Japan is a fascinating and mind-blowing country that should be on top of your bucket-lists. The country is filled with a plethora of thrilling activities that you can do. You cannot explore its wealth of attraction in one visit and you will surely come back to the country for more. The country has a great blend of ancient temples with futuristic skyscrapers waiting for you to explore them. Some of the best things to do in Japan are listed below.
Top things to do in Japan
Explore Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is considered the most recognizable landmark in Japan, it is also the highest mountain peak in the country. The mountain soars high at 3,776m over a flat landscape and you can easily see it from Tokyo which is over 100km away. The mountain is also recognized by UNESCO for its cultural significance. The mountain attracts over a million climbers every year as an act of pilgrimage which includes sunrise views from the summit. Although you can climb the mountain from the base, many climbers start climbing at the 5th station where you will go on 6 hours climb to the top. If you are not up for this thrilling adventure, you can simply view the mountain from a distance or the speeding train.
Go dining at the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo
The Robot Restaurant in Tokyo offers diners more than a gastronomy experience as you will feel like you are in the future. The restaurant features enormous robots and thrilling laser shows for its unique experience. The restaurant is family-friendly and it is filled with a wide range of fun activities that you can try out. You should be ready to pay extra for this experience but will surely leave a long-lasting imprint on your mind.
Visit the Osaka Castle
This castle was constructed by popular Japanese warrior and politician Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1586. It was regarded as the largest and most important fortress in Japan when it was built. The castle has a rich history as it was demolished and reconstructed numerous times and the present structure dates back to 1931. The highlight of the castle is the main tower where you can learn more about the history of the castle and the city, you should also make sure you head to the top of the tower for mind-blowing views of the city. You should also make sure you wander around the park of the castle which is not far from Jokoku Shrine and Shitenno-Ji temple that you can also explore.
Go sightseeing at the Atsuta Shrine, Nagoya
This shrine is located in the heart of Nagoya and it is the major Shinto shrine in Japan, it attracts over 5 million tourists every year. Atsuta Shrine was built in the first century and it is popular for its preserved Imperial insignia, the grass-mowing sword which is one of the only three in the country. You should also make sure you do not miss the principal shrine which is encircled by an enclosing wall and the treasury filled with varieties of artworks such as ceramics, traditional masks, old and modern paintings, and jewelry.
Explore the Kitakyushu’s flower tunnels
This is a great destination to go for nature lovers where you get to see stunning purple, lavender, and pink-colored flowers drifting lazily from the ceiling. The garden can be found in the wisteria tunnels in Kitakyushu and will surely leave you mesmerized as the garden looks otherworldly. The best time to visit the Kawachi Fuji Garden is between April to May if you want to experience Japan’s love for elegance and nature.
Visit the bamboo forest in Kyoto
Sagano Bamboo Forest offers the tourist an escape from the hustle and bustle of Kyoto. The forest is filled with hundreds of bamboo groves and numerous temples and shrines to explore. The bamboo forest is a popular hotspot for both the locals and tourists and you will enjoy the calming rustling noise of the bamboo stalks which will keep you relaxed. Although it is usually crowded, you will still easily be at peace here as your mind will wander with the chanting of the monks nearby.
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