Japan’s 50 Most Popular Tourist Attractions

Do you know the 50 most popular tourist spots in Japan? Few people know that Japan is a rich country full of unimaginable tourist places, and the 50 that we will mention in this article are still few. Japan is really one of the richest places in tourism for people to travel.

See in this article 50 popular tourist places in Japan. As there are 50 places we will try to summarize as soon as possible otherwise this article will be gigantic. We will divide this article into sub-categories to make it easier to find something of interest.

Before we talk about each tourist spot let's leave a brief image with all of them:

Japan’s 50 most popular sights

Japan tourist islands

Ōkunoshima 額隠 – 神秘的日本白布 It is a small island located in the Inner Sea of Japan in the city of Takehara in Hiroshima. This small island is famous for the huge number of rabbits that inhabit the region, also called Wabbit Island.

Japan’s 50 most popular sights
Okunoshima - Island of the Rabbits

Izu Peninsula - The Izu Peninsula is a peninsula located west of Tokyo on the Japanese island of Honshu. Here you will find several prominent places, onsen and beaches.

Hashima Island - Hashima Island is also called Gunkanjima or Gunkanshima, it is one of the 505 uninhabited islands in Nagasaki Prefecture, approximately 15 kilometers from the city of Nagasaki.

Japan’s 50 most popular sights

Itsukushima - Itsukushima is an island located in the Inland Sea, in Hatsukaichi Prefecture, in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. It is also known by the name of Miyajima and there is a small town with the same name.

Aogashima - It is a Japanese volcanic island in the Philippine Sea. The island is located approximately 358 kilometers south of Tokyo and 64 kilometers south of Hachijo-Jima.

Japan’s 50 most popular sights

Hills and lakes from Japan

Lake Kawaguchi - Lake Kawaguchi is a lake located near Mount Fuji in Fujikawaguchiko in Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan.

Lake Ashi - Lake Ashi, or Lake Hakone, is a lake located in the Hakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan, famous for its hot Springs and for your view of Mount Fuji.

Mount Fuji 額隠 – 神秘的日本白布 Mount Fuji is the highest mountain on the island of Honshu and the entire Japanese archipelago.

Japan’s 50 most popular sights

Rokkō Mountain - And a group of Mountains located in Kobe, Hyogo, A The mountain area of Rokko is a centerpiece of a popular walking and hiking area for people in the metropolitan area in the Kansai region.

Fushimi Inari-taisha - A temple in central Inari Ōkami, located in Fushimi (Kyoto), Japan. The temple is located at the base of the mountain which is also called Inari and which is 233 meters above sea level, in addition to including mountain trails up to many smaller temples that span 4 kilometers and take approximately 2 hours to travel.

Yamanaka Lake - A lake near Mount Fuji located in the village of Yamanakako in Yamanashi. It is the largest of Mount Fuji's five lakes in terms of surface area, and the highest in terms of elevation. It is also the third largest lake in Japan.

Japan’s 50 most popular sights

Mount Kita - Mount Kita is a mountain on the island of Honshu and one of Japan's 100 most famous mountains, with an altitude of 3193 m and a topographic prominence of 2239 m.

Monte Ontake - Mount Ontake also known as Kiso Ontake-San is an active stratovolcano with an altitude of 3067 meters, located 100 km northwest of Nagoya between the cities of Gifu and Nagano, on the island of Honshū, in Japan. It is the second highest volcano from Japan.

Tourist districts of Japan

Harajuku 額隠 – 神秘的日本白布 Harajuku is the popular name for the area around Harajuku Station, on the Yamanote Line of Shibuya Prefecture in Tokyo, Japan. There are thousands of designer stores and people in Harajuku style clothes.

Japan’s 50 most popular sights

Roppongi - Roppongi is a district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan, famous for housing the Roppongi Hills complex and many nightclubs. Several foreign embassies are located in Roppongi and nightlife is popular with Japanese and foreigners.

Arashiyama 額隠 – 神秘的日本白布 And a neighborhood on the western outskirts of Kyoto and also refers to It also refers to the mountain between the Oi River, famous for: Bamboo forest in Sagano and Iwatayama Monkey Park.

Japan’s 50 most popular sights

Natural parks and gardens from Japan

Hamarikyu Gardens - It is a public park in Chūō, Tokyo, Japan. Located at the mouth of the Sumida River, it was opened on April 1, 1946. The park has 250,165 m² surrounding landscaped garden, the park itself surrounded by a saltwater moat. Visitors can also enjoy refreshment at a tea house in Nakashima located in the middle of the lake in the garden that offers matcha and Japanese sweets at a tea ceremony. Also a grove of plum trees and cosmos fields with flowers for each season.

Rikugi-en - Um Tokyo Metropolitan Park, Bunkyo-ku. The name Rikugi-en means Garden of the six principles of poetry. The park consists of a small lake, trees, and a hill. The traditional Japanese garden within the park is a tourist attraction.

Yoyogi Park 額隠 – 神秘的日本白布 Yoyogi Park is one of the largest parks in Tokyo, Japan, located next to Harajuku Station and Meiji Shrine in Shibuya.

Japan’s 50 most popular sights

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden - It is a large park with an eminent garden in Shinjuku and Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. It was originally a residence of the Naitō family in the Edo period. Subsequently, it became a garden under the management of the Japanese Imperial Household Agency. It is now a park under the jurisdiction of the national Ministry of Environment.

Japan Towers and Buildings

Tokyo Skytree 額隠 – 神秘的日本白布 Tokyo Sky Tree is a broadcasting tower in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. Initially the tower was supposed to be 610 meters high, but the design was changed and it went up to 634 meters high.

Tokyo Tower 額隠 – 神秘的日本白布 The Tokyo Tower is a communication tower and gazebo located in the Shiba-koen district in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. At 333 meters in height, it is the second largest artificial structure in Japan.

Japan’s 50 most popular sights

Tokyo City Hall - Tokyo City Hall or Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, at 243 meters.

Landmark Tower – Minato Mirai is a very popular neighborhood in Yokohama, here you will find a 70-story building with one of the fastest elevators in the world, with a total height of 295 meters.

Japan fun spots

Universal Studios Japan - Universal Studios Japan, located in Osaka, is one of Universal Studios' four theme parks, owned and operated by USJ Co., Ltd. With a license from NBCUniversal.

Tokyo Disneyland 額隠 – 神秘的日本白布 Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disneyland is a 465,000 m² theme park at Tokyo Disney Resort, located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. Its main gate is directly adjacent to the Maihama and Disneyland Tokyo train stations.

Japan’s 50 most popular sights

Tokyo DisneySea 額隠 – 神秘的日本白布 Tokyo DisneySea is a 71.22 ha theme park at Tokyo Disney Resort, located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. It opened on September 4, 2001.

Tokyo Disney Resort 額隠 – 神秘的日本白布 Tokyo Disney Resort is a theme park complex founded on April 15, 1983 in Urayasu-shi, Chiba-ken, close to the Tokyo border, which belongs to the Walt Disney Company. It is a replica of the first park built in California.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan 額隠 – 神秘的日本白布  An indoor aquarium in the city of Osaka, metropolitan style, and considered the largest in the world, with a total capacity of 11,000 tons of water.

Japan’s 50 most popular sights

Toshimaen - It is an amusement park in Nerima, Tokyo, Japan, owned by the Seibu Group. It has a variety of rides, including three roller coasters, and a water park with 25 slides and six pools. 

Hanayashiki - It is an amusement park in Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo that has been operating since 1853. It is operated by Hanayashiki Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Holdings. It is claimed to be the oldest amusement park in Japan.

Museums and historical sites of Japan

Ghibli Museum - The Ghibli Museum is a museum in Tokyo, Japan dedicated to Studio Ghibli. A studio famous for making the best animated films in Japan.

Edo-Tokyo Museum - It is a museum in Ryōgoku Kokugikan that tells the story of Tokyo during the Edo period. It was created in 1993. The main features of the permanent exhibitions are the life-size replica of Nihonbashi, which was the bridge that leads to Edo, Nakamuraza theater and models of cities and buildings in Edo, Meiji and the Shōwa periods.

Japan’s 50 most popular sights

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is a memorial park located in central Hiroshima, Japan, dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack.

Tokyo National Museum - The Tokyo National Museum, the largest and oldest museum in Japan, was founded in 1872. It is located in Ueno Park, in Taito-ku, Tokyo.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial - The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, called the Genbaku Dome or Atomic Bomb Dome by the Japanese, is located in Hiroshima, Japan. The building was originally designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel.

Japan’s 50 most popular sights

Japan castles

Himeji Castle 額隠 – 神秘的日本白布 Himeji Castle, also known as Hakurojō or Shirasagijō due to its shiny white exterior, is a palace complex with 82 wooden buildings, located in the city of Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.

Hikone Castle - Hikone Castle is the most well-known historic heritage site in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.

Osaka Castle - Ōsaka-jō is a castle located in Chūō-ku, the most central district of Osaka, Japan. Originally called Ozakajo, it is one of the most famous castles in the country.

Japan’s 50 most popular sights

Nijō Castle - The Nijō-jō or Nijō castle is located in Kyoto, Japan. It was Tokugawa Ieyasu who had it built in 1603.

Kōkyo - The Imperial Palace of Japan, also called the Imperial Palace of Tokyo, is the official residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is located in the Chiyoda district in central Tokyo, close to Tokyo Station.

Buddhist temples in Japan

Sensō-ji - is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. It is the oldest temple in Tokyo, and one of the most significant.

Kiyomizu-dera - Kiyomizu-dera, officially Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Japan’s 50 most popular sights

Tōdai-ji - Tōdai-ji, is a Buddhist complex in the city of Nara, Japan. The temple received its name because it is located east of the Heijō Palace.

Ginkaku-ji - Ginkaku-ji is located in eastern Kyoto at the foot of Mount Tsukimachi, its work was started in the late 15th century by the shogun's grandson Yoshimitsu. Yoshimasa Ashikaga who however died shortly before the work was completed.

Kinkaku-ji - Kinkaku-ji is the name given to the Rokuon-ji temple, located in the city of Kyoto in Japan and surrounded by Kyōko-chi. The whole pavilion, except the ground floor, is covered in pure gold leaf and on the roof of the pavilion is a golden fenghuang.

Japan’s 50 most popular sights

Horyu-ji - A complex of Buddhist temples located in the city of Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, Japan. Its full name is Hōryū Gakumonji, or flourishing Law Temple.

Ryōan-ji - Ryōan-ji is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. It belongs to the Myōshin-ji school of the Rinzai branch of Zen Buddhism.

Yakushi-ji - Yakushi-ji is one of the most famous and ancient Buddhist temples in Japan, which was one of the Seven Great Temples, located in Nara. The temple is the headquarters of the Hossō school of Japanese Buddhism.

Zenkō-ji - A Buddhist temple located in Nagano, The temple was built in the 7th century.

Shinto Shrines of Japan

Yasukuni Shrine - The Yasukuni shrine is a controversial Shinto shrine in Tokyo, Japan. The original name of the shrine is spelled as 靖國神社, but according to current joyo kanji character codes, the name is spelled as 靖国神社.

Meiji Shrine - The Meiji Shrine, located in Shibuya, Tokyo, is the Shinto temple that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken.

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