Japan is a unique country in a very interesting sense; it accommodates both the ancient aspect of life and modernity, so visiting this country you will get a lot of choices on the places to visit and things to do. It is one of the most industrialized nations in the world yet has some of the oldest historical spots that have been preserved for centuries. Long before most of the spectacular temples you know in Europe were built, Japan already had Buddhist temples, and these are facts that have been kept alive to date.
Having visited Japan and the different awesome spots you could visit that will make your vacation more interesting, here are few a few placs that you could visit while in Japan.
Undoubtedly, Mount Fuji is the most recognizable landmark in Japan, and this is also the highest mountain peak in the country. It towers 3,776 meters and is located on an otherwise largely flat landscape. The mountain can be seen from Tokyo, which is more than 100 kilometers away and visitors who would like to get a clearer picture are able to travel near its base.
This is a location where selfie lovers will call paradise and due to the millions of people who visit the destination every year, you will find a lot of things you could buy that will serve well as souvenirs. The importance of the mountain cannot be overlooked as it is registered as a UNESCO icon and preserved well not only for its significance historically, but for the sake of the contribution it makes to the environment.
The Osaka Castle dates back as far as the 16th century, actually in 1586. It was built by a famous politician and warrior, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and was the largest and most significant fortress in Japan at the time. The castle not only exhibits magnificent beauty, but stands as a true testimony to the creativity and architecture that existed in the era it was constructed. Besides the castle is the Osaka Castle Park, which houses several temples including the Shitenno-ji, which is believed has existed since AD 59. These are some of the places that will give you an opportunity to learn thoroughly about the history of the Japanese people.
The Fukuoka’s Castle is among few examples of prolific and majestic homes that were built centuries ago by the city rulers and Shoguns. It once existed as part of a complex that made part of 47, 000 square meters. With its size and beauty, this castle qualifies as a world wonder and will trigger you to think about the creativity and attention to detail that the builders engaged. Many people who visit this place wear traditional costumes and it is an awesome experience interacting with residents who can share with you the history of the castle.
While on your visit to Japan, you also need to remember to visit the Miyajima Island, which is famous across the world as the Shrine Island of Japan. It covers 30 square kilometers and is located in Hiroshima Bay. This island is home to the Itsukushima Shrine, a temple that is reserved for Princess daughters of Susanoo, the wind god. The shrine dates back to the eighth century, and most of the buildings around the shrine rise from the waters and are held up by piles.
This is one of the most visited places in Japan, and is among few cities in the country that survived the damages that were caused during the Second World War. It attracts over 10 million visitors annually who come to witness the different art galleries and museums located within the region. There are also shops that sell sculptures, paintings, and products that will make for souvenirs, and you are also able to interact with guides who will explain to you the history of the destination. Its beauty is evident as there has been successful effort to preserve the ancient art that dates back more than 1000 years.