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Things to Do & Attractions in Japan

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Itsukushima Shrine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Itsukushima Shrine, a Shinto holy site on Miyajima Island in the Seto Island Sea near Hiroshima, has a history dating back to the sixth century, when the ...  Read more

Kitanomaru Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Located just north of the Imperial Palace grounds in Tokyo, Kitanomaru Park was once the site of the northernmost section of Edo Castle, where members of the ...  Read more

Kumano Kodo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

The ancient pilgrimage to the Three Grand Shrines of Kumano spans as far back as 1,000 years ago and still continues today. The pilgrimage routes that ...  Read more

Nakasendo Trail

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Have tea with locals. Spend time in nature. Walk between villages. These are the highlights of the Nakasendo trail, a historic walking path through the Kiso ...  Read more

Omotesando

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Omotesando is an attractive, well-groomed, tree-lined street between Shibuya and Minato in Tokyo. Designed as an entranceway to Meiji Shrine, the street pays ...  Read more

Shinjuku Golden Gai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Famous for its architecture and nightlife, this small neighborhood in the heart of Tokyo is comprised of narrow alleys and passages lined with roughly 200 ...  Read more

Toyohira River

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

The Toyohira River stretches for 45 miles (72.5 kilometers) through Hokkaido province, providing the city of Sapporo with its water before emptying into the ...  Read more

Ueno Park (Ueno Koen)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Ueno Park is a public park made up of museums, historical landmarks, and natural beauty. It houses the Tokyo National Museum, the National Science Museum, and ...  Read more

Todai-ji Temple

4.5 star rating: Recommended 119 Reviews

Located in Deer Park (Nara Park) in Nara, about 35 minutes from Osaka by train, Todaiji Temple is one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant ...  Read more

Narusawa Ice Cave

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

The Narusawa Ice Cave is located at the entrance to the Aokigahara Jukai (or Sea of Trees) forest. After being designated by the Ministry of Education as a ...  Read more

Thunder Gate (Kaminarimon)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 206 Reviews

The symbol of the Asakusa neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan, the impressive, large, red Kaminarimon, or Thunder Gate, gives visitors a grand welcome to Senso-ji ...  Read more

Kotokuin (Great Buddha of Kamakura)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 201 Reviews

The 47-foot (14-meter) tall bronze Buddha statue of Kotokuin (Great Buddha of Kamakura) is only the second tallest statue of Buddha in Japan though likely the ...  Read more

Shrine of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 201 Reviews

Kamakura makes for a colorful  and cultural day trip from Tokyo. The small city has over 75 temples and shrines, the biggest and most famous of which is ...  Read more

Studio Ghibli Museum

4.5 star rating: Recommended 185 Reviews

The Studio Ghibli Museum houses art and animation from the world-class Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli, which produced the films Spirited Away , Princess ...  Read more

Komagatake Ropeway

4.5 star rating: Recommended 64 Reviews

See the so-called Nagano Alps from Japan's highest aerial tramway, the Komogatake Ropeway. The Ropeway opened in 1963 and is a popular way to take in one of ...  Read more

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