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10 Best Things to Do in Japan

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With its uniquely rich history and a reverence of things past combined with a forward-looking approach to technology, IT and architectural design Japan is a truly rewarding place to visit. From ancient temples to some of the tallest, most modern buildings in the world, you’ll be fascinated and held in awe at this land of contrasts.

Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station, with its two million passengers a day and its surrounding area are nonpareil places that deserve a thorough exploration and the Ginza District is also unique in itself.

As for culture, Japan and its temples/shrines are justly world famous and Himeji Castle a supreme example of craftsmanship, skilful renovation and innovative design. Enjoy Japan to the most and read up on this startling nation’s Top Ten Destinations.

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  6. Hyatt Regency Tokyo 4.4/ 5
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Senso-ji Asakusa - Tokyo
Senso-ji

When in Asakusa, visit the popular Buddhist temple, Sensoji (aka Asakusa Kannon Temple), the oldest in Tokyo. Many tourists associate it with the large red lantern hanging at one of its gates with engraved characters saying ‘Kaminari-mon’ or ‘Thundergate’. Legend has it that Sensoji was built in 645 for the goddess of Kannon. The whole temple has been well maintained with regular renovations in spite of the fact that it has been damaged several times including in the great earthquake in 1923 and during World War II. Read More...

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Kinkaku-ji Kita - Kyoto
Kinkaku-ji

Known by many as Rokuonji or the Deer Garden Temple, Kinkaku-ji was built in 1397 as a retirement pavillion for Shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga (1358-1409). It is located in northern Kyoto. The Golden Pavilion has three floors and stands 12.8 metres high. Both the second and third floors are gilded with gold-leaf on Japanese lacquer and the architecture of the building was in part influenced by Chinese design. Read More...

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Kiyomizu-dera Higashiyama - Kyoto
Kiyomizu-dera

A visit to Kiyomizu-dera or Otowasan Kiyomizudera is like travelling back in time. The temple was founded in 780 in honour of the Kannon Bosatsu (bodhisattva of mercy and compassion) but the present temple was rebuilt in 1633 by the third Tokugawa shogun. An UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994, Kiyomizu-dera is nestled into the eastern mountains on approximately 130,000sqm, and with over 30 structures, is one of the most popular landmarks in the city. Read More...

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Shinjuku District in Tokyo

To stand in Shinjuku Station is a surreal experience. With over two million passengers passing through the station every day, it is a constant sea of people busily heading to work in the towering skyscrapers above street level. With a little of everything Shinjuku is one of Tokyo’s most diverse centres and warrants a visit at any time of day or night. Read More...

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Horyu-ji Ikaruga-cho - Nara
Horyu-ji

Horyu-ji Temple, founded by Prince Regent Shotoku (574-622), is considered Japan’s oldest Buddhist Temple and the world's oldest existing wooden structure. Horyu-ji features an original wooden kondo (main hall) that is more than 1,300 years old, a five-story pagoda and many valuable Buddha images and sculptures. Read More...

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Nikko National Park 140 km of Tokyo
Nikko National Park

The 1,407sqkm Nikko National Park is one of the most beautiful and most visited regions in Japan. It features wide moorland, waterfalls and lakes, forests that reach back in time as well as impressive mountains such as Mount Okushirane (2,578m), Mount Nantai, Mount Nasu, and Mount Hiuchi. The park has a number of spas that feature a plentiful supply of hot mineral water and are extremely popular with visitors. People flock to the park for its rugged beauty and the sport facilities that include mountain climbing, hiking, camping, boating, fishing, skiing and skating. Read More...

Ginza District in Tokyo

Named after a silver coin minted in 1612, Ginza has the reputation of being one of the world’s most extravagant and luxurious shopping districts. Stories of apples costing $50 and the world’s most expensive cup of coffee emanate from Ginza. Amidst the glamour of Ginza stand a number of traditional Japanese theatres, the world’s first capsule apartment building, and Tsukiji - Tokyo’s largest wholesale market, famous for its fish. The best time to visit is at weekends when the main roads are closed to traffic and the promenade opens up as a walking street lined with the riches of commercial Japan. Read More...

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Himeji Castle Himeji City - 60 km west of Kobe
Himeji Castle in Osaka

Unlike many other Japanese castles, Himeji Castle was never destroyed in wars, earthquakes or fires and survives in its original form. It is both a national treasure and a UNESCO world heritage site. The best-preserved castle in all of Japan, it serves as a classic example of Japanese castle architecture, having been designated a national treasure in the early ‘30s.
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Itsukushima Shrine

One of Japan’s ‘Three Great Sights’, Itsukushima Shrine is otherwise known as ‘Miyajima’, which means ‘Shrine Island’ in Japanese. The shrine is well known worldwide for its ‘floating’ torii gate as at high tide, due to pillars holding it above the sea, it appears to be unattached to land whereas as low tide people can actually walk out to it. The shrine complex consists of several buildings, including a prayer hall, main hall and a noh theatre stage, which are connected to each other by boardwalks and are all supported by underwater pillars. The shrine itself is situated in a small inlet, while the torii gate is set further out in the Seto Inland Sea.  Read More...

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Minato Mirai

Minato Mirai 21, meaning ‘Harbour of the Future’ is a seaside urban development in Yokohama and features many futuristic buildings and the country’s tallest building, the Landmark Tower. Visitors to the area will be pleasantly surprised to find shopping centres at Minato Mirai, along with hotels, a convention centre, an amusement park, museums, a relaxation centre with hot spring baths, and plenty of parking spaces. Read More...

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