Best places to visit in Japan
Mixing perfectly futuristic technology and ancient history, Japan succeeded to harmonize ultramodern skyscrapers with the quietest bamboo forest like no other and became one of the top destinations in the world. Buddhist temples, peaceful gardens to the vibrating urban life of Tokyo, so many treasures that sprawls the Land of the rising sun, and that makes the greatest happiness of tons of tourist every year; so don’t wait a minute to discover our selection of the most beautiful places to visit in Japan.
If you wonder where the best places to go in Japan is, Tokyo is definitely one of the must-visit places in Japan. The eclectic capital harbors a lot of amazing spots, restaurants, gardens, cutting-edge architecture, featuring charming backstreets and futuristic neon cityscape that compete with the one of Times Square. Here is a selection of our favorite places in Tokyo that offer the best landscape for the greatest happiness of your eyes.
Tokyo tower skyline
Dazzling with light at night, Tokyo’s skyline is an impressive live show where the vertiginous structure of the Tokyo Tower shines among the other and hosts a vast communications pole; the best Japanese tourists spots to feel.
Located in the province of Asakusa, the ancient Buddhist temple Sensoji is one of Japan’s top attractions and the most beautiful construction of the Capital. Bringing over 30 million visitors every year, this colorful and typical temple is one of the top places to see in Japan and one of the greatest Japanese tourist attractions.
One of Japan’s oldest shopping streets, you’ll find on this bustling and vibrant boulevard local crafts and probably the tastiest street food dishes. A real taste of Asia, with a typical local experience, where you’ll meet as many autochthones and tourists.
In a serious competition with Times Square or Piccadilly Circus, the shining district of Akihabara offers a great cultural choc with the typical ancient architecture of Japanese temple; here is a shimmering urban space, sprawling shopping areas, and video games hotspots. As its nickname “Electric Town” indicates, this lively temple of entertainment is one of the most crowded Japanese tourist places; be careful not to get too dizzy!
Known as one of the most iconic sights of Tokyo, the famous “scramble Crossing” is bringing on an average weekday 2.8 million people a day!! Can you imagine! The mind-blowing crossing of Shibuya hosts as well some of the hippest clothing brands and several cutting-edge fashion shops as well, featuring the famous Shibuya 109 shopping mall, a legendary well-known location for serial shoppers and fashion lovers.
Equally fascinating than Tokyo but in a completely different ambiance, Kyoto is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world, and definitely one of the most interesting places in Japan. It embodies perfectly all the dreams and expectations of many travelers when envisioning Japan; its back streets, old-fashioned craft shops, and restaurant, ancient temples, and gardens coming straight out of a Miyazaki movie. Here is a selection of two places in Kyoto that are dear to our heart and you can’t miss.
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
Arashiyama bamboo forest is one of the biggest treasures of nature, and probably one of the most beautiful places to visit in Japan. This atmospheric avenue of towering bamboo is an incredibly otherworldly experience like no other.
Also called “Pure water temple”, the Kiyomizu-Dera Temple is the highest level of Japanese pagoda sitting at the site of the Otowa Waterfall, surrounded by maple and cherry trees; the quietest and most serene vision you’ll ever see in your life. Originally associated with the Hosso sect, one of the oldest schools of Japanese Buddhism, this place is a real historical testimony and a vision from heaven.
Half an hour from Kyoto is the City of Osaka, probably the most lively city and one of the most famous places in Japan for its food. The people there are known to be the most fun-loving citizens and are very welcoming. But the food there remains the biggest attraction and draws many culinary travelers each year to discover the eclectic culinary universe of Osaka, with specialties going from casual with street-side takoyaki, our casual favorite, to the fanciest restaurants. Osaka is all about taste and is the temple of an explosion of flavors and savors. Never the less, here are two places we recommend to visit in between two restaurants.
Created in 1912, Shinsekai, literally “New World”, was inspired by the Cities of lights Paris and New York, and we can indeed recognize in its Tsutenkakau Tower the features of the Eiffel Tower. Every night, the colorful neighborhood comes to life with amazing illuminations, that brights up the streets of the shiny Shinsekai.
One of the biggest japan tourist places, and our little favorite for the end, the beautiful castle of Osaka, offering in Spring an impressive landscape with pretty cherry blossoms coming straight out of Chihiro’s world (for the Ghibli studio’s fan, a must). Despite the destruction of the place over the centuries, the castle since 1683 stands proudly as a mythological testimony of Japan’s History.
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