Japan is, without doubt, one of the most attractive places to visit in Asia. Located in the Far East, Japan has always been a country shrouded in enigma and suspense. There is so much to experience in this country that you are bound to get sold inside your first day in the country. Find here listed the 7 top destinations in Japan that you shouldn’t miss.
Mount Fuji is, without doubt, the most iconic landmark of Japan. The moment someone mentions Japan, the name of Mount Fuji is taken in the same breath. The 3,776 m high volcanic peak is almost perfectly symmetrical. More than two hundred thousand tourists climb Mount Fuji every year. It is also a holy place for the Japanese people.
Ginza in Tokyo is the epitome of the city. It is what may be called the downtown of Tokyo. The sights of the electronic fireworks at night are breathtaking and some of the most important landmarks of Tokyo during the day are mind boggling. Close to Ginza are the Imperial Palace and the Diet, Japan’s parliament.
Bomb Dome, Hiroshima
The Bomb Dome in Hiroshima consists of the remains of the Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. It is a mere 150 m from the hypo-center of Little Boy when it detonated on August 6, 1945. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that reminds tourists of the destruction and devastation caused by the bombing that killed more than 70,000 people.
Kinkaku-ji or the Temple of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto is the most visited tourist site in Japan. It was built in the late 14th Century and burned down in 1950. It was rebuilt in 1955 and today it offers a perfect example of harmony between the buildings and the gardens surrounding them. The gold leaves of the pavilion show the pavilion in the pond and the pond on the pavilion.
Imperial Palace, Tokyo
The Imperial Palace is not just the residence of the Emperor of Japan, but is also an administrative center. It contains a museum that shows the rich history and art of Japan. The modern palace was rebuilt over the ruins of the older castles and it has design elements from different Japanese eras. The surrounding gardens and the function and reception rooms for the guests are worth watching any day.
The most famous Buddhist figures of Japan, Amida Buddha is located in Kamakura. The colossal bronze figure stands more than 13 meters high and it weighs more than 93 tons. The figure was built in 1252 and had a temple over it. The temple got destroyed by a tsunami in the 15th Century and since then, the figure is out in the open.
From Tokyo, Nikko takes a day to travel, but it is one place that you simply cannot miss. It has a large number of temples and shrines, some of them being UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Nature has also bestowed her best here. Nikko is all about woods, ravines, streams and green forests and its mountainous backdrop is simply breathtaking. This place is also home to the Japanese Macaque.
Actually, it’s foolish to name these places because Japan has much, much more in store for you. And it’s not just the cherry blossoms and the chrysanthemums that are going to astound you, but the Japanese people too. Your Japanese experience is bound to be once in a lifetime. You will never forget this tiny country in your life.
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