The 10 Must-see Places and Events in Japan
Travelling to Japan and wondering where to go, what to do, what to see and where to visit? The complete list would be too long, so we have decided to put forward 10 places that are definitively worth visiting during your stay in Japan. The land of the rising sun is full of wonders that make you say “WOW”, or even “This country is unique”. Every day, it amazes tens, hundreds, or even thousands of travellers from around the world, as well as the Japanese that travel around their own country.
We have put together a small selection of 10 must-see places and events in Japan for you, and here they are:
This is a sacred island near the famous Hiroshima. This island offers you a magnificent view, worthy of the most beautiful postcard, and will make you believe that humanity and nature can sometimes live in perfect harmony.
We have chosen Kabukicho, a “restaurant” located right in the heart of the “hot” district of Tokyo, whose creation cost a mere 100 million dollars. The robot show they put on inside is simply crazy.
3. The Yuki Matsuri
One of the most impressive Japanese festivals, it takes place in Sapporo, on the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan, in early February. It is a festival during which the city streets are adorned with incredible snow and ice sculptures.
4. The Sakura
The Japanese cherry trees in bloom are an absolute must-see, and can be admired in late March/early April across much of the country. It is a spectacle that nature puts on every year for the Japanese, who in turn go for picnics, by day and by night, at the foot of these cherry trees.
5. The Sanja Matsuri in Tokyo
This is another festival, one of the three largest in Japan; it takes place in May, in the Tokyo district of Asakusa. It is an opportunity to see the Yakuza gang proudly display their tattoos and put on a show.
6. The Tsukiji Market
The largest fish market in the world, which is going to be moved in Spring 2016, and which is definitely worth visiting before it closes.
7. The Momiji
In Autumn, the leaves of the Japanese maple trees turn red, providing an opportunity for the Momiji season to be enjoyed as yet another one of nature’s beautiful spectacles.
How can a stay to Tokyo be complete without a visit to the museum that is dedicated to the works of Studio Ghibli? It is a must-see that will delight both the young and old.
9. Tokyo’s Comiket
This is the largest Otaku event in the world, with no less than 500,000 Manga, Anime and other Cosplay fans gathering together every year (in August and December). This is a free event whose appeal is immense.
10. The Namba Yasaka Jinja
This is a small temple that is hidden deep in the streets of the city of Osaka, the capital of Kansai. You might ask “Why it is worth seeing?” Simply because one of its buildings is nothing but a huge lion’s head with wide-open jaws, which would nearly have you believe that it is about to devour you.
With these 10 places to visit in Japan, you can get a little bit closer to some of the important elements of the land of the rising sun, and discover the country just that little bit more.
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