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Most Beautiful Places in Japan


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There are many beautiful places to visit in Japan all year round. The difficulty is choosing which place you want to go to the most. Some have a seasonal specialty like the cherry blossoms at Ueno Park or the Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Garden. These places are best to visit when they are in season, but there are other sights to see that are great no matter the time of the year. The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto is a great photo spot and the stroll through the walking paths as a gentle wind sways the stalks is an experience that is indescribable. Even Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), which is also in Kyoto, is gorgeous to look at with its upper levels covered in gold leaf while the structure is being reflected in the pond. | View more


Let us not forget about the top scenic spots in Japan like Matsushima Bay, which left the famed Japanese poet Matsuo Basho without words. Then there is also Miyajima at Itsukushima Shrine with its famous torii gate that look like it is floating on the water during high tide. In Hokkaido during the winter season in a town called Otaru is a festival called Otaru Snow Light Path. The locals make these lanterns out of snow and are light by candle light. The soft glow is to help you reflect on your life with a clear mind while forgetting your problems. Many places in Japan not only look phenomenal, but some invoke feelings of serenity. History lovers would enjoy going to Himeji Castle also known as White Heron Castle. It is one of the twelve original castles in Japan and is covered in white paint. In Matsumoto there is a castle known as Crow Castle because it is covered in black paint and is also one of the original twelve castles.

Then in a rural area in Japan is a town called Shirakawago where hundreds of years old Gassho (praying hands) farmhouses reside. These homes are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and are illuminated during the winter time. The Kurashiki Canal Area is a beautiful example of the business conducted in the Edo Period when the canal was used to transport tons of rice. Former storehouses were converted into shops, museums, and restaurants along the canal. Even though there have been modifications to the area is still maintains the Edo Period look. Japan has too many places that are gorgeous and worth the trip. If you are looking beautiful then it would depend on your definition of the world. Nature, buildings, festivals, etc. can invoke the feeling of awe and it is up to you to decide on the most beautiful places in Japan.



Cherry Blossoms & Azaleas at Mifuneyama Rakuen

Kyushu | Saga Prefecture

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Mifuneyama Rakuen is a park in Saga Prefecture and covers 150,000 squares meters. It is best to visit this place in the spring time when the cherry blossoms and azaleas are in full bloom. It is a colorful sight to behold that will leave anyone in awe.

Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens

Kyushu | Fukuoka Prefecture | Kitakyushu

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The Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens is covered with the trellises of the flower. Different colored wisteria hang from the tunnel giving it a rainbow look as you continue through the area. At the end you will be greeted with 100 year old wisteria trees.

Great Wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park

Kanto | Tochigi Prefecture | Ashikaga

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The Great Wisteria in Ashikaga Flower Park is over 150 years old. It is so large that it covers over 1000 square meters, which is over 600 tatami mats. The branches are supported by many beams in order compensate for the weight of the vines when the flower is in season.

Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Chubu | Yamanashi Prefecture | Fuji Five Lakes

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Fuji Shibazakura Festival is located three kilometers from Lake Motosuko. It is a festival that lasts for more than one month and features over 800,000 moss phlox flowers.

Lavenders in Hokkaido

Hokkaido

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The lavender season in Hokkaido is a great way to escape the humid summer weather that encompasses many parts of Japan.

Snow Monkeys

Chubu | Nagano Prefecture | Yamanouchi

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Snow Monkeys in Japan are also known as Japanese Macaque. These types of primates live in areas where for months on end are covered in snow.

Otaru Snow Light Path

Hokkaido | Otaru

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Otaru Snow Light Path is a festival that lasts for 10 days with lanterns made of snow adorning different areas of the city.

Zao Snow Monster

Tohoku | Yamagata Prefecture | Zao

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Zao Snow Monsters are a winter phenomenon that is a result of Fir trees being covered with snow and ice.

Blue Pond

Hokkaido | Furano

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The Blue Pond also known as Aoiike in Japanese is located outside the onsen (hot spring) town of Shirogane. Blue Pond has a deep blue color because of minerals that naturally dissolve in the water.

Oirase Stream

Tohoku | Aomori Prefecture | Lake Towada

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The Oirase Mountain Stream is the only outflow of water for Lake Towada and is one of the best places to see autumn colors.

Matsushima

Tohoku | Miyagi Prefecture | Matsushima

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Matsushima is famous for having one of the most scenic views in Japan and is located half an hour away from Sendai.

Shirakawago

Chubu | Gifu Prefecture | Shirakawago

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Shirakawago is a village located in the mountainous regions that borders Gifu and Toyama prefectures. It is where you can see the famed Gassho zukuri (prayer hand farmhouses) that were inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Kansai | Kyoto

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Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of the most popular photo spots in Kyoto along with Kinkakuji and Fushimi Inari Shrine. It is located north from the entrance to the Tenryuji Temple.

Takeda Castle

Kansai | Hyogo Prefecture | Asago

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Takeda Castle is located in Asago city in the northern part of Hyogo Prefecture. The castle was left in ruins, but is known as the Machu Picchu of Japan or Castle in the Sky.

Himeji Castle

Kansai | Hyogo Prefecture | Himeji

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Himeji Castle is one of the twelve original castles in Japan and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the best examples of a preserved castle ground.

Tottori Sand Dunes

Chugoku | Tottori Prefecture | Tottori

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The Tottori Sand Dunes are located in the city of Tottori and spans over 16 kilometers along the coast of the Sea of Japan. It is part of the Sanin Kaigan National Park and is the largest sand dunes in Japan.

Kurashiki Canal Area

Chugoku | Okayama Prefecture | Kurashiki

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Kurashiki Canal Area was an important part of distributing rice in large quantities and is also known as the Bikan Historical Quarter. Along the canal you can see large storehouses that have been converted into various facilities, but still maintain the Edo feel.

Miyajima Island

Chugoku | Hiroshima Prefecture | Miyajima Island

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Miyajima Island is located one hour away from Hiroshima by ferry. It is mostly known for the torii gate that gives the illusion of floating on the water during high tide. The view of the gate is ranked as one of the top three views in Japan.

Motonosumi-Inari Shrine

Chugoku | Yamaguchi Prefecture | Nagato

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Motonosumi Inari Shrine has been listed by CNN as one of the top 31 beautiful places in Japan. There are 123 red torii gates going down a mountain side towards the Sea of Japan with beautiful greenery surrounding them.

Adachi Museum of Art

Chugoku | Shimane Prefecture | Matsue

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Adachi Museum of Art is located in the city of Yasugi in Shimane Prefecture. The Zen gardens in the museum have won annually for being one of the best Japanese gardens in the country.

Shimanami Kaido

Chugoku | Hiroshima Prefecture | Onomichi

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Shimanami Kaido is a toll road that passes through 6 small islands. It starts from the main island of Honshu and connects to the Shikoku region.

Takachiho Gorge

Kyushu | Miyazaki Prefecture | Takachiho

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Takachiho Gorge is a beautiful narrow chasm that was formed by the Gokase River. You can find the gorge in the northern part of Miyazaki Prefecture within the center of the Kyushu Mountains.