Japan has always been known as an attractive place for domestic tourists, so it is not surprising that tourist attractions in Japan are favorite vacation destinations. Some people think that Japan has a rich culture and natural beauty, so it is worth exploring every corner. Others think that Japan is a country full of sophisticated robots and manga that evokes imagination.
- As a country of four seasons, Japanese tourism offers stunning natural beauty and is not boring to visit. Spring, when the atmosphere is warm and cherry blossoms begin to bloom, is considered the best season for sightseeing in Japan.
- Meanwhile, many people take advantage of summer to visit Hokkaido, Chubu Mountains, and Tohoku to find coolness in hot weather.
- Autumn is also a favorite moment for tourists to explore Japan. The reason is, the green and yellow leaves that have changed color to orange and are starting to fall, are able to present a warm feel.
- Meanwhile, winter is a good time to ski and take a hot bath.
There are many activities that can be done in Japan such as visiting castles or shrines that are widely spread in this cherry country. In addition, you can also visit every corner of the city that offers unique things such as taking a Jinrikisha rickshaw. You can also see geisha wearing their proud kimono in Kyoto.
Where to Go in Japan
There are many activities that can be done in Japan such as visiting castles or shrines that are widely spread in this cherry country. Starting from natural beauty, shopping, to architectural and cultural tours, Toppers can find in Japan. Curious as to what interesting tourist attractions in Japan are? Take a peek at the list of recommended tourist attractions in popular Japan from various tourist cities in the Land of the Rising Sun! In addition, you can also visit every corner of the city that offers unique things such as riding a Jinrikisha rickshaw. You can also see geisha wearing their proud kimono in Kyoto.
1. Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji as a Japanese identity is located on the main island of Japan, Honshu Island and is located between two prefectures, Shizuoka and Yamanashi. In addition to climbing, tourists can see the beauty of the Shibazakura or cherry blossom carpet on the slopes of Mount Fuji from mid-April to late May. While the Yabusame Festival is where the samurai in action with bows and arrows takes place in May. While the Grinpa Flower Garden and Oshino Hakkai in the form of a clear pond not far from the location can also be visited.
2. Tokyo Sky Tree
The Tokyo Sky Tree, which was built in 2008, has become a new symbol of Tokyo and functions as a television signal transmitting tower. In addition, this uniquely shaped tower also functions as a commercial and entertainment facility. You can go up to enjoy the city view while dining at the restaurant available there.
3. Fushimi Inari-taisha
This shrine is very famous in Kyoto for a row of Torii (temple gates) with red color along the entrance. This temple is believed to be the abode of the god of rice and other crops. You can see many fox statues which are considered to carry messages from the god of rice. Don’t forget to climb the hill behind the temple and take selfies at this beautiful temple especially at dusk.
4. Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle is the most beautiful and intact castle from the Japanese royal era, so it is an original building that has never been restored. This castle is also the only cultural heritage in Hyogo prefecture. You can enjoy the beauty of Himeji Castle which is painted in pure white with a view of cherry blossoms. The panorama of Himeji City can also be seen from the top of the castle.
5. Tokyo Disneyland & Disneysea
This tourist attraction is the largest playground that is most visited by tourists, because it is located not far from Tokyo. This playground in the Maihama district of Urayasu City presents exciting attractions, which greatly delight visitors. Tokyo Disneyland itself is part of the Tokyo Disney Resort. Favorite attractions include Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, Jungle Cruise, and Haunted Mansion. Don’t forget to take pictures with Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie, Pluto, or Stitch.
6. Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios is the first theme park built by Universal Studios in Japan in 2011. This theme park is the most visited attraction after Tokyo Disney Resort. Apart from having dozens of exciting rides and attractions, there are filmmaking techniques and attractions such as Adventure of Spiderman or Jurassic Park. You can also enjoy the simulation of Back to the Future or Spiderman by riding a roller coaster.
7. FujiQ HIghland
The best and most exciting amusement park in Japan is located in Yamanashi prefecture at the foot of Mount Fuji, not far from Lake Kawaguchiko. Visitors can pump up their adrenaline by riding a roller coaster that holds the highest and fastest record in the world. In addition to first-class horror attractions typical of Hollywood films, tourists can also get wet in the newest water rides, namely Tondemina and Mad Mouse. Rides Gundam Crisis challenges visitors to find items scattered in this highland area. You can also enjoy all these exciting games while watching the beautiful view of Mount Fuji.
8. Imperial Palace & East Garden
Visiting Tokyo while traveling to Japan, you can also take the time to stop by the Japanese Imperial Palace. In this Japanese tourist attraction, the area is full of the cultural richness of this land of the rising sun. In this Japanese imperial complex, we can enjoy the beauty of the Imperial Palace East Gardens, which are open to the public. In this park there are also former Edo period fortifications, namely Honmaru and Ninomaru.
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Asakusa Kannon Temple or better known as Senso-ji Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. Built in 628 and completed in 645, the temple has an eccentric design with a distinctive fiery red color that makes the shrine easily recognizable. This shrine is also said to be the oldest shrine in Japan.
Asakusa Kannon Temple or Sensoji Temple is famous for its gate known as the Kaminarimon (Gate of Lightning) which hangs a giant red lantern in the middle. And this gate that welcomes the arrival of tourists in Asakusa. After passing Kaminarimon, we will see Nakamise-dori Street or Nakamise Street. If we continue along Nakamise-dori Street, we will arrive at the magnificent building of Sensoji Temple. With a striking red color among other buildings, Sensoji Temple still stands tall. The red building is so unique and this is where we can enjoy a special view of Japan. We will be impressed by the Buddhist architecture and the statues inside the building. The complex remains a Buddhist temple in active use with priests and monks practicing a Buddhist spiritual lifestyle.
In the Komagatado hall there is the Bodhisattva Bato-kannon (the statue of Kannon), which we can see on the 19th of every month and during the big festival every year on April 19th. Various events are held throughout the year in the Sensoji Temple area. The largest of them is the Sanja Matsuri, the annual festival of Asakusa Shrine held in May. Other events include the Asakusa Samba Carnival in August and Hagoita-ichi (Hagoita Market) where wooden oars decorated in the traditional game of hanetsuki are sold. It’s best to come early in the morning or at night when there are not too many visitors. And of course you won’t regret it because the view of Sensoji at night is very impressive.
The Japanese usually pray in the main building of Sensoji Temple. The shrine is usually filled with Tokyo residents wishing for blessings before leaving for work, apart from being a favorite tourist spot. People climb up the stairs to pray to Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy. It’s a bit dimly lit inside this beautiful temple. Near the altar there is a place where people throw logs to know their luck. After depositing a number of coins, the devotees will shake the container containing the logs until the logs come out. The wood has a number after that the person will go to a cupboard to find a piece of paper that matches the number listed on the log. This piece of paper contains a prediction for the future. Commonly known as “omikuji”.
After passing Kaminarimon, in front of us will be seen Nakamise-dori Street which is one of the oldest shopping areas in Japan. On this road, we can find things that cannot be found anywhere else. Some things that cannot be found anywhere else, such as samurai swords, traditional snacks, traditional souvenirs, and small things that are very unique & unique to Japan.
Nakamise-dori shopping street, from Kaminarimon Gate to Sensoji Temple along about 250 meters through Hozo-mon Entrance, is indeed the oldest shopping street in Japan, since the Edo golden era. There were hundreds of shops lined up there. Souvenir shops, Japanese fashion or Japanese snacks that are booming all over the world!
Japan needs to follow the world’s shopping ‘trend’, not inside the building but outside the building, called the ‘shopping street’. The world’s shopping concept is shopping street, for countries with 4 seasons. They prefer to be in the open, rather than entering and staying inside buildings, so the shopping concept prefers outside the building.
12. Hachiko Statue
Dog named Hachiko in Shibuya, Japan enshrined in the form of a statue or statue. That’s because of his touching story of loyalty, which is waiting for the Master for 10 years.
Hachiko is known to have a master named Professor Ueno. He walks to Shibuya Station every day to go to teach accompanied by Hachiko and when he comes home, Hachiko also comes to pick him up. However, one day Hachiko never met his master. He waited patiently in front of Shibuya Station.
His touching story even made an Association of Dog Conservation send his story to the newspapers. From there, a sculptor made a statue similar to Hachiko. The statue was placed in front of Shibuya Station. This story was also made into a novel and film under the name ‘Hachiko: a Dog’s Story’.
13. Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle or Osaka Castle is a castle located in the western part of the city of Osaka. We can easily reach it from downtown Osaka and then enjoy the view and the coolness of the park while heading to the main building of Osaka Castle. If friends are on vacation in Osaka, don’t forget to visit this Osaka Castle. Osaka Castle is a Japanese royal palace in the early 16th century. Although it is called a palace, this place is actually a modern museum that tells the journey of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the founder of the palace who during his life was the ruler of the Osaka area. If you go up to the top floor, you can see the magnificent view of Osaka City from a height.
Although the tower is the result of a reconstruction (done in 1931 with donations from the people of Osaka City), there are still approximately 13 buildings within the palace complex which are original buildings. Among them are the Kinmeisui well and the Kinzo Storehouse which was once used as a gold and silver deposit. Some of the protective walls surrounding Osaka Castle are also original buildings and are classified as the largest new walls in Japan.
An interesting area in Osaka Castle is the diorama located on the 7th floor which contains 19 scenes of the life of Hideyoshi Toyotomi or called Karakuri Taikoki. The story is presented in the form of a continuous television screen that lights up every time the audience looks into it. We can also climb to the top of Osaka Castle and see the garden area and views of Osaka city from a height.
Satisfied walking around the castle building area, friends can stop by Nishinomaru Park around the castle. In spring (around early April), we can join in hanami and see the beauty of about 600 cherry blossom trees together with the locals. In spring, we can also see the cherry blossom light up, where the cherry blossom trees are illuminated by spotlights and make this place even more beautiful at night. In addition, we also rest for a while in the building that is often used for tea ceremonies. At night, there is a cherry blossom event at Nishinomaru Park which takes place from March 23 to April 14, 2019, from 6pm-9pm.
Dotonbori Street or Dotonbori Street is located next to a shopping mall Shin Saibashi. So after we’re tired of shopping for clothes and souvenirs in Osaka, we can rest while eating traditional Osaka snacks such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki. On this Dotonbori street everything is cheap! So you don’t have to be afraid of running out of pocket if you go to the center of this food shop. Check out the excitement of the Japan Info Team while traveling in Dotonbori Osaka.
In addition, friends can also take pictures on the Ebisubashi bridge, with the reflection of the shop lights on the surface of the Dotonbori river.
15. Tempozan Harbour Village
Osaka, which is on the coast, also offers a panoramic view of the port city that is no less interesting for Toppers to explore while on vacation to Japan. Tempozan Harbor Village is an Osaka waterfront area that has been designed in such a way that it becomes an attractive tourist attraction.
In this Japanese tourist attraction, the beauty of the city of Osaka can be enjoyed from a height using a Ferris Wheel which has a diameter of up to 100 meters.
16. Tenjnbashi-suji Shopping Street
In Osaka, Toppers can also continue their shopping adventure by visiting Tenjnbashi-suji Shopping Street. This shopping destination in Japan is one of the largest shopping centers in Japan where Toppers can find various things ranging from antiques, the latest fashion, to delicious culinary delights.
17. Shittenoji Temple
Shitennoji Temple was the first temple built by the Japanese Government. You need to know, the majority of temples (either Shinto Shrines or Buddhist Temples) in Japan are built by individuals for their families. Built in 593 by Prince Shotoku, this temple became the center of Buddhist learning in the Osaka area. The construction of this shrine was carried out by Shotoku after he gained victory in the war.
In the story told by the tour guide who accompanied me around, before fighting Shotoku prayed to the 4 Heavenly Kings who were believed to be Buddhist soldiers. After the victory, Shotoku built a temple to honor the four Heavenly Kings. Shotoku asked several Korean woodworkers to build the magnificent Shitennoji Osaka shrine.
18. Kuromon Ishiba Market
Kuromon Market is a traditional market that serves as a food store. Therefore, the existing stalls mostly sell basic food ingredients, such as fish and other fresh marine products. In addition, there are also vegetable, fruit, dry food stalls to supermarkets. The food ingredients sold are of high quality and high quality with a delicious taste.
Kuromon Market is one of the shopping tourist areas that offers a variety of delicious Japanese snacks. Most of the sellers from this local market sell a variety of seafood which is usually used as the basic ingredient of Japanese food such as sushi.
Because many tourists are curious about Kuromon Ichiba Market, the market manager provides a special information center for tourists. They set up this place like a tourist market like Malioboro Jogja with customer service facilities, maps, free wifi, and public toilets.
This market, which is a mandatory tourist destination for culinary lovers, began to exist during the Meiji period. Where at that time the Kuromon market was called the Emmiji Market. Until finally over time, the market area was built an entrance gate called the Black Gate.
Kuromon Market comes from the name “Kuromon” which means black gate. This is because the gate at the temple which is close to the market, namely Emmiji Temple, has black paint. From here also Kuromon Ichiba Market is also known as Emmiji Market. This market has been around since 190 years ago.