Japan is one of most visited tourist destinations around the world and there are more than 9 million tourists who visit Japan annually. Japan is not only about technology, but this country offers a perfect blend of beautiful landscapes, cultural heritages, challenging adventures and more. From the famous Niseko resorts in Hokkaido to Mount Fuji and the hectic Ginza in Tokyo, Japan can fulfill even the wildest dreams of tourists. From thousands of tourists destinations in Japan, here are top five places to visit in Japan that you should not miss when you visit this samurai country.
1. Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is undoubtedly the most iconic natural landmark and also the highest mountain in Japan. The perfect cone of the top of Mount Fuji makes the mountain remains beautiful even though it is photographed from various different angles. In Japan, this mountain is considered as one of the holy mountains along with Hakusan and Tateyama mountains. Although this mountain can be visited year-round, the best time to enjoy the beauty of this mountain is during the winter when the mountain shows its best visual appeal.
2. Ginza in Tokyo
Do not forget to explore Ginza when you visit Tokyo. Ginza is the downtown of Tokyo and it is the center for entertainments, culinary, technology and expensive shopping. You can easily find hundreds of high-class restaurants serving the most delicious foods, well-known boutiques and department stores providing the latest fashion, and gadget outlets offering the latest gadgets. A week is actually not enough to fully enjoy the huge city of Ginza.
3. Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle or also known as “the White Heron Castle” is the most famous and the most visited castle in Japan. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Himeji Castle is also one of twelve castles in Japan that are kept in the original condition. With the beauty of the castle and the surrounding landscapes, this castle was chosen to be the location for the 007 film entitled “You Only Live Twice” in 1967.
4. Hiroshima Peace Memorial
Among other places to visit in Japan, Hiroshima Peace Memorial is perhaps the most controversial because many western countries objected the development of this memorial site. Hiroshima Peace Memorial or also called A-Bomb Dome or Atomic Bomb Dome is a memorial site built to commemorate people who were killed in the Hiroshima atomic bomb on August 6, 1945.
5. Niseko in Hokkaido
If you plan to visit Japan in the winter season, you have to list Niseko ski resort in your holiday agenda. Niseko ski resort is the most visited ski resort in Japan which is located in Hokkaido Island. Millions of boarders and skiers visit Niseko annually. Niseko does not only offer year-round light powder snow but it also offers vast ski area that can accommodate a large number of skiers. There is no need to bring your own ski equipments because there are many ski rentals that provide you with all ski equipments you need.