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What to see in Japan

Japan Attractions


The fascinating land of pink cherry blossoms, sushi and Manga comics, Japan is a cultural explosion of attractions, neon-lit cities and exquisite mountainous landscapes. Thankfully this mystical country retains plenty of its oriental charm resulting in an 'East meets West' experience of a lifetime for visitors.

Head to the capital of Tokyo for a spot of shopping, sample authentic Japanese sushi, and maybe even enjoy a little karaoke. Although famous for its glitz and neon glam this ultra impressive modern metropolis also has ancient shrines and temples round just about every corner, making the sightseeing a wonderful combination of old and new.

Head south to the city of Hiroshima, the country's most famous tourist attraction, where thousands of visitors make a pilgrimage to Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park, taking in the museums and lively city that has emerged triumphantly from the horror of the atomic bomb dropped during World War II. Hiroshima is a must for anybody interested in modern history and is a deeply moving place to visit.

Once you have had enough of Japan's cities, visit the vast countryside and marvel at the hundreds of picturesque volcanoes, take a dip in the hot springs, and explore the mountainous interior of the islands. Japan is a beautiful country and even in the cities the parks are punctuated with cherry blossom trees and mathematically correct Zen gardens which never cease to amaze foreigners.


Akihabara

Tokyo's electronic wonderland has become world-renowned. In a small area near Chuo-dori Avenue, west of Akihabara Station,…

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Edo-Tokyo Museum

Tokyo's museum dedicated to detailing the city's history, art, culture and architecture through the medium of visual…

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Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima's original castle, built in the late 16th century, was totally destroyed in the atomic blast during World War…

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Minamiza Kabuki Theatre

Kabuki is a traditional Japanese dance-drama known for its stylised take of performance and the elaborate make-up worn…

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Mount Aso

The composite active volcano of Mount Aso lies almost in the centre of Kyushu Island and is Japan's largest active volcano…

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Mount Fuji

The dormant volcano of Mount Fuji, 62 miles (100km) southwest of Tokyo, has been revered since ancient times and no exploration…

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Sanjusangen-do

The temple of Rengeoin, in eastern Kyoto, is better known by its popular name of Sanjusangen-do, and houses an amazing…

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Senso-ji Temple

The Asakusa neighbourhood of Tokyo draws visitors to admire the city's oldest temple, Senso-ji, founded in 628 AD with…

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Tokyo Imperial Palace

Japan's Imperial Palace is regarded as the heart and soul of Tokyo, standing on a huge site that still bears the remains…

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Tokyo National Museum

Close to Ueno Station, and enclosed in the beautiful, spacious park of the same name - also called the Tokyo Metropolitan…

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Tokyo Tower

The Tokyo Tower is modelled in the vein of the Eiffel Tower in France, only in true Japanese style, it is more colourful…

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Our Travel Expert

Carey Finn Hails from Cape Town, lives in Tokyo (until further notice). A writer type with a love for languages, tea and cherry blossom trees, she headed to Japan to teach English “for a year or two”, and for some reason is still there five years later. After spending some time in laid-back Osaka, she moved up to the crazy capital that is Tokyo, where she tries to hold onto as much of her sanity, and yen, as possible. You can find her cheapo travel advice at www.tokyocheapo.com, where she helps people make the most of the city on a shoestring budget.

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