Plan to immediately explore 14 of the most beautiful places in Japan

Japan has countless places to inspire and fascinate visitors. From historical castles to unusual landscapes like bringing visitors to a comic book-only wonderland, here are some of the best places in Japan you can check out if you plan on Japanese travel

Mount Koya

Mount Koya is the spiritual home of Shingon Buddhism, a sect founded more than 1,200 years ago by one of Japan's most important religious figures, Kobo Daishi. The sect head temple, Kongobu-ji, is located atop Mount Koya. More than 100 other temples are established around Mount Koy and many of them offer visitors an overnight stay.

 

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Mount Koya is the spiritual home of Shingon Buddhism

 

 

Noto peninsula

Covering the northern part of Ishikawa prefecture, the Noto peninsula is home to some of the most beautiful spots in Japan with stunning coastal views and unspoiled countryside views. Besides admiring the natural landscape, the peninsula also has a number of fishing, swimming and camping sites. Noto's main tourist hub is Wajima City, home to more than 30,000 people and a great place to experience Japan 's small-town life .

 

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The Noto peninsula is home to some of the best spots in Japan with its stunning coastal landscape

Shikoku Island

Shikoku is Japan's fourth largest island, located southwest of the main island of Honshu, which is connected via two bridge systems. The island is also associated with the influential Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi, which is the home of the Temple 88 route, one of the nation's most important pilgrimage routes. Aside from attracting those seeking spiritual fulfillment, the island also has a number of ravishing coastlines and mountains and fast flowing rivers with stunning views.

 

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Shikoku is Japan's fourth largest island

 

 

Kiso Valley

The Kiso Valley is home to the Nakasendo Trail, one of the five Edo-era highways connecting Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. Visitors to this place can make a long journey by walking, the Kiso valley has scattered towns. You can walk part of the old highway, between the mountains and through dense forests, as well as visit some of the preserved towns, visitors can go to each place to rest, eat drink and sleep along the way.

 

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Visitors coming here can go on a long journey by walking

 

 

Shodoshima

Shodoshima is among the most beautiful places in Japan because of its mild climate and Mediterranean atmosphere, home to impressive beaches, coastlines, resorts and even olive plantations. The second largest island in the Seto Inland Sea, Shodoshima is one of the hosts for the Setouchi Triennale Contemporary Art Festival and is also home to most of the outdoor festivals on the island.

 

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Shodoshima is among the most beautiful places in Japan because of its mild climate and Mediterranean atmosphere

 

 

Kenrokuen Garden

Named one of Japan's three most scenic gardens, Kenrokuen Garden features many charming bridges, walking trails, teahouses, trees and flowers. Formerly the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle, Kenrokuen was opened to visitors in the late 19th century. Each season shows a different aspect of the garden's beauty, from the plum and cherry blossoms in spring. Colorful maple tree leaves in autumn. Because of this romantic landscape, Kenrokuen Garden is considered by international tourists as the most beautiful place in Japan .

 

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Kenrokuen Garden has many charming bridges, walking trails, tea houses

 

 

Matsumoto castle

Matsumoto Castle is one of the few remaining original castles in Japan. Originally built in 1504, it was remodeled and expanded to its present form in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Nicknamed Karasu-jō (Crow Castle), the famous Matsumoto Castle with a beautiful black and white main three.

 

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Matsumoto Castle is one of the few remaining original castles in Japan

 

 

Nachi Falls

Nachi Falls is the highest waterfall in Japan, at 133 meters (436 feet) high. This waterfall also houses a beautiful Nachi Taisha Shinto shrine, believed to be over 1,400 years old. Built in honor of the kami (deity) waterfall, the temple is one of several Buddhist and Shinto religious sites found around the waterfall.

 

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Nachi Falls is the highest waterfall in Japan

 

 

Tateyama Kurobe Alps route

The Tateyama Kurobe mountain route connects Toyama city in Toyama prefecture with Omachi town of Nagano prefecture. The route can be experienced by a variety of modes of transport, including cable cars and buses, all with views of the surrounding Tateyama mountains. The most impressive of the route is the path between Bijodaira and Murodo, surrounded by 20 meter high snow walls that usually appear around April to May every year.

 

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The Tateyama Kurobe mountain route connects Toyama city in Toyama prefecture with Omachi town

 

 

Ao Aoiike

The green pond in Hokkaido prefecture, also known as Aoiike, is known for its ethereal green, tree stumps protruding from the water's surface adding to its unusual appearance. This is one of the most beautiful places in Japan that many tourists come to. This artificial pond was created as part of an erosion control system, designed to protect the area from possible muddy currents from Tokachi Volcano. The strange green color of the pond is caused by natural minerals dissolved in the water.

 

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The green pond in Hokkaido prefecture, also known as Aoiike, is known for its elegant blue color

 

 

Hitachi Coastal Park

Hitachi Beach Park is famous for its green fields of flowers, called nemophilas, that bloom throughout the park in spring. The park covers 190 hectares (470 acres) and more than 4.5 million flowers cover the field every April. Also in autumn, the round park bush called kochia (bassia in English) turns crimson, creating a mesmerizing scene that is hard to describe.

 

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Hitachi Beach Park is famous for its green fields

 

 

Gokayama

Gokayama is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the nearby village of Shirakawa-gō. Both regions are known for the traditional gassho-zukuri farms. These hundreds of years old homes have separate thatched roofs, designed to withstand heavy snowfall. Gokayama is harder to approach than the famous Shirakawa-gō and that's why the villages of Gokayama are quieter and more secluded.

 

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Gokayama is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the village of Shirakawa-gō

 

 

Tottori Sand Dunes

The Tottori sand dunes are part of the Sanin Kaigan National Park in Tottori Prefecture. Stretching for 16 km along the coast of Japan, it is the largest dune in the country. The movements of the tides and wind cause the dune shapes to change continuously, but they can be up to 2 km wide and 50 meters high. It is this specialness that makes the Tottori sand dune area an enchanting, desert-like atmosphere.

 

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The Tottori sand dunes are part of the Sanin Kaigan National Park in Tottori Prefecture

 

 

Nishinomaru Garden

The Nishinomaru Garden is a beautiful lawn garden offering sweeping views of Osaka Castletower and the moat's stone wall. The garden is covered with more than 600 cherry trees and more than 95 different types of apricot blossom. Nishinomaru Garden is a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing in spring, with night light held during peak full bloom.

 

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The Nishinomaru Garden is a beautiful lawn garden offering sweeping views of Osaka Castletower
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