Japan is an interesting combination of old and new, combining elements from its rich history with the fast-paced lifestyle of today. You will never quite know what to expect there; it’s certainly an adventure you will never forget. Here are some exciting places and things to do in Japan!
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
The iconic Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto is one of the most serene places you can visit while in Japan. Distracting visitors from the bustling city, the towering bamboo pillars transport you to another world. Whether you wander through the grove or rent a bike, exploring this destination should be on everyone’s bucket list.
An animal café is a regular café with the added element of animals that roam around freely, and with which you can play and interact. The original phenomenon started with cats but has slowly expanded to include a wide range of domestic pets and other animals, including dogs, snakes, birds, rabbits, owls, hedgehogs, goats, and penguins. There are a number of animal cafés in Tokyo where you can meet and play with these animals.
Sensoji Temple is located in Asakusa, Tokyo, and was originally built in the 7th century, making it the oldest temple in the city. It is the most famous of Tokyo’s temples and attracts millions of visitors throughout the year with its traditional and historic architecture.
One of Japan’s most beautiful gardens, Kenrokuen Garden is located in Kanazawa, and is the city’s main attraction. The expansive gardens were built during the ruling of the Maeda family, over a period of two centuries. The gardens feature fountains, ponds, tea houses, a war memorial, and a variety of flowing trees that give the garden a new look each season.
Hakone is one of Japan’s most famous and loved hot springs (onsen) resort destination, with the town also known for its beautiful view of Mt. Fuji. There are over a hundred ryokans (Japanese style inns), hotels, and luxurious onsens for you to discover and relax in.
Water from these hot springs is considered special due to their suspected healing properties. An overnight stay is ideal to get the full onsen experience, but you can achieve this in one day if necessary.
Autumn is a great time to travel to Japan as it often has good weather and a backdrop of orange and yellow leafed trees. But if you’re wanting to see the iconic cherry blossom trees, then spring is the time to go.
There’s no doubt about it – Japan is endlessly fascinating. From its historic shrines and castles to its futuristic cities and technology, there is something there for everyone to enjoy.
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