Top 7 Cities To Visit In Japan
Japan is a country that has it all for all kind of travelers in the world. Tempted with fresh sushi, quirky pop culture, amazing train rides, intriguing traditions, and safe cities, Japan is increasing its popularity day by day. Japan is a country of endless discovery that you can spend your whole life in exploring.
So to not get lost in your way and getting the best from a single trip to this land of amazement we have hand-picked some top places to visit:
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Being the capital city of Japan, Tokyo needs no introduction for its beauty and surprises. It is considered as the most exciting and eclectic city in the world. From spring cherry blossoms viewing in traditional gardens, fish market at Tsukiji, most exciting Disneyland and Skytree experience, busy pedestrian crossings, to lot many incredibly delicious restaurants, this city are filled with incredible of Japan.
Tokyo mixes the tradition with the technology in its best form with the cutting-edge architecture, glittered neon-filled cityscape, charming backstreets, and most beautiful flower fragrant gardens. So whenever you go to test some wanderlust of this city don’t forget to spend a pleasant and most relaxing evening near the Tokyo Tower. Although, there is the countless number of things to do in Tokyo Shopping in Odaiba and the grandeur of the Meiji Shrine are something that must try for.
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Osaka is a cosmopolitan city of Japan that is famous for its extremely delicious food, exciting nightlife and for offering the best view of the city landscape from 300-meter tall Abeno Harukas skyscraper in Japan. Although it is merely 30 miles away from Kyoto but often missed by first-time visitors due to lack of knowledge and appreciated by the regular visitors.
Although there are so many attractions in Osaka the one of the most beautifully constructed Osaka castle is a park for ultimate peace and happiness and if you want to taste some authentic Japanese food and enjoy some exciting nightlife then Namba district is a perfect place for that. Apart from these Universal Studios, Osaka Castle, Osaka Aquarium and relaxing bicycle tour with shopping in Osaka streets are some of the things that top every traveler’s list.
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Located on Honshu Island, Hiroshima is one of the younger cities in Japan that preserves its history of August 6th, 1945 in its heart. It is famous for being the first city on which atomic bomb dropped at the end of the Second World War. Thus the main attractions of this city are totally dedicated to peace in the form of Peace Park, Peace Memorial, and Peace Memorial Museum. Although this city has many other attractions apart from war preserves such as sunken garden of Shukkein-en and the Hiroshima Castle that attracts visitors more than other cities of Japan.
This city is also famous for its bars and restaurants that offer popular local sake and in winters a tasty local oyster. Okonomiyaki is a famous local specialty of this city that is a kind of pancake containing a variety of ingredients.
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Hokkaido is the northernmost island of Japan. It is famous for its beautiful picture perfect natural hot springs, volcanoes and ski areas. The pristine beautiful landscape and delicious seafood of this famous island of Japan attract tourists from all over the world. If you are an adventure enthusiast and seeking some ultimate untested adventure then Hokkaido is a place made for you only. It is believed to offer the best skiing and snowboarding on Earth.
Whether starting from any beautiful city among Sapporo or Hakodate, Hokkaido is going to give a picture perfect glance of its stunning landscapes. There are so many attractions to explore in Hokkaido but Ashaiyama zoo and farm Tomita are quite popular for its beauty.
Although there so many ways to explore this beautiful city but the view and experience from a private car can’t be replaced with any. Is there any doubt that Japan is a paradise on the Earth?
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5. Mt. Fuji
Mt. Fuji, the largest active volcano in Japan has recently started attracting adventure seekers from all over the globe. During the month of July to the mid of September, this place shows a little snowfall that blesses it with very pleasant weather that makes it more exciting for adventure seekers to climb this mountain. Although it is a quite tough route so if you are planning for a trek on this mountain take an initial check of your physical and mental health before proceeding further. Picking a guided trek would be the best way to explore its beauty.
As there are so many more beauties to please the mood of every kind of traveler whole season some of which are Mount Tenjo, Chureito Pagoda, Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine and Arakurayama Sengen Park.
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Once served as the imperial capital of Japan for more than 1000 years, Kyoto is located on Honshu Island with more than 1.5 million population and approx 10,000 shrines. Which includes thousands of Shinto shrines with top rated Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Buddhist temples.
Although it offers it’s best to its visitors during the whole year in the form of its top attractions such as Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Philosopher’s Walk, Kiyomizu Temple, Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji etc but if you are a fan of festivals and cultures and want to explore the tradition of Kyoto in its highest point then the best time to visit this place in July, when one of the best festivals in Japan, Gion Matsuri is celebrated. This is the time when visitors from all over the world gather to view and participate in this colourful festival in Japan.
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Once the permanent capital of Japan, Nara was established in 710. It was also known as Heijo. Due to some threats from powerful Buddhist monasteries in 784 it moved to Nagaoka. Located at just 25 miles away from Kyoto, it is also known as the treasure trove of Japanese history.
It is most popularly known for its 8th century old Todaiji Temple which is made of wood and homes the largest Buddha of Japan, the Daibutsu. Along with this just a walk away from the most celebrated shrine, Kasuga Taisha is located.
Nara is popular among visitors for its largest and oldest temples of Japan among which 7th-century Horyuji Temple also Japan’s first UNESCO site, Chuguji Temple, Yakushiji Temple, charming Naramachi historical district and the Issuien Garden tops the list.