Japan is one of the most industrialised countries in the world and is a pioneer in many aspects of cutting edge technology, but what many people do not know about this amazing country is that it has a very rich history.
Today, I will be telling you about the best tourist attractions in Japan that you can visit today, trust me, you won’t regret it after visiting these places.
Without a doubt Japan’s most recognizable landmark, majestic Mount Fuji (Fuji-san) is also the country’s highest mountain peak, is one of the best tourist attractions to visit in Japan. Towering 3,776 meters over an otherwise largely flat landscape to the south and east, this majestic and fabled mountain is tall enough to be seen from Tokyo, more than 100 kilometres away.
Mount Fuji has been celebrated for centuries in various art and literature and is considered so important an icon that UNESCO recognized its world cultural significance in 2013. It is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park; more than a million people climb Mount Fuji each summer as an act of pilgrimage, which culminates in watching the sunrise from its summit.
While some still choose to begin their climb from the base, the majority of climbers now start from above the halfway mark, at the 5th Station, resulting in a more manageable six-or-so-hour ascent. Those who do attempt the complete climb are advised to depart in the afternoon, breaking up the climb with an overnight stop at one of the “Mountain Huts” designed for this very purpose. An early start the next day gets you to the top for the sunrise.
The mountain is truly one of the best tourist attractions in Japan
Kinkaku-ji or the Temple of the Golden Pavilion is the most popular and one of the best tourist attractions in Japan and Kyoto. The pavilion was originally built as a retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in the late 14th century. Unfortunately, a young monk who had become obsessed with it burned it down in 1950. Five years later, the temple was rebuilt as an exact copy of the original. Emphasis is placed on the building and surrounding gardens being in harmony with one another. The pavilion is covered in gold leaf, which highlights the reflection of the pavilion in the pond, and the pond’s reflection on the building, the view is truly beautiful and it is definitely one of the best tourist attractions in Japan.
Tokyo Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace with its beautiful 17th-century parks surrounded by walls and moats is a must-see when visiting the nation’s capital. Do not be put off by the fact that the majority of the palace is closed to the public (it is still in use by the Imperial family), as there is still enough to see simply by strolling the grounds.
In addition to the many fine views of the palace from numerous points in the surrounding parkland, visitors are permitted into the East Higashi-Gyoen Garden and other areas that are opened to the public as part of an organized tour. One of the most romantic views is of the famous Nijubashi Bridge, or “double bridge,” so named for its watery reflection. All these and more help to add to the glory of the palace and its place on the list of best tourist attractions in Japan
The Tokyo Tower is a testament to the advancement of technology and modern life. Inspired by the Eiffel tower design, it is the second tallest man-made structure in Japan and functions as a communications and observation tower. Visitors can climb the tower for unparalleled views of Tokyo and the surrounding areas as well as visit shops and restaurants near this amazing building. It truly merits a place on the list of best tourist attractions in Japan.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Little needs to be said here of the horrors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in August 1945, but much can be said of the incredible efforts this vibrant city has made to commemorate the many victims of the world’s first nuclear attack. Perhaps even more importantly, Hiroshima has become a symbol of lasting peace.
Visited by more than a million people each year, many from overseas, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park (Hiroshima Heiwa Kinen Kōen) lies at the epicentre of the atomic blast in what was once a bustling part of the city. Here you’ll find a number of important monuments, memorials, and museums relating to the events of that fateful day.
In addition to the grounds and gardens with their colourful cherry blossoms, the park is where you’ll find the Peace Memorial Museum, with its numerous exhibits dealing with the issue of world peace. It is also where you will find the Memorial Cenotaph and the Flame of Peace, as well as the Atom Bomb Dome which is the ruin of an administrative building that lay at the centre of the explosion. It is a truly important and sacred place and is one of the best tourist attractions in Japan.
The Todaiji Temple in Nara is a feat of engineering and one of the best tourist attractions in Japan. It is not only the world’s largest wooden building; it is also home to the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and wildlife, the Kegon school of Buddhism is centred here and the grounds hold many artefacts of Japanese and Buddhist history. Deer are allowed to roam the grounds as messengers of the Shinto gods.
Written By: William Nwokoji