10 must-visit destinations in Rising Sun country

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Japan is a country with a unique culture and interesting history. In addition to the famous cultural and economic centers like Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto or the familiar scenery such as Mount Fuji, snow flowers in Hokkaido, the Okinawa Sea, … Japan still attracts tourists by various destinations as well as breathtaking landscapes. The hard-working, industrious and disciplined Japanese have created monumental architectures and preserved nature.

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1. The Buddhist architecture Horyuji

Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003, Horyuji Buddhist Architecture is the national heritage of Japan. Locating in Nara province. Among the buildings in this complex, the most notable one is the Horyuji Temple, one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world, and the Hokkiji Temple with 11-level Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva.

Osaka-jo Castle via Pics4Learning

2. Himeji Castle (Himeji-jo)

Himeji Castle is one of the most important destinations of Japanese tourism. Located in Himeji city, Hyogo province, Himeji is a renovated ancient castle which is originally a fortress. Himeji is considered a model of Japanese castle architecture, completely preserved through the World War II and the Kobe earthquake.

3. Yakushima Island (Nine Islands)

Yakushima Island is located in Kagoshima Province. This pristine island contains a rich animal carpet and has been recognized by UNESCO as World Natural Heritage. In particular, Yakushima has the remnants of a particularly valuable temperate jungle. Each year, more than 300,000 Japanese tourists who love nature, visiting this island.

4. The ancient capital of Kyoto

Kyoto ancient capital and its vicinity encompass a large area that includes the cities of Kyoto, Uji, and Otsu today. Destinations in the ancient capital are integral parts of any Japanese tour. Specifically, when visiting ancient Kyoto you will discover: 14 Buddhist temples include Kyogokoku-ji Temple (Toji Temple), Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Enryaku Temple, Daigo Temple, Ninna Temple, Byodo-in Monastery, Pagoda Kozan, Saiho Moss Temple, Tenryu Temple, Rokuon Temple (Kinkakuji Gold Temple), Jisho Temple (Ginkakuji Silver Pagoda), Ryoan Temple, Nishi Hongan Temple; Three Shinto temples include: Kamigamo Shrine, Shimogamo Shrine, Ujigami Shrine; And the castle is Nijo Castle. Among them, the most prominent are wooden architecture Kiyomizu Temple covered with pure gold, Ryoanji Temple with meditative stone garden, and Kozanji Temple deep in the forest.

5. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama Historical Village

Shirakawa-go and Gokayama are located in the vicinity of Gifu and Toyama provinces. The value contributing to Japanese tourism of these two villages is not only in the tranquil countryside and peaceful farmland but also in the two thatched roofs look like two hands praying. The buildings here look simple but solid and are able to withstand the heavy snowfall in freezing winter.

6. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park – Genbaku Dome (Atomic bomb dome)

It is impossible to ignore two atomic bombs that hit the country during the Second World War. Japan’s Hiroshima city, heavily damaged by an atomic bomb, has now become a popular tourist destination in Japan. One of the city’s main attractions is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park with the Genbaku Dome. It is the only building remaining in the area after the bomb explosion.

Kyoto in autumn via Gone with the backpack

7. Itsukushima Temple

Itsukushima (also known as Itsukushima Shrine) is an important religious shrine of Japanese tourism, famous for its giant Torii gate. This torii gate flooded in front of Miyajima’s Misen Mountain is one of the three most beautiful scenes in Rising Sun country.

8. Cluster of ancient relics Nara

The Nara ancient capital relies on the present-day Nara Province territory, including eight destinations: five Buddhist temples including Todai Temple, Kofuku Temple, Gango Temple, Yakushi Temple and Toshodai Temple; A Shinto shrine is the Kasuga Shrine; One palace is Heijo – the royal palace of Nara, and a primeval forest is the Kasugayama forest. The most notable of these is the Todaiji Temple, which houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Great Buddha Tathagata, or the Buddha of the Lenten Price, also known as the Daibutsu Buddha. Within the temple compound and surrounding area, Shinto sacred deer walking comfortably beside Japanese tourists.

9. Nikko Pagoda Temple

The Nikko relic of Japan includes 103 buildings and nature located in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture. These locations belong to Shinto shrines of Futarasan and Toshogu and a Buddhist temple, Rinnoji. Among those buildings, there are three prominent buildings you should not miss are, the Shinkyo Curved Bridge in Futarasan, the Gojunoto 5-storey tower in Toshogu, and the Sanbutsudo (Sando) shrine in Rinnoji Temple with Amitabha Buddha statues covered with pure gold.

10. Buddhist monument Hiraizumi Pure Land Buddhism

Located in Iwate Prefecture, the Hiraizumi relic complex of Japanese travel includes five locations: Chuson Temple, Motsu Temple, Kanjizaio Temple, Muryoko Temple and Mount Kinkeisan. The most attractive is Chusonji Temple with the Konjikido Imperial Hall, the tomb containing Fujiwara clan leader mummy. This hall is made entirely of wood, decorated with pure gold leaves and nacre.

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