Japan is a unique country that contains the most ancient relics, medieval monuments and cutting-edge technology. You need to go to this country though because of such eclecticism. A country that respects its past and at the same time opens doors to the future for the whole world is worthy of the attention of even the most fastidious tourists. What do you need to see in Japan to fall in love with this country forever?
Fuji-Hakoni-Izu National Park
Fuji-Hakoni-Izu is a national park located in the center of the island of Honshu. The park, founded in 1936, has an area of 1227 sq. km. Main attractions:
- The famous Mount Fuji
- Mountain lakes
- Hot springs and waterfalls
- Buddhist and Shinto temples.
One of the main tourist spots in the park is the Hakone cable car. This mountain used to be an active volcano. Now he sleeps, but there are 6 small volcanoes nearby, which still smoke today. Transparent cable car cabins are a great way to see all the sights from a bird's eye view. Immediately after landing, thermal springs and a mountain lake await tourists.
In 2004, Matsumoto Castle - the most beautiful in the Land of the Rising Sun - celebrated its 500th anniversary. One of the main features of the construction is that the donjon rests on 10 wooden pillars driven into the swampy ground with axes. Matsumoto received the nickname "Black Crow Castle" for its five-story roofs resembling wings and black walls. The building is located in one of the most picturesque places in Japan: on the shore of a lake where white swans swim. Thanks to the efforts of the staff, a garden with chrysanthemums and a park with sakura were located on the territory of the castle.
Ramen Museum in Yokohama
Japan is a paradise for tourists who love gastronomic tours. Ramen noodles are one of the most popular dishes in the country. It will be deliciously cooked in almost every institution in Japan, but the ramen museum in Yokohama, half an hour from Tokyo, holds the palm. The museum building completely recreates the look of a Japanese street in the mid-20th century, where you can taste the most delicious noodles.
Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island is a treasure in the Land of the Rising Sun. Located in the Inland Sea of Japan, the Shinto shrine and its prayer grounds attract pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. After praying, they go for a walk around the island with monkeys and deer living in the wild and taste momiji-monju - small cakes that are only made on Miyajima Island.
Hot springs in Kusatsu
Every first-time visitor to Japan should enjoy a hot spring at a traditional ryokan inn. The Kusatsu hot springs are located 3 hours from Tokyo. The visit program is as follows:
- Walking in picturesque parks
- Contemplation of hot lakes and springs
- During the walk - snack on street food: eggs boiled in springs or grilled fish caught in springs
- Enjoy the views from the highest Kusatsu hill
- In the evening, a kaiseki dinner consisting of 10 traditional dishes.
Miraikan Museum in Tokyo
The Japanese are unsurpassed leaders in technology, and they have collected their achievements in the capital's Miraikan Museum. Visitors get the feeling that they are in the future. Everyone can feel like a hero of a film who has fallen to another planet; watch the huge seismological station, talk and play football with the robot Asimo.
Hiroshima Memorial Complex
A black page in the history of Japan and the whole world is the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by atomic bombs, which happened in 1945. The memory of this tragic event was embodied in the memorial complex in Hiroshima, on the territory of which the park and the Museum of Peace are located. There are monuments to the victims, and their stories are told. The Eternal Fire is burning, which, according to the legend of the creators, will go out when the last atomic bomb in the world is destroyed.
Postal cities in Kiso
At the time of the shogunate, there was such a custom: all the feudal rulers regularly traveled to the capital to pay respect to the ruler of the country. The path was often not a short one, so “post cities” began to appear throughout the country, so that people could have a place to stop, dine and relax. In the 20th century, several of these areas between Tokyo and Nagoya were turned into open-air museums. The main entertainment is to walk the path that samurai walked from one city to another only 150 years ago, and for the night stop in an old house with a fireplace in the middle and dine on a traditional dish.
Sagano Bamboo Forest
In the center of Kyoto there is a real oasis - the Sagano bamboo forest, where the height of the trees reaches 40 meters! A special atmosphere of peace and tranquility haunts everyone who happens to be here, and the complete lack of visibility of the sky due to the height of the bamboo will give an extraordinary feeling. In the evening and at night, the park is illuminated with lights.
The Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium is a great choice if you need to surprise the little traveler. There are hundreds of oceanariums throughout Japan, large and small, but Kaiyukan is recognized as the best. Inside the eight-story building there are:
- Fauna and flora samples from different parts of the Pacific Ocean
- Fish from the rivers of Ecuador
- Penguins from Antarctica
- Local giant salamanders
- Huge tiger shark
- Jellyfish, seals, tuna, corals, seabirds.
You can take part in feeding dolphins, touching a stingray and a real little shark - which other friend of yours can brag about touching a shark?
There are thousands of sights in Japan, you can talk about them for a long time and a lot, and highlighting only 10 is not an easy task. You need to go to this country for impressions, delicious cuisine, beautiful views. Don't forget to grab the most popular souvenirs: a fan, a lucky cat, a kimono, a couple of packs of green tea and rice.