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Japan Travel Guide: 10 Most Awe-Inspiring Places To Visit In Japan

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Planning a visit to Japan? Well, you’re in the right place because, in this article, we’ll share a Japan travel guide encompassing the best places to visit in Japan for the best experience.

Japan is one of the most beautiful countries in the world- boasting of rich landscapes, beautiful culture and breathtaking cities that anyone would enjoy exploring.

As well, the four seasons in Japan are clearly defined making Japan the best travel destination for anyone who wants to experience summer, spring, autumn, and winter.

Essentially, you can visit Japan at any time of the year because you’ll always find great things to do for that season!

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So let’s get started…

10 Best Places To Visit In Japan

1. Dogo Onsen Honkan in Ehime Prefecture

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Top on the list of the 10 most awe-inspiring places to visit in Japan is Dogo Onsen in Ehime Prefecture.

Ehime prefecture in Japan is famous for the Matsuyama Castle and Dogo Onsen, one of Japan’s oldest hot springs.

Dogo Onsen is a beautiful bathhouse with two indoor baths: Kami no Yu-a larger public bath and Tama no Yu, a smaller, nobler bath.

Apart from enjoying the baths, Dogo Onsen also features a shopping arcade filled with stores open into the night that sells tons of local specialties, gifts, and snacks; the Shiki Memorial Museum and Dogo Park which is a great cherry blossom spot in spring. Here, you can have picnics and barbecue parties.

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Also, Japan is one of the best destinations to visit during the fall season because, in autumn, Japan is filled with all shades of colors.

In Ehime Prefecture, autumn comes in its full bloom. The peak season for autumn colors here is typically late October to mid-November.

2. Shizukuishi Ski Resort

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Here is another winter destination and for all those who love snow skating, Shizukuishi Ski Resort!

The resort provides a spectacular view of Mt. Iwate, which is the highest mountain in the prefecture.

There are 11exciting trails which include a full-scale downhill racecourse and two superior terrain parks.

After a long day of skiing, relax in an open-air bath at Takakura Onsen, located at the bottom of the resort.

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3. Daigo-Ji Temple in Kyoto

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Daigoji Temple is a famous temple located in southeast Kyoto.

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    The important temple is a designated world heritage site that also includes an entire mountainside and an outstanding landscape garden.

    The main temple grounds are located at the bottom of the mountain and connected via a hiking trail to several more temples around the summit.

    This beautiful temple is so historic and the architecture should not be missed.

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    Visiting Guidelines

    From The Japan-Guide site:

    Lower Grounds (Sanboin, Shimo Daigo & Reihokan Museum) Open Hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Daily

    Upper Grounds (Kami Daigo) Open Hours: 9:00 am- 4:00 pm, Daily. Everyone must return to the base of the mountain by 5:00pm

    4. Okinawan Islands

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    If you want to escape Australia’s or Europe’s winter, then head straight to Japan’s tropical Okinawan islands. Specifically, Naminoue Beach in Naha which will be a good spot.

    The subtropical islands of Okinawa are warm and sunny! In September and October when it is quieter, you can visit and most likely, you might have the beautiful beaches, tropical temperatures and world-class snorkeling all to yourself.


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    5. Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine

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    This sightseeing spot is perfect for all those who love nature!

    The shrine is hidden in the forests surrounding Takamori, a small town lying in the Aso region of Kumamoto Prefecture.

    The highly spiritual atmosphere surrounding this Shinto shrine is a well-known power spot among the locals.

    From the Welcome Kyushu Site:

    “Those who visit the shrine and touch the Hogeto Iwa Stone are said to be granted good luck, while the Tree of Nagi, the shrine’s sacred tree, is said to grant good luck for relationships because leaves of Nagi are harder to tear off. “

    6. Takachiho Gorge, Miyazaki

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    Takachiho Gorge is a narrow chasm cut through the rock by the Gokase River.

    The view of this gorge is worth beholding; most especially, the 17m high waterfalls that cascade down the large rocks down to the river below.

    Rental boats are available at the south end of the gorge and with the water so calm and easy to navigate, any traveler can make way here.

    Access & Fees:

    Boat Rental– 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Daily, except when the water levels are high.

    Admission fees are 2000 Japanese Yen per 30 minutes of boat rental, with a maximum of 3 people.

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    7. Mt. Fuji

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    Have you always wanted to climb Mt. Fuji? Then you’ll love to visit Japan for some hiking.

    The mountain, otherwise known as, Fuji-San is an active volcano regarded as one of Japan’s three sacred peaks and iconic sites.

    To enjoy a better view of Mt Fuji, you should head over to the Fuji Five lake at the northern foot of the mountain or to Hakone, a nearby hot spring resort.

    This is because normally, the clouds and poor visibility can block the mountain view.

    Also, visibility is better in the colder months than in summer, and early in the mornings and late in the evenings than during the middle of the day.

    Anyway, despite standing at 12, 388 feet high, you don’t need to be an expert climber to tackle the peak.

    If you’re fit, you can in one day, but most hikers elect to stay the night in one of the mountain huts and take two days to complete the walk.

    Best Times To Visit:

    Between July and August for hiking

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    8. Furukawacho Shopping Street

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    Are you photogenic? Then this shopping street is a must-visit spot for you in Japan.

    The shopping street in Higashiyama, Kyoto is famed for its colorful hanging lanterns.

    You can take a stroll down Furukawacho alongside the river Shirakawa too or enjoy yummy Japanese streets at restaurants nearby!

    9. Kawachi Fuji Gardens

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    If you love walks, then you’ll most likely love a colorful walk- in Japan!

    The Wisteria tunnel in Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan is simply a colored fairy tale tunnel; one of the best places to visit in Japan!

    When spring comes, plan your visit to Kawachi Fuji Gardens located in Kitakyushu Fukuoka.

    The garden is home to one of the most beautiful wisteria tunnels and a huge number of Wisteria flowering plants that colorfully grace the tunnel.

    Best Time To Visit:

    Late April to mid-May with the peak season being from end-April to the Golden Week-between April 21st and May 6th.

    However, it is not in every year that the wisteria blooms so magnificently due to the weather differences per year.

    Also, during the blooming season, entry is only allowed by obtaining a pre-paid ticket in advance and then paying an additional 500 Japanese Yen or 1000 Japanese Yen at the door depending on the daily-changing prices due to the flower blooming conditions.

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    10. The Hells of Beppu, Oita

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    The Nine Hells of Beppu in Oita prefecture is one of the most beautiful and prominent tourist attractions in Japan.

    Located in Beppu, on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan, these ‘hells’ are actually unique hot springs that aren’t for bathing because they are too hot!

    Instead, the hells attract visitors for their steaming hot pools, bubbling mud and dramatic geysers.

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    Some of the springs are also suitable to an unusual style of cooking known as ‘Jigoku Mushi’ literally translated to mean ‘hell-steaming’.

    Here, eggs, potatoes, meat buns, seafood, and vegetables are steamed using the natural steam from the hot springs.

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    Traveling soon? Which of these best places to visit in Japan would you drop by? Or where have you been to already while in Japan?

    Please share your thoughts with us below…




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    1. Chad says

      omg Japan is such a beautiful country, i keep on hearing about it but I never had the chance to go there yet! Soon I hope.

    2. Art & Home says

      Haven’t made it to Japan yet, but you’ve highlighted some of the places that I’d love to see!! I have bookmarked this page for ideas.

    3. Gervin Khan says

      Definitely a great and helpful guide for a first time traveler like me. Japan is one of the beautiful place and I am not going to waste my time; starting off by visiting these places once I go there.

    4. Patricia M. says

      What a great post. it’s a great resource for someone thinking about visiting Japan. It looks like a great destination to visit any time of the year.

    5. Norma says

      This places in Japan are so beautiful! I would visit Japan in the fall to enjoy all the different shades of leaves.

    6. aisasami says

      My favorite place is Okinawa in Japan because I love the beach. I been to about three islands and need to go back and visit more. I went to Daigo-Ji Temple with my workplace last year and it was an amazing view! I still have a lot of places to visit here in Japan though!

      • Dalene Ekirapa says

        Way to go Aisasami! You should definitely share with us your experiences on your blog too- I would love to check such out. Anyway, Japan is a marvel!

    7. Catherine Santiago Jose says

      Japan is definitely one of the beautiful and one of my favorite destination to visit. I would love to see those temples and beautiful natures that they have, wish to be there someday!

    8. Kevin Akidi says

      Japan is on my bucket list, it is so beautiful. My son keeps asking every year when we are going to make it to Japan, he is obsessed with it. The pictures are incredible.

    9. Sudipa says

      Japan is in my bucket list for long and it looks even more beautiful through these pictures and the way you described it

    10. Jasmine M says

      I’ve always wanted to visit Japan! I’d love to visit the Daigo-Ji Temple, Kawachi Fuji Gardens, and Furukawacho Shopping Street.

    11. Erik the Hungry Traveller says

      Japan is a wonde4ful place to visit especially in autumn season. The shots are just gorgeous. This got me more excited to visit the country

    12. Alexis says

      The Okinawan beaches and Takachiho Gorge, Miyazaki look absolutely gorgeous. I hope to make it to these spots one day soon. Thank you for sharing.

    13. Farah Al Zadjaly says

      You make me want to travel to Japan right now.. It looks so beautiful. I think I am going to Japan next year so I think you blog is so helpful for my travel trip.



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