Japan is well know for its rich ancient history, amazing food, weird game shows and cultural nuances, and of course, anime! Like many people around the world, you may be attracted to all the epicness and weirdness that this beautiful country has to offer, so we’ve compiled a list of the top places to visit when you take that trip to Japan.
1. Kinosaki Onsen
Famous for its awesome hot springs, Kinosaki has been a popular onsen town all the way back to the eighth century. Set just inland from the Sea of Japan, its variety of bathhouses and traditional inns lie in the Kansai region of south-central Honshu.
Now deemed part of the city of Toyooka, the small town is bisected by a charming willow-lined canal, while the Maruyama River passes nearby on its way to the sea. There are seven public onsen bathhouses for public visitors to enjoy. These warm waters are said to have healing properties. With fancy , eccentric interiors, beautiful architecture, and gorgeous gardens, these calming hot springs are the key reason to visit Kinosaki.
Situated at the heart of one of the most populated metropolitan areas in the world, Osaka is situated on the shores of Osaka Bay, surrounded by more than ten satellite cities. The sprawling and eclectic metropolis is the third-largest in Japan and has long been a major economic hub and important financial centre.
While the main city is not great to look at, Osaka is considered the best place to wine, dine and party in Japan. The nightlife is centered around the neon-lit Dotonbori district, which has countless restaurants, bars, and other kinds of entertainment options. For those keen on shopping, Shinsaibashi is the place to g, with an insane amount of department stores, boutiques, and malls lining the covered shopping street.
While most people visit for its great culinary scene and nightlife, Osaka does have some great historical sights and landmarks that are worth checking out. Its reconstructed castle lies in a beautiful park in the city center, while the Umeda Sky Building and Tsutenkaku tower count among its most recognizable sights. On top of this, it boasts Sumiyoshi Shrine and Shitennoji Temple which are two of the oldest religious sites in Japan. This is one place you don’t want to miss if you want to have that epic lifestyle of travel and fun.
This is the capital of Kyoto prefecture but once served as the imperial capital of Japan for more over one thousand years. If you’re interested in taking a look at old Japan, Kyoto must be on your itinerary.
Because of its historical significance, this city was mostly spared much of the destructive bombing that in the rest of Japan during World War II. Situated in central Honshu Island, this city of 1.5 million people, also boasts more than 1,000 temples and shrines, including one of the most photographed, the Golden Pavilion.
On top of all these religious structures, Kyoto is home to gorgeous Nijo Castle, the former residence of the Tokugawa shoguns; Higashiyama, a well-preserved historic district; and Gion, Kyoto’s famous geisha district. On the modern front, Kyoto also boasts a world-class aquarium and if you’re keen, you can learn how to become a Japanese assassin at the Ninja Training Dojo.
The famous “Scramble Crossing” by Shibuya Station is one of the most iconic sights in Tokyo. On an average day of the week, this busy intersection bears foot traffic levels as high as 2.8 million people. Yes, that’s 2.8 million people every single day! If you wan to to snap the most epic, perfect selfie in the madness of the crossing just be sure to get yourself to the other side by the time the traffic signals turn red!
Some of Tokyo’s hippest clothing brands can be found in this area. Several cutting-edge fashion shops are situated on or around the Center Gai Street. The famous Shibuya 109 shopping mall is a well-known legendary haunt for many shoppers and is anchored just a few minutes from the train station.
5. Ueno Park
If your travels allow for only a brief stay in Japan, you must check out Ueno Park. This area offers a variety of awesome attractions that allow visitors to sample many of the country’s unique charms in one single venue.
Furthermore, there is an awesome bustling shopping bazaar to investigate called Ameya Yokocho which features the remnants of an ancient black market.
We hope you enjoyed our list. If you’re looking to travel soon, you may want to check out our travel hacks to help make your journey smoother.