Japan is the most favorite destinations of travelers roaming around Asia, you can find advanced technology, unconventional landscapes, eye-catching and Instagram-worthy cherry blossom trees, and a whole lot more! Ready to visit Japan? You may use this list to learn more about the 7 most beautiful places in Japan to help you plan your perfect itinerary.
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The 7 most beautiful places in Japan you should not miss out!
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Open 24/7 to everyone who would like to visit Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, this is one of the most beautiful places in Japan. It’s best to visit the bamboo grove before sunrise to enjoy the tranquility of the place, good for meditating and capturing its beauty with less people around it. Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is more like taking you to another dimension full of sprawling bamboo grove, a peaceful greenery forest, and pure gentle breeze.
How to get to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove: The most convenient way to get to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is by train. You can take the JR Train from Kyoto Station on the JR Sagano/San-in Line to Saga-Arashiyama Station. From there, you will need to walk for about 10 minutes and just follow the signs leading to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.
If you are looking for the perfect place to view the country’s cherry blossom trees, there is no other way but to climb the Mt. Yoshino. It is one of the most beautiful places in Japan covered by estimated 30,000 cherry trees. Mt. Yoshino is a World Heritage Site confirmed in 2014 and it features four sections such as:
- Shimo Senbon
- Naka Senbon
- Kami Senbon
- Oku Senbon
When you get tired hiking and done admiring the cherry trees in Mount Yoshino, there are cafes to fill up your tummy and souvenir shops.
How to get to Mt. Yoshino: From Nara, Kyoto or Osaka Stations, take a JR train to Yoshino-guchi Station. From there, take the Kintetsu Railway train to Yoshino Station. The travel time is about 30 minutes. Yoshino Station is at the base of Mt. Yoshino.
Shirogane Blue Pond
This is a part of the control system, a man-made pond to prevent the Biei to be damaged whenever the Mount Tokachidake shows early signs of eruption. Just a small trivia about Shirogane Blue Pond, its water changes depend on the current season. During the summer season, water in the Blue Pond turns more radiant while in winter it is covered by pure white snow. It is best to visit this one of the most beautiful places in Japan every May until June, as the water becomes more transparent because of the melting snow that makes it more magnificent to witness.
How to get to Shirogane Blue Pond: From Tokyo, fly to Asahikawa Airport near Furano or take a train via Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto. From Furano or Asahikawa, take a train to Biei Station. From there take the bus to Shirogane Onsen and alight at Shirogane Aoiike Iriguchi. The travel time from Biei Station is about 20 minutes and the fare is 540 yen. The Blue Pond is about 5-10 minute walk from the bus stop.
Snorkeling, close encounter with vibrant marine life, and relaxing to Japan’s best beaches, if these activities excite you the most, then it’s about time to include visiting Miyako-jima to your itinerary plan. It is the fourth largest island in Okinawa Prefecture with the exact area size of 158.70 square meters.
On top of that, the Maehama, Yoshino, and Sunayama Beach are all located here in Miyako-jima. It also has a unique way to attract local and foreign travelers as marvelous attractions are locate in Miyako-jima such as:
- Tropical Botanical Garden
- Cape Higashi-Hennazaki
- Irabu Ohashi the longest bridge in Japan
How to get to Miyako-jima: Miyako-jima is about 3 hours by plane from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and only 50 minutes from Naha Airport.
Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)
Who would have thought that a golden attraction lies in Japan? Kinkaku-ji is one of the living proofs that Japan is indeed rich with impressive structure overlooking the large pond reflecting the Buddhist temple.
The two elevated floors of the Golden Pavilion is designed with gold leaf whereas, each floor features different styles of architecture. Since the temple is not open for public viewing, the details of each floor are as follows:
First floor built in Shinden style with wood pillars and white plaster walls. Shaka Buddha and Yoshimitsu statues are stored here. On the second floor, there are statues of Four Heavenly Kings, the floor is Bukke style-inspired. The Golden Pavillion’s third floor is designed with a style of Chinese Zen Hall.
How to get to Kinkaku-ji: The easiest way to visit Kinkaku-ji or the Golden Pavillion is by taking either Kyoto City Bus 101 or 205 from JR Kyoto Station. The bus ride is about 40 minutes and will stop near the Golden Pavillion. If you prefer to ride the train, take the Karasuma Line from JR Kyoto Station and alight at Kita-Oji STation. From there walk towards the Kitaoji Bus Terminal and take the Kyoto City Buses – #101, 102, 204 or 205 to Kinkakuji-michi bus stop.
The highest and famous mountain in Japan rising up 3,776 meters high that makes it perfect for climbing activity every July up to early September. During the climbing season, climbers are asked to donate or contribute 1000 yen per person for the conservation purpose within the area. Reaching its summit would take minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 hours.
How to get to Mount Fuji: The most convenient way to visit Mount Fuji is by taking a day tour through a tour company. You can book a discounted ticket online.
Hitsujiyama Park, Chichibu
After visiting Hitsujiyama Park, we guarantee you that this will be your new favorite hobby! The Pink Paradise is comprise of roughly 400,000 flowers covering up the huge 17, 600 square meters land. It is highly recommended to visit Hitsujiyama Park as one of the most beautiful places in Japan every April to May as the flowers’ blooming season is during this time.
Hitsujiyama Park is just 15 to 20 minutes only from Seibu-Chichibu Station, it is open from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM and there is a corresponding admission fee during the festival amounting to 300 yen. Travelers visiting Hitsujiyama Park after the festival month can visit for free!
Include these 7 most beautiful places in Japan in your bucket list if you really want to maximize your stay and never spend a dull moment in Japan!