Sensō-Ji, an ancient Buddhist temple dedicated to Kannon Bosatsu (the Buddhist goddess of mercy). located in Asakusa, Sensō-Ji is Tokyo's oldest and most significant temple. One of Japan's must-see sights, it is said to be the most widely visited spiritual site in the world with over 30 million visitors annually. Take time to explore the grounds around Senso-Ji, which are rich in pristine Japanese landscape design and also surrounded by souvenir shops where you can find tapestries, kimonos, kitschy key chains, finger foods, and other Japanese favourites.
Japan, stands out as a leader in the automotive, electronics industries and a significant contributor to science and technology. There are so many things that make this city a centre of attraction from the culture, art, gastronomy, music, and more. Other interesting features of this island nation are embedded in nature and geography. This article takes a look at the nine amazing attractions in Japan. Read on to find out more
1. Sensō-ji, Taito City, Japan -
2. Himeji Castle, Himeji, Japan -
Also known as White Heron Castle due to its elegant white appearance, Himeji Castle which sits on top of a forested hill in Hyogo Prefecture is widely considered as Japan's most spectacular castle for its imposing size and beauty and its well preserved, complex castle grounds. Unlike many other Japanese castles, both a national treasure and a world heritage site were never destroyed by war, earthquake, or fire and survived to this day as one of the country's twelve original castles.
3. Fushimi Inari-taisha, Kyōto-shi, Japan - €
Famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings, leading into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari (233 meters), Fushimi Inari-Taisha is the head shrine of the kami Inari (the Shinto god of rice and sake), located in Southern Kyoto. Although the basic reason most foreign visitors come to Fushimi Inari Shrine is to explore the mountain trails, the shrine buildings themselves are also attractive with interesting features like the numerous fox statues across the shrine grounds, stemming from the belief that foxes are Inari's messengers.
Address:68 Fukakusa Yabunouchichō, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, 612-0882, Japan
Phone: +81 75-641-7331
4. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kyoto, Japan -
One of Kyoto's top sights, standing amid the Arashiyama soaring stalks of bamboo, feels like being in another world. No wonder it is one of the most photographed sights in the city, located on the outskirts of Kyoto. Also called Sagano Bamboo Forest, it is Japan's most famous bamboo forest.
5. Osaka Castle, Osaka, Japan -
Japanese castle in Chūō-Ku, Osaka Castle is one of Japan's most famous landmarks. Also famous for its very eventful history, the castle played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period. Surrounded by secondary citadels, gates, turrets, impressive stone walls and moats, is the castle tower.
6. Mount Fuji, Fujinomiya, Japan -
Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in the world and one of the most famous in the world. With about 200,000 people climbing to the summit every year, the mountain is quite an attraction. Aside from the nearly perfectly shaped volcano being popular among artists and common people throughout the centuries, Mount Fuji has been worshipped as a sacred mountain because it is a physical, cultural, and spiritual symbol of Japan.
7. Kamikochi, Matsumoto, Japan -
About 1500 meters above sea level, Kamikochi is a roughly 15-kilometre long plateau in the Azusa River Valley. A popular resort in the Northern Japan Alps of Nagano Prefecture, offering some of Japan's most spectacular mountain scenery, it is surrounded by tall mountains, including Nishihotakadake (2909 m), Okuhotakadake (3190 m), Maehotakadake (3090 m), and the active volcano Yakedake (2455 m). Kamikochi which is part of the Chubu Sangaku National Park has only been moderately developed with the necessary facilities.
8. Mount Hotaka, Matsumoto, Japan - €€
Also known as Mount Hotakadake, this is one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains according to the media. With a height of 3,190 m (10,466 ft), Mount Hotaka is situated in Japan's Hida Mountains and part of Chūbu-Sangaku National Park.
9. Itsukushima Shrine, Hatsukaichi, Japan -
Centuries-old Shrine, Itsukushima situated on Miyajima is the source of the island's fame and name. The shrine, located in a small inlet, is known worldwide for its iconic "floating" torii gate, which is set out in the Seto Inland Sea. Visiting Itsukushima Shrine is quite an intriguing experience.