Top 10 Must-See Tourist Spots in Japan
Japan is easily one of the most fascinating places to visit in Asia. It’s an enthralling mix of the modern and the ancient, a surprising blend of the familiar and the strange. Tourist Spot in Tagaytay Thanks to the country’s move to push tourism, Japan is also one of the friendliest places for tourists to be. But in a country where there are 4 major islands and numerous others, a first-time tourist can easily be overwhelmed by the different offerings. Where to go when you’re in Japan? Here, in no particular order, are the top 10 must-see tourist spots in the land of the rising sun:
Harajuku is a major must-see tourist spot in Tokyo for every anime and manga fan. Just off the train station, the district is famous for its young locals all dressed up in costumes inspired mostly by anime characters. It’s also home to numerous cafes and boutiques, so dining and shopping should be part of the itinerary.
Since this is Japan, expect a blend of the bold and the serene. Harajuku is also where the famous Meiji Shrine is located. Meiji Jingu is a Shinto shrine built for Emperor Meiji and his consort. First completed in 1921, it was bombed by the U.S. during WWII but rebuilt in 1958.
Shinjuku district is found in Tokyo, Japan’s capital. A densely populated metropolis, Shinjuku offers tourists some of the best places to shop, dine, mix with the locals and take in Japanese-style nightlife. Shinjuku is also home to Ginza, the massive shopping area where some of the biggest international names (think Versace, Gucci and Fendi, among others) in the fashion world hold shop.
When you travel to this area, don’t forget to drop by a Mikimoto shop. Mikimoto cultured pearls are renowned throughout the world for their ethereal beauty and craftsmanship.
To experience the old amongst the modern, head to Asakusa, also in Tokyo. This is where the 7th century Senso-ji Temple can be found. Other than souvenirs, this old neighborhood is also the ideal place to sample Japanese cuisine, since numerous restaurants can be found here.
Asakusa has a rather notorious past — it used to be the place where people came for entertainment. Kabuki plays were staged in the area and it was also one of the main red light districts of the Edo era.
Kyoto is where some of Japan’s best-known shrines, temples and castles are found. It also has a high cultural and historical importance because it was Japan’s capital until 1868. Numerous areas here hav