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12 of the Most Beautiful Places in Japan

Posted on November 24, 2016 in attractions by

Japan is home to an overwhelming number of stunning sights and interesting attractions. It would take several trips or a longer stay to cover most of them. Shortlisting the country’s most beautiful places to see may be a tall order. But here are some of the breathtaking sights you would not want to miss.

Aogashima
Aogashima
Location: Island in Philippine Sea
Highlights: Smallest village in Japan located in a volcanic island in the Philippine Sea, inhabited by roughly 200 people, remote and not easy to access, dreamy view of the night sky from the island

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Location: Arashiyama, Kyoto
Highlights: Towering bamboo groves with walking paths for a fairytale-like experience

Blue Pond (Aoiike)
Blue Pond
Location: Biei, Hokkaido
Highlights: Dreamy and otherworldly blue color of the pond, set against a backdrop of enchanting scenery

Gokayama
 Shirakawa-go
Location: Toyama
Highlights: UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its gasshō-zukuri houses with attractions like the traditional villages of Shirakawa-gō close by

Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji)
Kinkaku-ji
Location: Kyoto
Highlights: Zen temple overlooking a pond, striking facade with gold leaf covering its top floors

Hitachi Seaside Park
Hitachi Seaside Park
Location: Ibaraki
Highlights: Daisogen Flower Garden, Giant “Flower Ring” Ferris Wheel, Hitachinaka Nature Forest, Kaori no Tani, Miharashi Area for its nemophilas (baby blue eyes) and kochias (summer cypress) that bloom April to May and October respectively, Rose Garden, Sakyu Garden, Suisen Garden and Tamago no Mori Flower Garden

Itsukushima Shrine
Itsukushima Shrine
Location: Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima
Highlights: Shinto shrine that features a “floating” torii gate

Jigokudani Monkey Park
Jigokudani Monkey Park
Location: Yamanouchi, Nagano
Highlights: Breathtaking scenery, see the wild Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) bathing in the hot springs

Kawachi Fuji Garden
Kawachi Fuji Garden
Location: Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
Highlights: Stunning and whimsical wisteria tunnel, see pink, white and purple wisterias in bloom

Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto Castle
Location: Matsumoto, Nagano
Highlights: Historic castle also known as Crow Castle (Karasu-jo) for its black facade, Japan’s oldest castle

Mount Kōya
Mount Kōya
Location: Wakayama
Highlights: Touted as Japan’s holiest mountain, the spiritual home of Shingon Buddhism with over 100 temples and monasteries

Nachi Falls
Nachi Falls
Location: Nachikatsuura, Wakayama
Highlights: One of the most popular waterfalls in Japan, the nearby Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine, part of the Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

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