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Top places to visit in Japan

March 24 , 2021 by: Tash Boudville

Are you in the midst of planning a holiday? Are you not sure where to go? Have you ever thought about visiting Japan?

Japan is a remarkable place to plan your next getaway from the deep line of history to learn, beautiful gardens to explore and delicious foods to try. You could fill your day up with things to do in no time. Japan has a population of roughly 120 million people and is within the top 10 safest places to visit in the world. In this article, I will discuss the many fun and intriguing places the whole family can enjoy. These places include Hiroshima, Niseko, Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo.

Hiroshima

If you want a trip to Japan to learn the unique history, you have to Hiroshima. Hiroshima is a modern city in Japan that was struck by tragedy in 1945 when the atomic bombing of World War II was in play. The nuclear bomb killed roughly 220,000 residents of the area either from the force of the bomb or the radioactivity. Whilst many building got ripped apart from the strength of the hit, some structures remain.

Survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki | Atomic Heritage Foundation

A monumental attraction that is worth visiting is the Atomic bomb dome. The dome is the historic remains of what the atomic bomb cast off. Back in the day, this site was factually the prefectural industrial promotion hall.

Niseko

Are you a more outdoors type of person? Do you like skiing and want to visit Japan’s top ski stop. Niseko is the ultimate place to plan a vacation if you love skiing or snowboarding and is a good place for the children to get some fresh air. Apart from Niseko’s love of snowboarding, skiing, and snow, there are many other fun activities to enjoy. Niseko also makes the best noodles in all of Japan. And it is definitely worth trying the restaurant Sobadokoro Rakuichi noodles. When it’s cold outside, this is definitely a great winter warmer.

 

Hokkaido, Niseko on Pixabay

If you want a relaxing day in Niseko has many beautiful traditional hot spring called an onsen. Some people find this luxurious experience therapeutic due to the onsen containment of minerals. For some spectacular views of Mt. Yotei, visit the Hilton Niseko Village.

Kyoto

Are you interested in the temples or shrines? Kyoto may be the place for you. Kyoto is one of the biggest cities in Japan. And is also one of many that remain to stick to their ancestor’s ways of life.

Kyoto hasn’t changed much since the beginning of time apart, and most households have kept their culture and traditions alive. Some residents still live in the traditional wooden houses built by previous generations. And you may even catch a glimpse of modern-day geishas walking down the cobbled streets.

 

Fushimi Inari Shrine by Thanapat Pirmphol on Pixabay

A remarkable shrine that will make your trip to Kyoto worthwhile is the Fushimi Inari shrine. Around Japan, you will find many vermillion torii gates. But the Fushimi Inari shrine a thousand times more. These gates were built and devoted to the Shinto god of rice, Inari.

Osaka

If you’re going to Japan for the food and nightlife, Osaka is where you would want to be. Dōtonbori is Osaka number one hotspot for the ultimate food destination. It has everything from food cafes to unique street food stalls.

Some great food options you can try in this area would be Japan’s famous dish, Takoyaki. Takoyaki is, in other words, called “octopus balls”. Takoyaki is made out of a wheat flour batter stuffed and topped with octopus, pickled ginger, green onions. And the balls served with some delicious sauce.

Takoyaki, the Osaka Street Snack | Japan Experience

If you’re into amusement parks or have kids with you, Osaka has its very own Universal Studios. These amusement parks have gotten equipped with most rides that the Orlando or Hollywood universal studios would have, only spoken in Japanese. What better way to spend a day out than enjoying some fun and thrilling rides and eating popular snacks?

Tokyo

Tokyo is known to be the tourist hub of all of Japan and is popularly known for its bustling cities. The bright lights, neon city, lively nightlife, and filled with many intriguing activities to do. You’ll find that many tourists that visit Japan go to Tokyo. And for good reasons too. For starters, if you have children with you, Tokyo has a spectacular Disneyland and DisneySea. At both amusement parks, you can ride hundreds of rides and eat till your sick. There is so much to do here that you’d need at least two to three days to cover the parks.

6 Crazy Facts About Tokyo's Population (2021) - Inside the World's Top Megacity | LIVE JAPAN travel guide

Tokyo is also a great place if you are a gamer. Did you know they have a whole street dedicated to gaming and all things related to games? How does driving around Tokyo city in a Mario go-kart sound? In summary, Tokyo is Japans metro area and has everything your heart desires.

Citations

https://www.thecrazytourist.com/15-best-things-to-do-in-niseko-japan/

https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/bombing-of-hiroshima-and-nagasaki

http://www.columbia.edu/itc/ealac/V3613/kyoto/intro/index.html#:~:text=Kyoto%3A%20History%20and%20Background,as%20the%20heart%20of%20Japan.

https://www.thecrazytourist.com/15-best-things-kyoto-japan/

https://jw-webmagazine.com/osaka-bucket-list-2019-20-best-things-to-do-in-osaka-dd105d96399a/

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