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Must See & Do in Japan


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Things Not to Miss in Japan

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Japan has so many places to go that it becomes difficult to choose. Nature related places can include the lavender fields in Hokkaido, Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Cherry Blossoms at Ueno Park, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, etc. You can even hike to some religious sites and go on a pilgrimage while admiring the flora and fauna of the mountains. Speaking of mountains you can also go to places with amazing views of Mount Fuji in the distance or up close. Japan is full of historical sites that will make your head spin trying to decide on which one to go to first. | View more

Kyoto is full of historic temples and shrines like Kiyomizudera, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) and many more. Let us not forget about the nearby areas that have original castles like Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle that are a sight to behold. Then in the Kanto region you have Nikko where it is not only a beautiful place to visit it is also the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu who ushered in the Edo period and 250 years of the Tokugawa Shogunate. There is also the Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo where it can be identified by the giant red lantern located at the entrance. If temples, shrines, and castles do not catch your interest then the Iga Ninja Museum where they exhibit real tools used by past ninjas should get your attention. They even do demonstrations of what ninjas practiced to improve their skills.

Now Japan has modern places to visit too like Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, etc. Tokyo Skytree is a new television signal station that replaced Tokyo Tower back in 2012. It has upgrades that attract visitors from all over the globe. Now if you were to wander around Tokyo you will be blinded by all the neon light signs at night time. The public transportation is amazing in the country and riding the train through the Seikan Undersea Tunnel is another testament to their engineering capabilities. If you are looking for a firsthand experience of Japanese cultures then doing a homestay can fulfill that need.

Staying with a family can provide insight to the lifestyle of Japanese people. You will have the chance to try food that maybe vastly different from what you are used to. Each region has their food specialties like Osaka with fried street food and Kobe with the very delicious Wagyu Beef. Trying the different flavors of each area will open up your taste buds to a world of deliciousness. There are in all honesty too many things to do in Japan that one trip cannot suffice unless you are there for a long time.

Highlights of Arts & Architecture

Seikan Undersea Tunnel


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The Seikan Undersea Tunnel is the longest railroad tunnel in the world that goes under water. It is a rail that connects the island Hokkaido with the main one known as Honshu.

The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum

Kanto | Saitama Prefecture | Omiya

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Omiya Bonsai Art Museum is the first publicly bonsai art museum in the world. The purpose of the museum is to educate patrons about the various forms of bonsai.

Tokyo Tower

Kanto | Tokyo

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Tokyo Tower is the old television communication tower, which has now been converted to the Tokyo One Piece Tower. It was modeled after the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Tokyo SkyTree

Kanto | Tokyo

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Tokyo Skytree is a tall brightly metallic spire rising out of Tokyo’s Sumida ward, and at 634 meters, is currently the tallest tower in the world.

Ghibli Museum

Kanto | Tokyo

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The Ghibli Museum is a Tokyo museum dedicated to the art of Japanese animation, as well as an exhibition of the colorful characters and scenes from films made by Studio Ghibli.

Hakone Open-Air Museum

Kanto | Kanagawa Prefecture | Hakone

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The Hakone Open-Air Museum is an outdoor museum in the city of Hakone. It seeks to harmonize art with nature in a plethora of fascinating sculptures.

Kenrokuen Garden

Chubu | Ishikawa Prefecture | Kanazawa

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Kenrokuen Garden is located in Kanazawa. The traditional landscape garden was designed to provide visitors with a different view in each season.

Miho Museum

Kansai | Shiga Prefecture | Koka

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Miho Museum was designed by the architect I.M. Pei to showcase the extensive art collection of the Shumei Family. The building is situated in the forested area west of Koka.

Naoshima Island

Shikoku | Kagawa Prefecture | Naoshima Island

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Naoshima Island is located in the Seto Inland Sea and is part of Kagawa Prefecture. The island is mostly known for the modern art museums, sculptures, and architecture that were funded by the Benesse Corporation.