Mount Fuji (Mt. Fuji and sightseeing spots around it)
Mount Fuji is even internationally known as the tallest mountain in Japan with a 3,776 m at its peak. It is said that every year, millions of people climb Mount Fuji. Not only did Mount Fuji become famous for its beauty, but while it has long been believed to be a sacred mountain with mystical powers living within.
Not only is the mountain a must-visit sightseeing spot, but “Fuji Fugaku Wind Cave”, “Narusawa Hyoketsu Ice Cave”, and “Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha” the main temple of the Sengen shrine, “Kitaguchi Honguu Fuji Sengen Jinja” also popularly called as “Sengensan” are also worthy spots to visit where ice can be seen in its surrounding all year long.
Furthermore, the Fuji mountain is surrounded by hot spring facilities with a great view of the mountain, theme parks, events are often held, there are many things to enjoy anytime of the year.
Asakusa (Asakusa Temple and Nakamise)
Asakusa is known to be the center of the growth of the Edo culture, and one of the few cities in Tokyo that leaves that old downtown culture of the city.
It has many festivities and events every season such as “Hozukiichi” and “Hagoitaichi”, and it is a sightseeing spot recommended for those who want to experience the old atmosphere of a downtown Japanese city.
With its 1400 years of history, and the oldest temple inside Tokyo, without a doubt, Sensouji is one of the most famous sightseeing in all of Tokyo, or even Japan. Kaminarimon, Houzoumon, and Gojuunotou are also places worth visiting while in this beautiful city.
The Nakamise area is home to prestigious Japanese confectionary stores and restaurants with almost 100 years of history, and sushi, soba, unagi, and tempura can be enjoyed.
Also close to Asakusa is “Kappabashi Dougugai” also called as Kappabashi street, where you buy or even experience making all sorts of food samples perfect for a unique souvenir.
Kyoto (Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kiyomizudera, Kinkakuji)
Kyoto, with all its old town scenery is still preserves the elegance of the old Kyoto city and still loved by many. It is a very popular sightseeing spot for many foreign tourists.
Among many historical places to visit in Kyoto, “Fushimi Inari Taisha” is the head shrine of Inari shrine that has over 30,000 shrines around the country. With its famous endless vermilion Senbon Torii lining leading up to the shrine, and exudes the mysterious Japanese beauty.
If you want to experience the best view in Kyoto, at the same time visit a world heritage spot, then Kiyomizudera is something you cannot miss.
The breathtaking view from Kiyomizu temple covers the whole of Kyoto. The entrance of the vermillion gate of Niomon, Sanjuunotou that was built in the Heian era are also worth visiting at least once.
Of course, another tourist spot that you must go to is Kinkakuji.
Though popularly known Kinkakuji, its official name is actually Rokuonji, and from its luxurious reliquary hall covered in gold leaf, “Kin” meaning gold in Japanese.
Kanazawa (Kenrokuen and Higashichaya District)
Small Kyoto as it is called. Kanazawa is known for its development as a castle town associated with the phrase “Kaga Hyakuman Goku” or the millions of rice consumed by its people to indicate the richness of the town.
As the center of the city, “Kenrokuen”, next to the “Kairakuen” of Mito in Ibaraki prefecture, and “Korakuen” of Okayama, it is popular to be one of the three great gardens of Japan.
In the 4, around 1676, Kaga domain’s 5th feudal lord Tsunanori Maeda built a rest house in the area, and the garden built for it was Kenrokuen. As a circuit style garden, beautiful views can be enjoyed from anywhere within the garden.
In the latter part of the Edo period, “Higashichaya district” is another recommendation where old townhouses built in the early Meiji era still line-up in a street. The buildings are well utilized up to this day as shops and homes. The area has a warm and homey charm to it that should be experienced at least once.
Once you get off the station, you can immediately see the world heritage “Himeji Castle”. It is said to have started when the Daimyo, Japanese territorial lord as provincial constable Norimura Akamatsu who was also the general from the Kamakura Era and Minami Chousen Era had turned Himeyama into a fort.
Engraved in Hime Castle is 400 years of history, and the, with many samurais moving during the time, the reconstruction and extension of the castle had been repeated many times, completing the big and luxurious design of the castle. It is a coalition-type castle with 5 tiered externally, with 1 floor basement and 6 stories above as its main castle keep, and smaller castle-keeps in its east, west, and north-west positions.
Since the castle tower resembles the shape of an egret with its wings wide, it is also called the “Shirasagi Castle”.
Next to “Matsushima” in Miyagi prefecture, and “Amanohashidate” of Kyoto city, “Itsukushima” also popularly known as the “Aki no Miyajima” is considered as one of the three best views of Japan.
Itsukushima shrine in the area is also registered as a Unesco world heritage, and as an old shrine floating in the Aki no Miyajima, it is believed to be a god of the island.
The shrine is internationally known for its rare wood structure on sea, and as the tide rises, its vermillion shrine looks as if it floats in the sea.
The Ootori considered as the symbol of the Itsukushima shrine has a 16 meter height, and the post has around 10 meters wide.
During low tide, you may also walk from the island to the Torii. The shrine and Ootori are lit up at night leaving a dreamy aura.
One of the most famous sightseeing spots of the ancient city “Nara” is the Hall of the Great Buddha of Toudaiji. Todaiji is said to be the temple that symbolizes the Tenpyo culture. You may take a whole day going through the world’s biggest wooden structure Hall of the Great Buddha, an array of stunning sculptures lined in Hokkedou, and also Nigatsudo, the stage of the water drawing ceremony.
The height of the buddha is 15 meters which took 7 years to create and completed in 752 by the Nara era’s Emperor Shomu wish to solve the political unrestness during the time.
The great buddha, Hokkendou where sculptures and Kongorikishi statue are stored in the Hall of the Great Buddha where a majestic spiritual world spreads.
Koya mountain was opened by the Kobadaishi “Kukai” who started the Shingon Esoteric Buddhism in the Heian Era, and it was recognized as a World Heritage in 2004, and by 2015, it celebrated 1200 years of the foundation of Mount Koya.
Throughout 1200, it has gathered the faith and respect of many in Japanese buddhism. It has also received a 3 star from the Michelin guide, being highly-evaluated around the world as a great sightseeing location.
The Koya mountain has three main areas. One is the podium where Kukai first opened a training hall 1200 years ago. Next is the Kongoubuji area where the head temple of the Mount Koya Shingon sect is located. The third is the farthest which is the mausoleum area of Kobadaishi who is said to still be meditating up to this day.
Samurai museum as you might have guessed, is a museum for all things Samurai. It showcases 700 years of samurai history from the Kamakura Era until the end of the Edo Era.
It is a valuable museum where samurai spirit can be felt in the middle of the urban city.
Replicas of armors of historical warriors such as Hideyoshi Toyotomi, Ieyasu Tokugawa, Yukimura Shinada, sword battle shows, Japanese sword lecture, and calligraphy courses are also held. Special photo shoots with your personally coordinated coats, helmets, swords, and spears.
Known to be the business and shopping district of Minami Osaka, Dotonbori has famous spots with flashy banners of Kani Douraku and Grico.
There are also great spots to buy great souvenirs and restaurants special to Osaka such as “Nakaza Kuidaore Building” and “Doutonbori Konamon Museum” with its theme of “Konamon” or dishes that use wheat flour in the Osaka dialect.
There is also a river cruise on Dotonbori river, and you may also visit Kadoza for comedic skits. At Dotonbori, you can eat and laugh, and enjoy the city of Osaka.
For foodies that enjoy history, “Hodenji Yokochou” is also a must-go-to place to experience restaurants that have preserved its facade from the olden days, and it also has “Mizukake Fudo”, a statue covered in moss that is said to serve good prosperity and love. This is a must go area with many sightseeing spots that can be enjoyed all year round.