Attractions are present in several cities of the islands that form the archipelago, full of culture, particularities and beautiful landscapes
Japan is considered by many tourists to be one of the most enchanting destinations in the world, and there is no lack of elements to confirm this statement. Extremely rich in culture, art, gastronomy and entertainment, the country, which is also full of peculiarities and beautiful scenery, has unmissable tourist spots. It is worth highlighting the main ones.
Even though it is geographically small, with an area of 377,973 km², there are many places to visit in the archipelago (set of islands grouped in the ocean). In it, modernities harmonize well with antiquities, and the tour options are for all tastes, from castles and museums to volcanoes, from secular festivals to modern art and historic cities.
One of the best times of the year to travel to Japan, according to tourism experts, is autumn, between September and December, as temperatures are mild, around 20 degrees. In early spring comes the cherry blossoms, in which the trees color landscapes and Hanami, a traditional Japanese ritual of contemplating flowers, takes place.
Another important local issue is language. Some visitors may be apprehensive about the Japanese language, but there is no reason to worry, since the country has a tourist aspect, in general, and, recently, it hosted the 2020 Olympics, which meant that the signs in the capital Tokyo and other cities were further adapted.
Before listing the main places that need to be visited, one cannot fail to mention the politeness and kindness of the Japanese, especially with tourists. The people are very welcoming and make visitors feel at home, always willing to help.
With its absolutely technological architecture, known as high tech, the capital is an immense megalopolis full of famous, radiant and very beautiful places. In fact, it is a world apart, which causes joy and, at the same time, a little dizziness and alienation.
A mix of ancient traditions and cutting-edge technology, with beautiful historic temples next to skyscrapers, lush shops and restaurants. And the list of attractions to visit is huge, with buildings designed by great Italian architects, such as Renzo Piano and Le Corbusier, for example.
The most famous museums on the Asian continent, including the Edo-Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art in Shibuya, constitute an important network of historical institutions. In addition, it is worth going to the largest fish market in the world and trying different delicacies.
The gastronomy, made up of restaurants specializing in sushi, a typical Japanese dish, and seafood, draws attention not only for the food, but also for the excellent tea houses scattered around and ornaments made with the art of origami folding. Not to mention the Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant, one of the best in Japanese food in the world, which is located inside a subway station, with the highest score in the Michelin Guide.
In the city, it is impossible not to remember the Tokyo Sky Tree Town, which is incredible 634 meters high, where you can visit the observation tower, the aquarium, the planetarium and a shopping center. The Senso-Ji temple, considered the oldest in the capital, is also a very relevant, imposing and unmissable tourist spot.
For those looking to embark on Japanese culture, Kyoto, which was the capital of Japan until the 19th century and hosted the Empire, is a great choice. Considered a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Nijo Castle, where Japanese generals ordered military actions, is a sight to behold.
Koyasan temple and Shingon Buddhist center are great places for monk lovers. In them, tourists can participate in rituals, prayers and a complete and very tasty vegetarian diet. Other surprising attractions are the Aoi Matsuri festival in May, Gion in July and Jidai in October.
As is already known, the Japanese archipelago is made up of several islands, and Hokkaido, along with Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, is among the main ones. The coldest region of the country is simply enchanting, full of activities for those who love adventure, snow festivals, skiing, snowboarding and parks.
One of the most famous events in Hokkaido, the Sapporo Snow Festival takes place in February, and offers beautiful snow sculptures, ice skating, music and dancing, as well as dining options, notably miso ramen, a specialty of the region . Hakodate, another city on the island, is among the most beautiful night sights in the world, with a beautiful hill in the background, and has a star-shaped park.
Respected by mountaineers, loved by painters and idolized by photographers. This is a separate attraction in the country. In winter or summer, with or without the layer of snow, the view of this dormant volcano is unique and extraordinary.
Fuji, despite not being among the highest in the world, is a mountain at an altitude of 3,776 meters, so it can be seen from far away, hundreds of kilometers away, and draws a lot of attention for its charm. There are also shops and a pleasant temple, with a view that requires a considerable amount of time to take pictures and enjoy the peace that the mountain brings.
Many people may imagine that the city of Hiroshima, due to its history in World War II, has a tense and heavy atmosphere, but this does not materialize when you get there. The place expresses subtlety and tranquility. In fact, it is a great opportunity for visitors to reflect on the history of the world and human beings in general.
With a clean and modern appearance, it has several attractions, among them the Peace Memorial Museum, also known as the Atomic Bomb Dome, and the Hiroshima Municipal Stadium, where you can watch the local team's baseball games. Access is via the famous Hikari or Nozomi bullet trains.