15 Stunning Places To Travel To In Japan! #13 Will Transport You Through Time!
Of all the places in the world to travel, Japan is perhaps one of the most exciting and alluring options. It has the high tech cities that geeks and gamers love, while also offering incredible sites and plenty of historical culture.
Today we’re looking at 15 stunning places to travel to in Japan!
1. Shodo Island
Shodo Island is the famous island for the setting of the novel Twenty-Four Eyes, and its film adaptation. The island is also known for the olives that grow throughout the island. It’s located in the Inland Sea of Japan.
2. Matsumoto Castle
Known also as “Crow Castle” for the black interior, this was the seat of power for the Matsumoto domain. It is known as a “flatland castle” because it wasn’t built on a hilltop or near a river, but instead on a plain. It still has its original sixteenth century wooden interiors and stonework.
3. Himeji Castle
This is a hilltop castle in Himeji, Japan. It is regarded as one of the finest examples of prototypical Japanese castle architecture. It has a network of 83 buildings with advanced defense systems, given its origins in the feudal period.
4. Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in all of Japan. It spans an area of 11.4 hectacres and it located on the heights of Kanazawa. The garden is noted for its large artificial pond and stone lantern featured by the pond.
5. Sagano Bamboo Forest
Located in western Kyoto, Japan, the Sagano Bamboo forest is one of the most popular sites in Japan and indeed, the entire world. The site of an entire bamboo forest is certainly captivating, but the other exciting attraction is the sound the wind makes when it rushes through the stiff trunk of bamboo. It’s often featured on lists of places to see in your lifetime, and it’s easy to understand why.
6. Tottori Sand Dunes
These incredible sand dunes are located near the city of Tottori in Japan. They were created by sediment deposits from nearby mountains, carried by the Sendai River into the Sea of Japan. These dunes have been here for over 100,00 years if you can believe it.
7. Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 12,389 feet in elevation. It is an active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707-08. It is located 60 miles south-west of Tokyo and can be seen from that city during clear days.
8. Kiso Valley
The Kiso Valley is located alongside the mountains of the Central Alps. An ancient trade route was used in this area called the Kisoji. There are several different towns along the path, which have been preserved for visitors to enjoy.
9. Nishinomaru Garden
This garden is the most popular spot for viewing cherry blossoms and holding Hanami Parties. It has over 600 cherry trees and 95 kinds of Japanese apricot flowers. It’s located within the greater Osaka Castle Park.
10. Jigokudani Monkey Park
This place offers a unique opportunity to hang out with wild monkeys that bathe in the natural hot spring. Known as Snow Monkeys, they often can be found lounging by the pools or in the water. The monkeys themselves are used to humans, so it’s possible to have close encounters with them quite easily.
11. Aogashima Volcano
This volcanic island in the Philippine sea is located 222 miles south of Tokyo. The last eruption was in 1785 and the island has been quiet ever since.
This Zen Buddhist temple is located in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the most popular attractions in Japan and brings in a huge number of visitors each year. It is one of 17 locations that make up the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.
13. The Blue Pond
The Blue Pond is located in the small town of Furano in the center of Hokkaido Prefecture, also known as Aoiike. This amazing destination is known for the breathtaking and mystical blue-colored waters.
Kamikochi is a 15 kilometer plateau in the Azusa River Valley. It is surrouned by massive mountains and an active volcano. It is part of the Chubu Sangaku National Park which has hotels, mountain huts, and hiking trails.
15. Nachi Falls
This is one of the most well-known waterfalls in Japan. It has a drop of 133 meters and is 13 meters wide. What did you think of these stunning places to visit in Japan? Let us know which one was your favorite in the comments, and be sure to share this list on your favorite social media pages!