If you are planning a trip to Japan you should check out the countries major tourist attractions. Make your trip worth it by visiting the most popular and awesome places in the Japan. Here are the top 10 most popular tourist attractions in Japan, along with a short description of the locations.
1. Hiroshima Peace Memorial
Hiroshima Peace Memorial is also commonly called the Atomic Bomb Dome. The ruin now serves as a memorial to the people killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, in the year 1945. Back then, more than 70,000 people were killed instantly, and another 70,000 suffered fatal injuries because of the radiation they had been exposed to. The ruin can be visited in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
2. Jigokudani Monkey Park
The park is located in in Yamanouchi, Shimotakai District and represents the home of a large wild Japanese Macaques monkey population also called Snow Monkeys. The weather presents heavy snowfalls in the certain region, thus the nickname for the monkeys. The site represents a major tourist attraction because of the weather and the number of monkeys in the park.
The original was building was founded in 798 and now represents an independent Buddhist temple located in the eastern Kyoto, the temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. Among the temple complex, several other shrines are present, one of them in particular being Jishu Shrine. This shrine is dedicated to the “god of love and matches” and it contains a pair of “love stones”. Anyone who manages to go from one rock to another with their eyes closed will find his or her match, according to the local legend.
4. Himeji Castle
The castle is one of Japan’s three premier castles and it’s construction dates back to 1333. It is also the largest castle in Japan and the curved walls are said to resemble giant fans. The Himeji Castle complex is located in the center of Himeji, Hyōgo on top of a hill called Himeyama, which reaches 45.6 m (150 ft.) above sea level.
5. Great Buddha of Kamakura
The famous statue of Amida Buddha dates from the year 1252 and represents one of Japan’s most loved and celebrated Buddhist figures. Made out of bronze, the huge outdoor representation reaches at over 13 meters (40 feet) high and weights more than 92 tons.
6. Todaiji Temple
Being the world’s largest building The Todaiji Temple in Nara has earned its fame also because it is the home to the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue. The temple is also surrounded by beautiful gardens, so make sure you bring your camera so you can immortalize the moment.
7. Tokyo Tower
The construction is inspired by the famous Eiffel tower design, and it is used as a communications and observation tower. The view is unbelievable, the Tokyo Tower also being considered a proof of technological and modern life evolution.
8. Tokyo Imperial Palace
The palace is a beautiful construction, located near a lake and providing a breathtaking view especially in winter time. Home of the Emperor, it is also an art and history museum as well as an administration center.
9. Mount Fuji
A major tourist attraction in Japan is Mount Fuji. It is the highest mountain in the country reaching 3,776 meters (12,388 ft.). The perfect cone of the volcano is a source of inspiration in art and photography and it is considered being one of the symbols of Japan.
10. Golden Pavilion
The Golden Pavilion is a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. The location was made famous in 1950 when it was destroyed by arson, all this after the building survived World War II in an intact condition. It now represents a major tourist attraction and is famous especially for its’ golden columns. The view and the reflection of the temple in the nearby lake will certainly blow you away.