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Top 5 tourist attractions in japan

Top 5 tourist destinations and attractions in japan

In 2015 Japan attracted 19.73 million international tourists. Japan has 19 World Heritage Sites, including Himeji Castle, Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto and Nara with popular tourist attractions which includes Tokyo and Hiroshima, Mount Fuji, ski resorts such as Niseko in Hokkaido, Okinawa, riding the shinkansen and taking advantage of Japan’s hotel and hotspring network. Let us show you the top five below:

5. Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle located in Himeji in Hyōgo Prefecture is the largest and most visited castle in Japan, it was registered in 1993 as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country. It includes 83 buildings made of wood.

It is sometimes known as Hakurojō or Shirasagijō (“White Heron Castle”) because of its brilliant white exterior. The area within the middle moat of the castle complex is a designated Special Historic Site and five structures of the castle are also designated National Treasures.

Along with Matsumoto Castle and Kumamoto Castle, Himeji Castle is considered one of Japan’s three premier castles. In order to preserve the castle buildings, it underwent restoration work for several years and reopened to the public on March 27, 2015. The works also removed decades of dirt and grime, restoring the formerly gray roof to its original brilliant white color

4. Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower a communications and observation tower in the Shiba-koen district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan. At 332.9 metres (1,092 ft), it is the second-tallest structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations.

Tokyo Tower at night.

The tower acts as a support structure for an antenna. Intended for television broadcasting, radio antennas were installed in 1961, but the tower now broadcasts signals for Japanese media outlets such as NHK, TBS and Fuji TV.


Japan’s planned digital television transition by July 2011 was problematic, however; Tokyo Tower’s height, 332.9 m (1,092 ft) was not high enough to support complete terrestrial digital broadcasting to the area. A taller digital broadcasting tower, known as Tokyo Skytree, was completed on 29 February 2012.

3. Tokyo Imperial Palace

Tokyo Imperial Palace the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan is currently located on the former site of Edo Castle (1888) near Tokyo Station, the Imperial Palace is still the residence of the Japanese royal family.

Fushimi Yagura Tower, Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan.

With the total surface of 3.41 square kilometers, the Imperial Palace is in fact divided into four different areas including the Imperial Palace main grounds as well as three other gardens open to the public : the Kitanomaru Garden, the East Gardens and the Kokyo Gaien Gardens.

Unfortunately, the Imperial Palace is not always open to the public. It can be however be visited on certain occasions including the Emperor’s Birthday on December 23, on January 2nd for the New Year’s greeting. During the height of the 1980s Japanese property bubble, the palace grounds were valued by some to be more than the value of all of the real estate in the state of California.

2. Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is located on Honshu Island, is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft). An active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–08, Mount Fuji lies about 100 kilometres (60 mi) south-west of Tokyo, and can be seen from there on a clear day.

Mount Fuji’s exceptionally symmetrical cone, which is snow-capped several months a year, is a well-known symbol of Japan and it is frequently depicted in art and photographs, as well as visited by sightseers and climbers.Mount Fuji is one of Japan’s “Three Holy Mountains” (三霊山 Sanreizan?) along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku. It is also a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and one of Japan’s Historic Sites.

It was added to the World Heritage List as a Cultural Site on June 22, 2013. Per UNESCO, Mount Fuji has “inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimage for centuries”. UNESCO recognizes 25 sites of cultural interest within the Mt. Fuji locality. These 25 locations include the mountain itself, Fujisan.

1. Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji)

Kinkaku-ji literally “Temple of the Golden Pavilion”, officially named Rokuon-ji the “Deer Garden Temple”, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors annually.

It is designated as a National Special Historic Site and a National Special Landscape, and it is one of 17 locations making up the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which are World Heritage Sites.

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