The 11 Most Beautiful Places In Japan That Will Leave You Speechless

An interesting country to visit, full of history and rich cultural heritage is Japan. Temples dot the streets, world-class restaurants, old castles, and cities buzz with life and energy. Coming to Japan, a warm, friendly atmosphere, and endless interesting travel destination. To visit Japan, you should go to the most beautiful places in Japan such as Mount Fuji, Yamanashi, Himeji Castle, Hyogo Prefecture, Imperial Palace Campus, and Kawachi Wisteria Garden,…

If you do not know where to choose to go to what is called the most beautiful places in Japan, then join us for a tour around Japan to discover interesting places right away. 11 places not to be missed when you visit Japan. It will be an enjoyable and memorable experience.

How many seasons are there in Japan? What temperature is suitable for traveling? The charms from different seasons will be the unique features that will attract you.

In general, the characteristics of each season will have suitable places you can travel to at that time. Whether the weather is too hot or too cold and mild.

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A year begins with spring, a mild season. Spring (hanami) is the time for you to experience the beautiful natural scenery. See cherry blossoms in full bloom spreading across Japan.

Cherry blossoms, also known as “Sakura”, are a symbol in Japan when spring comes. It is the center of attention attracting tourists. Take a stroll to a place like Hirosaki Park, famous for its beautiful Somei-Yoshino cherry blossoms.

Hirosaki Park

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Hirosaki Park is a famous place in Hirosaki city. ( Source: Internet)

Hirosaki Park is located in the center of Hirosaki city, it surrounds Hirosaki castle, and has been selected as one of the nicest places in Japan. Up to 52 kinds of cherry blossoms will bloom in this park. Phase 1 is cherry blossom Somei Yoshino; stage 2 is Shidazakura (wedding cherry); finally Yaezakura (double-wing cherry).

Opening hours

Hirosaki Park is open 24 hours a day. The Honmaru and Kita-no-Kuruwa areas are open from 9:00 to 17:00. The festival is open from 7:00 to 21:00.

How to move

  • Going from Tokyo to Hirosaki station, you can use the JR East day ticket to move to Hirosaki city.
  • From Naqua City Hirosaki Hotel or Hirosaki Station, it takes 100 JPY by bus or 15 minutes by taxi.
  • It takes 35 minutes on foot from Naqua City Hirosaki Hotel or Hirosaki Station.

Kawachi Wisteria Garden

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A garden in the wooded hills south of central Kitakyushu. (Source: Internet)

If you are curious about the history of wisteria flowers, plan and move immediately! Wisteria Garden was established in 1977. The garden is quite large, covering an area of ​​up to 10,000 square meters, located among high hills far from the center of Kitakyushu, Tokyo.

Different types of wisteria flowers, very diverse colors white, purple, yellow, and pink are coming to bloom. It covers the path you are walking on about 100m. The long-lived wisteria tree in the Kawachi Wisteria garden has a very artistic root. It gives the feeling of wanting to have such a flower arrangement at home to look at every day.

How to buy tickets

Voyagin is a website to sell tickets online. Or 7-Eleven or Family Mart is an automatic ticket counter for the fastest support. Because before you visit Kawachi Wisteria Garden, you must buy tickets in advance.

How to move

  • Bus: 30 minutes from JR Yahata to Kawachi Wisteria Garden.
  • Taxi.

Himeji Castle

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 The largest castle in Japan (Source: Internet)

Himeji Castle is widely known as the most spectacular castle in Japan. Why? Because of the grandeur, the castle grounds are long preserved, safe, and not affected by war. It is a world heritage site.

The structure is quite massive, consisting of 80 buildings spread over many courtyards, connected by a series of gates and winding roads. In general, the floors have a simple architecture, without furniture.

Watching the cherry blossoms bloom in Himeji is one of the prettiest places in Japan. At the beginning of April, this place will be crowded, many people come to admire and immerse in the poetic scenery.

Opening hours

One hour before closing, Himeji Castle ends the process of accepting visitors.

The specific time to visit is from 9:00 to 17:00. For the last days of July and the end of August, the closing time is 18:00.

How to move

  • Using buses and taxis is the main means of transport, and is used by many people. Seating costs each way is 100 JPY ($0.72)- bus, and 750 JPY ($5.39) – taxi.
  • It takes 15-20 minutes to walk from the north exit of the station.

Is summer in Japan sure to rain a lot? Summer in Japan is hot, humidity is high, sometimes as high as 95%, and rainfall is high. It will limit the fun. But it is precisely the season when festivals take place regularly. It won’t be boring by the weather itself, it’s stirred up by the exciting time of the festival itself. Music, traditional dance, and even the sound of people shopping at street food stalls.

Awa Odori Festival

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The Awa Odori Festival is Tokushima’s most famous attraction (Source: Internet)

The most beautiful attraction, place in Japan is the Awa Odori festival. Every year, every August, millions of people flock to the streets to attend and perform the traditional dances of Japan.

Coming here you should not miss interesting things such as dancers performing in the evening; the traditional costumes that dancers have inspired by local heritage; The stage being set up very elaborately and professionally.

Origin of Awa Odori

Some people think that the Awa Odori dance is a variation of the Bon Odori dance, which is performed all over Japan. But there are also people who think that Awa Odori has after people dance freely with all the comfort, regardless of age, age. It happened when Lord Hachisuka distributed rice wine to the people here.

And another theory is that it originated from the Furyu dance. If you do a little research, you will know that Furyu is the origin of the Japanese Noh play.

Time to join Awa Odori

Not being able to participate in the festival, not being able to participate in the festival at the right time in summer is not too bad. Because the Awa Odori experience has another occasion of the year in the city center.

How to move

  • Travel by plane from Haneda Airport, Tokyo to Tokushima.
  • Travel by rail from Tokaido-Sanyo to Okayama Station, to Tokushima Station.
  • Travel by bus from Osaka Station to Tokushima Station.

Aomori Nebuta Festival

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The Nebuta Festival takes place in the evenings (Source: Internet)

Aomori is the northernmost city on the Japanese island of Honshu. The Aomori Bay Bridge is also a beautiful sight. Here, there is Japan’s top festival. At night, they light up and dazzle the streets of Aomori, especially at the intersections: dancing, drumming,… The colors and details are amazing and the local food is amazing.

Origin

The history of Nebuta dates back to the 1600s, Nebuta became larger and more complex with each passing year. The float design is based on a famous story from China, famous in Japan.

Costume “haneto”

At some shops, rental Yukata sets cost around 12 000 JPY (~$86,18), with hats and slippers. You can also rent them all for 3000 JPY ($21,55). That outfit is colorful. Done it keeps you upright to dance. Behind there are many bells, like an alarm to everyone you are approaching them. Wearing that costume, you feel like you are blending into the atmosphere of the festival.

3 things you can’t miss

  • A giant 3D lantern procession through the city of Aomori.
  • Change into haneto costumes to participate in the festival.
  • Directly watch the fireworks display lasting 2 hours to close the festival activities.

How to move

  • Traveling by train from Shinkansen to Shin-Aomori Station takes 3 hours.

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Blue Pond (Aoi Ike)

If you don’t visit Blue Pond (Aoi Ike) 1 time, it’s a pity (Source: Internet)

Blue Pond was created by accident as a by-product of efforts to control landslides. Aluminum that soaks into the water scatters sunlight causing the pond to look blue and it looks great during the fall.

The scenery at this lake will change color continuously through spring, summer, autumn, and winter. It will take visitors from one surprise to another. You yourself will not be able to believe your own eyes.

Blue Pond in the morning

Enjoy looking at the Blue Pond, watching the change through each time of the day. The morning is cool, and the wind blows gently, so the water in the lake is still calm. The surface of the water is blue, imprinting the shadow of the space down, it’s like a mirror. A few rays of sunlight are creeping through the leaves, creating a poetic, magical landscape.

Blue Pond in the evening

There is no longer a quiet, quiet scene like the morning. Instead, the bustle and bustle from the sky was bluer, the sun was brighter, and the image of the surrounding things was also clearer. Blending colors together, that natural picture is even more majestic but still very dreamy.

How to move

  • There is a fee to travel by private car to the lake’s parking lot.
  • Travel by bus that stops at Shirogane Aoiike Iriguchi Station, takes about 20 minutes.

Kiyomizu Temple

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Kiyomizu-Dera is a temple that is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. (Source: Internet)

Kiyomizu is the most famous temple in Kyoto, and many people come here to enjoy this beautiful scenery. The most magnificent single main hall here. It stands on large wooden poles and is designated as a national treasure. Large verandas and main halls were built at many famous sites in the past to accommodate pilgrims.

An old tradition, if you survive the 13-meter jump from the stage your wish will be fulfilled. And there were more than 200 people who did it, and most of them survived. In fact, that tradition is now banned.

Sacred water

Otowa Waterfall flows from the nearby hills. In the three channels water falls into the fountain. Visitors can drink water and are said to have wish-granting powers. And have health, longevity, and academic success by drinking water from three different streams.

Open time

  • From July 1 to August 31: The temple is open from 6:00 to 18:30.
  • From September 1 to June 30: The temple is open from 6:00 to 18:00 (closed at 18:30 on Saturday and Sunday).

How to move

Traveling by bus that stops at Kiyomizu-do takes about 46 minutes and then walking to Kiyomizu-Dera Temple about 11 minutes.

Meiji Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue

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Looking at the ginkgo tree feels great (Source: Internet)

Meiji Jingu Gaien is a beautiful place in Japan to see, and admire the boulevard lined with ginkgo trees about 300m long. This place is most beautiful when the leaves fall in autumn. Every year the festival will be held from November 16 to December 2.

Opportunity to enjoy delicious local dishes in Japan. The shops and markets are sold in the open air, and sell a lot of handicrafts, you can buy as a souvenir.

The festival is most beautiful at night, so don’t miss the chance to see it! Stroll around the area, and visit the shops to shop, there are many interesting and unique cafes that will surely attract you.

Open time

  • Free tour
  • Open from November 16 to December 2 from 10:00 to 17:30.

How to move

  • Travel by walking from Gaienmae station exit 4a takes 3 minutes.
  • It takes 5 minutes to travel from Aoyama Ichome Station Exit 1.

See and enjoy the winter scenery while soaking in the hot springs. Oh my, how wonderful it is! And also can not miss the places with a lot of snow and iceberg typical of winter. The activities seem boring but it is the enjoyable leisure of winter.

Shirakawago

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Shirakawago-village of the white river (Source: Internet)

The houses have the “Gassho-zukuri” style, which is a prominent feature when you visit Shirakawago. It is a village containing beautiful images and unforgettable memories of the Japanese.

Walking around the village, looking at each restaurant and cafe. Observe a little, you will realize this is a place with a beautiful photo location. That’s the outside overview.

In a little more detail, see the village as the lights are lit. In winter weather, covered with white snow, suddenly Shirakawago you have ever seen becomes more mysterious and beautiful than ever.

Local food

Gifu beef “Hidagyu”, cake “Goheimochi”, “Soba”, coffee, sweets… all make your feet who are walking on the road have to stop to rest a bit and enjoy them. The delicious, characteristic flavor is handed down into the specialties of this area.

Hot waterfall

Shirakawago no Yu concludes after many tiring days of going out and relaxing when soaking in a natural hot spring. It is suitable for those who are still elementary school students (300JPY ~ $2.16, adults are definitely indispensable (700 JPY ~ $5.03)

How to move

  • By bus from Kanazawa Station and stopping at Shirakawago takes 1 hour 20 minutes and costs 2,000JPY. ($14.38)
  • Traveling by bus from Nagoya to Shirakawago takes 2 hours and 40 minutes and costs 3 900 JPY ($28.04)
  • Traveling from Tokyo to Toyama and taking a bus to Shirakawago takes 1 hour and 20 minutes and costs 1700 JPY – 2000 JPY  ( $12.22- $14.38)

Beppu Onsen

A popular resort, on the list of the nicest places in Japan. Unlike Shirakawago, not only does it have an abundant hot water source, but it has many types of bathing. Beppu offers sand baths, saunas, and mud baths. Tourists will experience one surprise after another when immersed in the space of Beppu.

Open time

  • March-November: from 8:30 to 18:00
  • December-February: from 9:00 to 17:00
  • One note is that every month will skip the 4th day, not open.

Cost: 1500 JPY ( $10.78)

Niseko Ski Resorts

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If you like skiing then this is a great choice. (Source: Internet)

Niseko is Japan’s most popular ski resort with loads of wonderful, light-powder snow. It is also accessible and friendly to international visitors. In addition to skiing, Niseko offers off-trail skiing, which is a very unusual feature at most other ski resorts in Japan.

Cost

  • Adults are from 5700 JPY ($40.98)
  • Children from 7-12 years old: 3500 JPY  ($25.16)
  • Children aged 0-6 can skate for free.
  • Ski set from 4500 JPY /day. ($32.35)

Eating

Niseko Hirafu is a place that offers a lot of food and drinks from traditional dishes to French-Japanese dishes, steaks, and pizza,… Enjoy delicious food and hot drinks at the shops.

FAQs

  1. What is the most beautiful city in Japan?

Kyoto, considered by many to be the most beautiful city in Japan, served as the capital of Japan until the government moved to Tokyo in 1868. Osaka is Japan’s third-largest city and the country’s first capital. Located in the Tokyo metropolitan area, Yokohama is actually Japan’s second most populous city.

       2. Should I go to Kyoto or Tokyo?

Tokyo is the political and economic center of Japan, so it’s more populous, developed, and cosmopolitan. On the other hand, Kyoto is the repository of traditional Japanese culture. So if you want to know what modern Japan is like, visit Tokyo. And, if you want to experience traditional Japanese culture, then a visit to Kyoto is a must.

      3. Why is Japan so attractive?

As one of the world’s oldest civilizations, Japan has a rich and textured history that is worth exploring. From its stunning artwork to its delicious cuisine, there is much to enjoy about Japanese culture. The beautiful landscape, varied with mountains and breathtaking vistas, prized by the Japanese, offers a wide variety of experiences that attract tourists from all over the world.

      4. Are 2 weeks enough for Japan?

Two weeks is the perfect amount of time for the first trip to Japan. It is possible to explore this wonderful country from the mountains to the sea, wander through the bustling neon-lit streets and serene Zen temples, soak in the hot springs and enjoy a variety of ramen and sushi than you ever thought.

      5. When is the best time to visit Japan?

The best times to visit Japan are in spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). This is when Japan is at its brightest, with delicate cherry blossoms or bright red leaves adding contrast to the scene. Remember, it can also get very crowded at this time.

Conclusion

Nature in Japan is constantly changing, changing with the seasons, which also makes the search for the most beautiful places in Japan change to match the weather. Every time you come to Japan, enjoy and immerse yourself in that beautiful scenery, and don’t forget to save precious pictures. Coming to Japan you will have an ideal experience!

About Hayami Mori

Hayami Mori is an awesome travel blogger & photographer. She was born and raised in Tokyo and have been here for nearly 25 years. She loves traveling and always wants to introduce her beautiful Japan to travelers from all over the world. Therefore, her blog is a great source of information for people looking for what to do in Japan as well as provides some tips to make their trips unforgettable.