Japan is a tourist destination that many people around the world plan to visit and even those who have already traveled there are always wanting to know new places of that country.
To remember Japan, you only need a photo, a part of a movie, a taste or aroma because the country of the rising sun has several tourist places that will leave anyone amazed. Many times when we come across places where we feel good, we want to go back even though it is an unknown place for us.
This is what happens with this country, thanks to the wonderful diversity, food, tourist places, the cozy atmosphere and others, it is a recommended destination for any lover of travel, new experiences, among others.
The best places to visit on your first trip to Japan
Lately this country has become a popular tourist destination. For this reason, below we will show you a compilation of the 10 places that we consider essential during your visit to Japan.
Dotonbori is located in the Minami neighborhood and is considered a very active, cheerful city, with very friendly people and a fun atmosphere. It is a crowded place where you can find several commercial places like clothing stores, restaurants where you can eat sushi or octopus balls, shopping galleries.
Additionally, if you like to go out at night to enjoy with friends or your partner, here you can also find places for nightlife like bars and discos. It is a colorful and fun destination that you cannot miss.
Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion
The Golden Pavilion of Kyoto was immortalized by Yukio Mishima during his novel. This place belonging to Japan allows us to visualize one of the most incredible images that would surely be one of your favorites, even more if you read the novel that we mentioned before.
This beautiful building is surrounded by spectacular gardens. In general, you will always find many tourists everywhere, but if you can get away a little, you will be able to appreciate with all the tranquility of the world the beautiful landscape that this building offers you.
This other suggestion to visit during your trip to Japan is considered the most famous Shinto shrine in Tokyo. We recommend you to don’t miss the opportunity to know Meiji Jingu because you will find many surprises.
The best recommendation is to go to this place on weekdays during the afternoon because there will be fewer people. On the other hand, if you go on weekend, you can find a traditional Japanese wedding which is an event worth observing. Nearby, there is Takeshita Dori street where you can find very peculiar shops.
Peace Memorial Park
The peace memorial park with the Genbaku Dome and the peace memorial museum make a group of very emotional places where the barbarities that man is capable to do are remembered but also to avoid that things happen again.
Here, we can also find the Bell of Peace that was inspired by the life of Sadako Sasaki. She was a Japanese girl who had leukemia due to the atomic bomb of that time, shortly after she passed away, but she became a symbol for all of Japan.
Todai ji Temple
This temple located in Nara is the largest building that we can find around the world. This jewel of the crown of Todai ji houses one of the largest bronze figures that exist, we are talking about The Buddha. This is about 16 meters high and was cast with 437 tons of bronze and 130 kilos of gold. If we are located outside of Nara, we can easily see the sacred deer roaming at ease.
Shirakawa-gō traditional village
This village is another of the tourist places that we can find in Japan and we cannot stop recommending you. Normally, this place is not usually included in a classic itinerary during a trip to Japan, but if you want to be in contact with nature, take pictures and have a good time, it is worth taking a detour.
This place is known for have more than 100 gasshō-zukuri buildings. These are wooden constructions that were designed to combat the harsh winter in the Hida region and the Japanese Alps. The main characteristic of these is the sloping shape of the roofs made of straw so the snow does not accumulate.
The Kenroku-en, Kairaku-en and Koraku-en are considered by the Japanese as the most spectacular gardens that exist around this entire country. The Kenroku-en was previously part of the Kanazawa Castle but since 1871 it was opened to the public independently.
If we talk about the biggest attractions found here, there is the famous Kotojitoro lantern or the one that many say was the first source in Japan. When we walk through the gardens, we can find some old buildings that today have been converted into museums that tourists can visit, for example, the Yugao-tei tea house and the Shigure-tei rest house.
Fushimi Inari Taisha
This tourist place is one of the most famous shrine that exist in Kyoto. Previously, just a few group of tourists went to this place but after memoirs of a Geisha were released, that number of tourists increased.
From Kyoto Central Station, you can take the JR Nara Line Local to the Inari stop. When you arrive, as you exit the train, you can begin to see the famous red doors that are scattered throughout the mountain.
Miyajima is an island that has many places and temples that any tourist would be interested in visiting. If during your trip to Japan you will include this tourist destination on your list, we remind you that the most famous places you can find here are: Momijadini-Koen Park, Itsukushima-Jinja Shrine, Tashoto Pagoda and also an ancient stage specially prepared for theater performances.
This shrine could not be missing in this list of 10 places to visit in Japan. Tosho-gu is an ancient and solemn complex that is full of history. This shrine is recognized because when the great Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu died in 1616, the city of Nikko was chosen to house his mausoleum.
However, it was his grandson who carried out the idea of making this majestic shrine. The Tosho-gu shrine is considered an essential place thanks to the temples and the natural sites it has.