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24 Things To See and Do in Japan
Posted by Michael on December 05, 2011
Experience the unique culture and history of this nation of contrasts and contradictions where the past meets the present. Here's a feature list of 24 things to see and do in Japan:
Image used under Creative Commons from David Sanz
Visit Himeji Castle JAPANHimeji Castle (Himeji-jo) is one of the best preserved castles in Japan. Construction originally started in 1331, Himeji was untouched by the devastation in WWII, unlike Osaka and Hiroshima Castles.
Visit Kiyomizu-dera JAPANKiyomizu-dera, officially Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) UNESCO World Heritage site.
Walk the Nakasendō JAPANThe Nakasendo, also called the Kisokaido, was one of the five routes (major roads) of the Edo period, and one of the two that connected Edo to Kyoto in Japan.
Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park JAPANPeace Park is dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack, and to the memories of the bomb's direct and indirect victims (of whom there may have been as many as 140,000).
Visit Disneyland Tokyo JAPANDisneyland Tokyo was the first Disney park to be built outside of the United States and opened April 15, 1983.
Visit the Ghibli Museum JAPANGhibli Museum is a museum featuring the Japanese anime work of Studio Ghibli, and is located in Inokashira Park in Mitaka, a western suburb of Tokyo, Japan.
Climb Mount Fuji JAPANMount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft).
Visit the Tranquil Zen Garden of Kyoto JAPANRyoan-ji - is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. Belonging to the Myoshin-ji school of the Rinzai branch of Zen Buddhism, the temple and karesansui garden is one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit the Meguro Parasitological Museum JAPANOne of a kind and oddly popular with couples on dates, although you might want to skip lunch before (or after) your visit here as the exhibits and pictures can be rather graphic.
Visit the Buddhist Monuments in the Hōryū-ji Area JAPANThe structures inscribed are some of the oldest extant wooden buildings in the world, dating from the 7th to 8th centuries. Many of the monuments are also National Treasures of Japan, and reflect an important age of Buddhist influence in Japan.
Visit Tokyo National Museum JAPANThe museum collects, houses, and preserves a comprehensive collection of art works and archaeological objects of Asia, focusing on Japan. The museum holds over 110,000 objects, which includes 87 Japanese National Treasure holdings.
Visit the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama JAPANThese villages are well known for their houses constructed in architectural style known as gassho-zukuri. The Gassho-zukuri, "prayer-hands construction" style is characterized by a thatched and steeply slanting roof resembling two hands joined in prayer.
Visit the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine JAPANItsukushima Shrine is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima (popularly known as Miyajima) in the city of Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan.
Visit Osaka Castle JAPANOriginally called Ozakajo, it is one of Japan's most famous castles, and played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.
Visit the Asahi Beer Hall JAPANThe Asahi Beer Hall is considered one of Tokyo's most recognizable modern structures. The shape of the building is that of a beer glass, designed to complement the neighboring golden beer mug-shaped building housing the Asahi Breweries offices.
Visit Universal Studios Japan JAPANThe park is similar to Universal Orlando Resort, since it contains many of the same rides. Most visitors are Japanese tourists or tourists from other Asian countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea.
Visit Nagoya Castle JAPANNagoya Castle is a Japanese castle located in Nagoya, central Japan. During the Edo period, Nagoya Castle was the center of one of the most important castle towns in Japan—Nagoya-juku.
Visit Jigokudani Monkey Park JAPANJigokudani Monkey Park is famous for its large population of wild Japanese Macaques (Macaca fuscata), more commonly referred to as Snow Monkeys, that go to the valley during the winter, foraging elsewhere in the national park during the warmer months.