Iconic Japan – All the major hot spots you need to see!

Japan is full of picturesque views and sites just waiting for you to explore. However, you may have only seen certain areas in pictures, and have no clue yourself where some of them are. Worry not, because that’s just what we are here to do for you! Let’s get started!

1. Arakurayama Sengen Park, Yamanashi Prefecture

Arakurayama Sengen Park with view of Mt.Fuji

The Arakurayama Sengen Park in Yamanashi prefecture is among the most iconic sites in Japan, with it’s unforgettable views of Mt.Fuji, mixing with the aesthetic of the 6th century shrine, the view is breathtaking – as long as you have a clear day. 

In the spring, many of the trees in the park enter peak beauty as the cherry blossoms begin to do their thing and stun the world. The viewing area of Mt.Fuji and the pagoda is located on a hill side, and there are approximately 400 steps required to reach it. Click here for more info

2. Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto Prefecture

Fushimi Inari Taisha is a shrine located in west Kyoto, only a short train ride away from Kyoto station. It’s popular due to the roughly 10,000 bright orange torii gates which line the pathway up the side of the mountain to the main worship area. Along the way, there is scenic views of the city skyline, and on clear days, you can even see Osaka and further.

During the day hours, this particular shrine is so full of people, it’s very rare to get a photo like this, however, early mornings, a photo like this is more than achievable.  

3. Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo Prefecture

The Shibuya Crossing is the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing, famous for the sea of people who use the crossing at any time. The crossing is busy from early morning, around about 6:00am onwards, though until about 9:00pm, and are especially busy during the morning and afternoon work/school rushes. 

It’s located on the norther end of Shibuya station,  which services approximately a billion passengers annually.

4. Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Prefecture

The Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima city, Hiroshima Prefecture is one of the most historically important sites in all of Japan, as it is one of the only surviving buildings within the epicenter of the Atomic bomb that was dropped on the city, August 6th, 1945, killing approximately 146,000 people on the day and over the course of the following months. Today, it stands as a monument of the horrors of war, and is highly recommended that you visit, it is a truly emotional experience. 

5. Nara Deer Park, Nara Prefecture

The Nara Deer Park is a popular region in the city of Nara, famous for the countless wild deer who roam the streets. You can even feed the deer by purchasing a pack of deer cookies from the local vendors for 150JPY. 

Just be warned, the deer, while the may seem tame, they are still wild, and will almost definitely get aggressive or nippy when food is about, make sure you properly secure anything, including bags and maps.

6. Golden Temple, Kyoto Prefecture

The Golden Temple, otherwise known in Japanese as the Kinkaku-ji,  in Kyoto is one of the most picturesque locations in all of Japan, especially if you have optimal viewing conditions. 

The temple dates back to the late 1300’s, and yes, it is real gold on the outside. However, it is purely gold foil, so it’s not solid. Regardless of that fact, the temple is still stunning to see in person, and there is a lovely walk around the gardens and the historic tea houses. A must visit in Kyoto. 

7. Asakusa, Tokyo Prefecture

Asakusa is a popular shrine area in the heart of Tokyo, most famous for Senso-ji. It’s popular for it’s expansive street of shops, enormous gates, and spacious shrine grounds. The complex was originally founded in the 600’s, and has since stood as an important cultural landmark in Tokyo. 

This area can get very crowded, very quickly, so make sure you are alert and follow the flow of traffic, don’t attempt to walk out of the flow of traffic, you will only make life challenging for you and several others.

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