colour at the end of the wet season, in Autumn. Located on Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka City, the landscape is completely unique. Strawberry fields forever, more like Kochia bushes forever!


4. Sagano Bamboo Forest

If you want a change of pace from Kyoto’s city life, then head to Sagano Bamboo Forest. According to Japanese mythology, the sounds produced from the bamboo forest are said to be spirits singing and chanting enigmatic tunes. Unsurprisingly, the Japanese Ministry of Environment declared this musical forest one of the top 100 soundscapes of Japan. 


5. Wisteria Tunnel

Last, but certainly not least, is a garden-like tunnel in the Kawachi Fuji Gardens, in Kitakyushu.  A waterfall of the wisteria plant forms this dreamy tunnel, creating a peaceful atmosphere from the moment you step inside. Japanese mythology states that the Wisteria plant, has been an ancient symbol of love and sensitivity. The best time to visit is during May, for the Wisteria Festival.

What enchanting places have you visited when travelling to Japan? Share your travel adventure stories with us in the comments below.