11 best places to visit in Japan

There are numerous sites to explore in Japan, ranging from historic temples to magnificent scenery. Here are 11 of the best places to visit in Japan

Mount Fuji

Japan’s tallest peak,  located around 100 kilometres southwest of Tokyo.  3,776 metres in height UNESCO World Heritage Site. popular hiking destination with spectacular views.


Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

In memorial of the August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima.  It is the only structure that survived the explosion. 



Japan’s first permanent capital. Todaiji Temple holds the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue, stands more than 15 m.  City is also famed for its friendly deer in Nara Park 


Yakushima Island

Yakushima Island is home to historic cedar forests, some of which are over 1,000 years old.  The island is also home to unique wildlife species, like Yakushima macaque.



A mountain town and the centre of Shingon Buddhism. There are various temples and shrines in the town, including the Kongobuji Temple and the Okunoin Cemetery.


Miyajima Island

Miyajima Island is a small island in the Seto Inland Sea that is famed for its Itsukushima Shrine,  Feed the friendly deer roaming the island and sample the local cuisine.



A remote village famous for its traditional thatched-roof dwellings, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Stay in one of the traditional houses and experience local life.



Kanazawa is a historic city on Japan’s west coast famed for its well-preserved samurai and geisha districts.  Taste the gold leaf ice cream and other gold leaf goods in the city.


Ise Grand temple

Dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu, It's Japan’s most prominent Shinto temple.  Learn about the history and customs of Shintoism and visit the shrine’s gorgeous surroundings.



A small town in the Japanese Alps famous for its well-preserved Edo-era architecture.  Walk through the old streets, visit traditional dwellings, and sample local cuisine.


Kurokawa Onsen

A hot spring village in Kyushu that is famous for its traditional Japanese inns and peaceful hot springs.  Relax in the natural hot springs while admiring the surrounding.


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