Places Hard to Miss on your Trip to Japan

If you are planning your next trip to Japan, make sure you plan it well. Before you structure your trip it is very important to sit down and chalk out the places you want to visit in the country. As the entire country is picturesque, wrapped in culture and soaked in tradition, finalising the best places to visit is very difficult. However, here are a few places you should not miss on your trip to Japan.

Himeji Castle

This is also known as the ‘White Heron Castle’ and is one of the twelve castles that are in its original condition. It is located in the Himeji-Hyogo prefecture and isn’t far from Osaka. The castle is surrounded by pine and cherry trees and therefore is a beautiful site, especially in spring. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was built between 1333 and 1346 and expanded in 1601-1608. It is definitely one of the places in Japan you must visit.

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Todai-ji Hall, Nara

This must not be missed by any tourist visiting the country of Japan. It is Japan’s oldest capital also is marked as its first city. The city was founded in the 8th century and its most renowned monument is the Todai-ji Hall, the biggest wooden building in the world. Inside there are huge statues amongst which is a gigantic Daibutsu or Buddha. Todai-ji Hall is also the centre of Kegon Buddhism in the country of Japan. There are also other interesting places to see in Nara, which include a few archaeological sites and the skittish deer that are found in plenty in the city.

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Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain standing at 12,377 feet and is one of the most iconic natural landmarks in the country. It is climbed by almost a quarter million people every year, usually during July and August. It is visited and viewed so much mostly because it is near Kanto and the plain surrounding Tokyo. The visibility of the peak is the best during winter.

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Okinawa

This was first a separate kingdom called Ryukyu Ōkoku. This place thrived from the 15th to the 19th century for about 450 years. They were close to China as it was nearer than the mainland of Japan. The Shuri castle (Shurijo) in Naha, Okinawa, was the administrative centre and royal court of the Ryukyu government. The castle was burnt and rebuilt many a times and was last rebuilt in 1992. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Before visiting the country you must read a blog about Japan so that you know more about the place and its people. These blogs will also give you information about places to visit, where to shop, and food to eat and also tell you at length about the culture of the land.

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