Aug 3, 2012
Francesco Agresti

Top 10 Japanese Travel Destinations for Foreigners

One of Japan’s greatest strengths is its wide variety of locations and scenery. In fact, there are so many that the average traveler can only squeeze in just a few spots into their itinerary. That is why we have compiled a list of this year’s most popular and talked about destinations to help ease your decision making process. You simply can’t go wrong no matter which ones you choose!

#10 Kiyomizu Temple

Visit quite possibly the most picturesque temple in all of Japan. The view from the top will be etched into your memory forever.

Location: Kyoto

Open: 6am-6pm daily

Admission: 300 yen

Official Website

 

#9 Todai-ji Temple

Enter the world’s largest wooden building and see a huge bronze statue of Buddha.

Location: Nara

Open: 7:30am-5:30pm daily

Admission: 500 yen

Official Website (Japanese only)

 

#8 Kinkaku-ji Temple

A beautiful gold covered temple floating above a mirror-like pond.

Location: Kyoto

Open: 9am-5pm daily

Admission: 400 yen

Official Website (Japanese only)

 

#7 Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort

Ski or snowboard on some of the best powdered snow Japan has to offer.

Location: Kutchan Town, Hokkaido

Season: Mid November to mid May

Admission: Tickets range from 2,700-4,400 yen

Official Website

 

#6 Kenrokuen Garden

Take a stroll through one of the top three most beautiful Japanese landscape gardens.

Location: Kanazawa City, Ishikawa

Open: March to October 5am-6pm & October to February 8am-5pm

Admission: 300 yen

Official Website

 

#5 Jigokudani Monkey Park

Have fun watching snow monkeys bathe in a natural hot spring.

Location: Yamanouchi Town, Nagano

Open: April to October 8:30am-5pm & November to March 9am-4pm

Admission: 500 yen

Official Website

 

#4 Miyajima’s Itsukushima Shrine

If you visit during low tide, you can get up close and personal with the lone torii gate. The high tide will allow for some beautiful picture opportunities.

Location: Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima

Open: 6:30am-6pm daily

Admission: 300 yen

 

#3 Fushimi Inari Shrine

Explore a mountain trail while passing through a thousand torii gates, which leads you to a majestic temple.

Location: Kyoto

Open: Always open

Admission: Free

Official Website

 

#2 Hakone Open Air Museum

Enjoy the seamless blend of nature and art against the beautiful mountainous backdrop.

Location: Hakone, Kanagawa

Open: 9am-5pm daily

Admission: 1,600 yen

Official Website

 

#1 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

The only structure that survived the atomic bomb blast.

Location: Hiroshima

Open: 8:30am-6pm, Closed 29th Dec – 1st Jan

Admission: 50 yen

Official Website

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