Top 10 Beautiful Attractions in Japan
Recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2003, Horyuji Temple, which is located in Nara Prefecture, is national treasure of Japanese tourism. Among many temples in this area, two most notably ones are Horyuji Temple with the world’s oldest wooden buildings and Hokkiji Temple with 11-headed Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue.
Himeji Castle (Himeji-JO)
Himeji Castle is one of the most beautiful attractions in Japan. Located in Himeji city, Hyogo Prefecture, Himeji comprises 83 buildings which were renovated from the fortress. Himeji is considered the prototypical castle architecture of the Japanese. It has remained unchanged during the bombing of World War II and the Kobe earthquake.
Yakushima Island is located in Kagoshima Prefecture. This pristine island has plentiful flora and fauna and has been recognized as a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO. Especially, Yakushima has vestiges of valuable ancient temperate forests. Each year, more than 300,000 domestic and international tourists visited this island.
Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto
Ancient Capital of Kyoto and the surroundings cover a large area today, which include Kyoto city, Uji and Otsu. Beautiful attractions in the ancient Capital of Kyoto are an integral part for any visitor. Specifically, visiting Ancient Capital of Kyoto, you will discover: 14 Buddhist temples including Kyogokoku-ji Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Enryaku Temple, Daigo Temple, Ninna Temple, Byodo-in Temple, Kozan Temple, Saiho Temple, Tenryu temple, Rokuon Temple (Kinkakuji Golden Temple), Jisho Temple (Ginkaku-ji Silver Temple), Ryoan Temple, Nishi Hongan Temple; 3 Shrine Shinto including Kamigamo Shrine, Shimogamo Shrine, Ujigami Shrine; and Nijo Castle. Among these, the most prominent temps are Kiyomizu temple, Kinkakuji temple and Ryoanj temple. Kiyomizu Temple has wooden architecture, and is covered with pure golden leaf. Ryoanji temple has rock garden and was built in meditation style. And Kozanji temple is deep in the forest but it is the most precious national treasure of Japan.
Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama
Shirakawa-go and Gokayama are located in two adjacent areas of Gifu and Toyama in Japan. They not only contribute to Japan tourism the countryside scenery, tranquil fields, but also a unique architecture with two thatched roofs forming fold hands to pray. The buildings here look simple but strong and able to withstand the weight of snow in winter in this region.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park – Genbaku Dome (Atomic Bomb Dome)
Speaking to Japan, people must know about two atomic bombs that had befallen into the country during Second World War. Hiroshima City, which was heavily influenced by the atomic bomb, has now become one of beautiful attractions in Japan. One of the major attractions of this city is Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Genbaku Dome. This is a unique remaining building after bombing and is located nearest to the place of bomb explosion.
Located on the Miyajima Island in Hiroshima Prefecture, Itsukushima Shrine are important Theology works of Japanese tourists, famous for its giant Torii gate. This scene of Torii gate flooding in seawater in front of Misen Mountain of Miyajima Island is one of the most beautiful sceneries in Japan.
Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
The ancient capital of Nara is located in Nara province today, including eight destinations: five Buddhist temples including Todai Temple, Kofuku Temple, Gango Temple, Yakushi Temple and Toshodai Temple; Kasuga Shrine; Heijo Palace – Nara royal Palace; and Kasugayama primeval forest. In those places, the most prominent one is Todaiji Temple, where keep the world’s largest copper of Buddha Vairocana, also known as the Great Buddha Daibutsu. In the area around the temple, sacred spotted doers walk comfortably next to Japanese tourists in Shinto.
Temples and Shrines of Nikko
Temples and Shrines of Nikko of Japanese tourists include 103 natural and architectural buildings. It was located in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture. The places belong to the Shinto shrine are Futarasan Temple, Toshogu Temple and Rinnōji Temple. Among the works here, there are three most prominently works are Shinkyo arched wooden bridge in Futarasan, Gojunoto five-storey tower in Toshogu, and Sanbutsudo building of Rinnōji temple as long as Buddha Amitabha statue made by pure gold leaf.
Historic Monuments and Sites of Hiraizumi
Located in Iwate province, Historic Monuments and Sites of Hiraizumi of Japanese tourists include five locations: Chuson Temple, Motsu Temple, Kanjizaio Temple, Muryoko Temple and Kinkeisan Mountains. Among these, the most prominent attraction is Chusonji temple which consists of Konjikido Royal Hall, the tomb of the chieftain’s mummy of the Northern Fujiwara Clan. This hall was made entirely by wood and was decorated by pure gold leaf panels and conch.