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The ancient Oshino Hakkai village with Mt. Fuji in Autumn Season at Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.

5 Must See Places in Japan

Japan is an enchanting and unique country, offering a blend of tradition and innovation unlike anywhere else. With a plethora of captivating experiences, one visit is never sufficient to explore all that Japan has to offer. From ancient temples to modern skyscrapers, serene tea ceremonies to vibrant arcades, soothing hot springs to exhilarating cosplay go-kart rides, Japan caters to a diverse range of interests.

Here are some must-visit destinations when exploring Japan:

The super clear blue waters with swimming carp in Oshino Hakkai.Oshino Hakkai

Nestled in Yamanashi’s picturesque Fuji Five Lakes region, Oshino Hakkai, also known as the Eight Seas of Oshino, is home to eight stunning ponds of historical significance. Fed by pure snowmelt from Mount Fuji, these ponds undergo a natural filtration process, resulting in mineral-rich waters. Designated as part of the Mt. Fuji UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 2013, Oshino Hakkai’s crystal-clear waters and pristine beauty mesmerize visitors.

Dramatic view of red gates "Torii", Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine.Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Located at the base of the Inari Mountain in Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is renowned for its thousands of vibrant torii gates lining the pathways. These gates, donated by Japanese businesses seeking prosperity, lead to smaller shrines nestled along trails on the mountain. A visit to this shrine offers a captivating glimpse into Japan’s spiritual heritage.

Shibuya Crossing

As one of Tokyo’s vibrant districts, Shibuya is a bustling hub of shopping, dining, and entertainment centered around Shibuya Station. Shibuya Crossing, famously known as Shibuya Scramble Crossing, is an iconic spot where thousands of pedestrians cross simultaneously, creating a mesmerizing spectacle of urban life.

Kyoto, Japan Culture Travel - Asian traveler wearing traditional Japanese kimono walking in Higashiyama district in the old town of Kyoto, Japan.Gion Kyoto Geisha District

In the historic Gion district of Kyoto, modern geisha continue to thrive in traditional geisha houses known as okiya. Here, they practice traditional arts such as music, dance, literature, and tea ceremonies. Ichiriki-tei, a historical ochaya or geisha “tea house,” stands as a testament to Kyoto’s rich cultural heritage, offering an authentic glimpse into the world of geisha.

Special tub-boats sailing in a bay at Sado, JapanSado Island

Located off the remote coast of Niigata Prefecture, Sado Island boasts a rich history and breathtaking natural beauty. Once a place of exile for political figures, Sado is now renowned for its annual Earth Celebration music festival, hosted by the internationally acclaimed Kodo taiko group. Visitors can also experience the unique tarai bune, or tub boats, adding to the island’s allure.

Exploring these diverse destinations offers a deeper understanding and appreciation of Japan’s rich cultural tapestry and natural wonders.

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