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Things to do in Japan

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The top 1.462 attractions in Japan

Temples in Kyoto
Kinkaku-ji Temple
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The golden pavilion has considerably more bling than it's sister the silver pavilion. It is a photographer's dream reflected in the pond that dominates the formal garden. However it can get pretty busy so you may need to jostle for the perfect spot. Whilst strolling around the garden you will pass the mound of the white snake commemorating the spot where one of Yoshimitsu's mistresses threw herself in the pond in a fit of jealousy.
Temples in Kyoto
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
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If you come from Kyoto station, take the Keihan line train and get off at the second stop Fushimi Inari, it's 15 minutes. The Fushimi-Inari Shrine is the most impressive shrine out of the other 40,000 Shinto shrines in Japan. It has a vast network of corridors lined with countless torii and extending about 4 km. This place is wonderful and is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Kyoto. They told us that the Shinto god Inari is the god of grain and rice and his messenger on earth is the fox. It's a spectacular place.
Neighborhoods in Tokyo
Asakusa
(46)
Great place to shop souvenirs.
Historical Monuments in Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine
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Miyajima has something magical. We arrived at noon from Hiroshima. We spent the afternoon on the island and finally spent a day in Deer Isle. The magic begins when you first see the ferry appear from the Seto Inland Sea. It is the entrance gate of Itsukushima Shinto temple. I watched from different distances and at different times: Down Mt Misen, going to Mt Misen, at noon when it seems to float in the morning, in the evening when there stuck in the sand and tourists rub it, and looked for night. The typical black, red, and blue background image of Japan really caught me attention.
Neighborhoods in Tokyo
Shibuya
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This is one of the most popular districts of Tokyo due to it's noise and movement. It's full of young people going there to buy their clothes and going out. It is an area that you should visit without fail if you visit the city. You will be amazed with all the people and even the zebra crossings.
Of Touristic Interest in Tokyo
Tokyo Tower
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One of the quintessential icons of the city of Tokyo. It is similar to the famous case of Eiffel Tower in Paris, but a few meters higher (just over eight) and with colors (red and white). It has two observatories, one at 150 m and another at 250 meters. It is worth visiting and for those who are not afraid of heights it is a chance to observe the city from above.
Neighborhoods in Tokyo
Akihabara
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It is a quintessential bohemian neighborhood. A place for geek souls the world over. A commercial neighborhood specializing in gadgets, comics, manga, anime, video games, computers, dvds ... It is the perfect place to stroll and spend hours between harbor shops and cult products. It is also a place full of young people and lots of activity. It's one of those places you have to visit at least once in your life.
Neighborhoods in Tokyo
Shinjuku District
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Shinjuku is like something out of a science fiction movie. It’s densely packed full of people, neon lights, and modern skyscrapers, but it also has its more homely corners. There’s too much to do here for me to describe in one sitting. But, I’ll suggest a few: first of all, Shinjuku Gyoen, a giant Japanese-garden in the center of the zone. It’s perfect for finding moments of peace, which are hard to come by in Tokyo. Also, the Golden Gai area is pretty neat. It’s a series of alleyways filled with bars specializing in every kind of music imaginable. It looks a bit gritty but I assure you it’s 100% safe. You can also find the gay district, red-light district, and traditional geisha district within Shinjuku. There’s something special, exotic, or just plain weird on every corner. Take a few days, at least, to explore it all!
Markets in Tokyo
Tsukiji Fish Market
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The title of my experience in this market becomes more important due to the fact that it is written by a Vigo native, since in Vigo we have a spectacular fish market. The only requirement is that you go early, at 6:00 the ritual begins. To me, this is essential for any visit to Tokyo. Highlighting the variety of species, the amount of bluefin tuna that are unloaded daily, the contrast of traditional Tokyo in this market with the rest of the city, and the best part, at the end of the auction, you can breakfast in the freshest sushi market in the world ... The photos and videos speak for themselves ....
Historical Monuments in Nara
Todai-ji Temple
(20)
This is one of the places that make me feel proud to live in Nara every time I visit. The Buddhist temple Tōdaiji (东大寺), which means "Great Eastern Temple", is named after the city that formerly was flanked by two temples, one east and one west, the latter (during reconstruction ) was lost with the passage of time. The Todaiji is especially famous for containg the largest reclining Buddha in Japan, it is inside the main building, which is is said to be the largest wooden construction in the world, and size, without doubt, will surprise you. We also have to mention the ancient Nandaimon (南 大门, Great South Gate) which allows entry to the area of the temple. I love walking around the Todaiji, which, contrary to what many believe, is not only the Daibutsuden (the building that houses the Great Buddha), but also the Nigatsudo (二月 堂), the building from where there is a fantastic view of the entire city, and the Sangatsudo, in front of which they celebrate the most famous Bon-Odori Nara festival. I guess all who have passed through this city have visited it, and also that there may be those who still have not, I invite you to do so. Here are the most beautiful places in Japan and the protector of the ancient city.
Neighborhoods in Kyoto
Gion District
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The Gion district is magical with its low wooden houses and its narrow streets preserve the classic Japanese style, as if he was still in its heyday, almost 300 years ago. Although the neighborhood has been around for 500 years (at the foot of the [poi = 72184] Yasaka Shrine [/ poi]), it was especially important during the early eighteenth century. At that time the tea houses (ochaya) had a license to have [poi = 55958] Maikos and Geishas [/ poi] as part of its services. For that reason, this area is particularly famous for being the classic neighborhood of Maiko and Geisha. However, Gion is not a "red light district", the geisha were never prostitutes. The [poi = 30548] Pontocho [/ poi] neighborhood is like this one as well. Japan's most important festival, the [poi = 70572] Kyoto Gion Matsuri [/ poi] also takes place here.
Islands in Miyajima
Miyajima
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Situated several train stations from JR Hiroshima is Miyajima Island, an ideal place to make a day trip from Hirshima, famous for the Shrine pagtrimonio of humanity, but it also has many other attractions, parks, walking , countless nooks where you can take a stroll, read or write, you can choose to walk or take a cable car up for the price of about 15 euro to the top from where there are views of the island, I decided not to go up, and I stayed at the bottom reading and walking between the sea and forests
City Halls in Tokyo
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
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In the area of ​​Shinjuku, one of Tokyo's busiest areas, the city's government building is located here and, very high up, there are two towers, one northern and one southern, which offer for free, one of the best views of the city. You'll see if you prefer to go during the day or night. The truth is it is worth going to visit especially because you don't have to pay. You can't help but go see this enormous city from the heavens.
Palaces in Chiyoda
Tokyo Imperial Palace
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The truth is that it has lovely grounds. The greenery of the place and the water contrasts with the skyscrapers that are right next door. Moreover, you have to take a picture at the main bridge and keep it for life. I could not enter the palace as it was closed, but I do not think that I missed much.
Gardens in Tokyo
Ueno Park
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Ueno Park - A walk through this area is essential. It is one of the most extensive green spaces in the city. A visit is spectacular specially in spring with cherry blossoms. Within the complex there is the Pagoda, the Tosho-gu Shrine, Tokyo National Museum. I definitely recommend it.
Neighborhoods in Tokyo
Odaiba
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You can enjoy the best sunsets in Tokyo from Odaiba. To understand what I mean, see the photo gallery. It is a perfect place for a romantic evening or a quiet afternoon or evening stroll. It offers ideal views of the skyline of Tokyo, of Rainbow Bridge and of Tokyo's own beach. It is an essential place to visit and it is also surrounded by shopping centers and restaurants.
Temples in Tokyo
Nikko Toshogu Shrine
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Nikko Toshogu Temple is much more than a temple, it's an amazing place located in the middle of a forest whose land smokes due to volcanic activity in the area. This sacred building complex houses the tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu and 2 of the most influential figures of the time: Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Minamoto Yoritomo. There are a host of Shinto and Buddhist buildings here and there in a magical place, so much so that we don't know where to point the camera. No wonder the place is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. If you were in the position of having to choose 1 place in Japan to visit it would be difficult. Tokyo or Kyoto or Nara or Nikko and the Toshogu Shrine. The buildings are made of molded wood and painted in bright colors. The famous 3 monkeys stand out (one covers ears, one mouth and the third eyes) this is interpreted in the Buddhist doctrine of "not listening to the devil, not seeing the devil, not talking to the devil ". As I understand it the devil means bad, impure, I.e. do no evil. Now you know. There is also a famous statue "nemuri neko" or Sleeping cat that has a curious history: It turns out that a certain Hidari Jingoro ve was a renowned carpenter for temples sculpted figures with much success. A rival carpenter quarreled with him and cut off his right arm so that he could not ply his trade, but he devoted himself to training his left arm. The latter carved the cat sleeping and looking left for this very reason. Legend also says that all the surrounding temples are rats. In the top of the place we visited the tomb of Shogun, but this is money that we could have saved because in reality there was nothing more to this construction in the woods and held no attraction for tourists, although historically you cannot deny its importance. The entrance to the temple costs 1000 yen and open from 8-5 pm. They close at 4 pm from November to March as it gets dark very early.
Temples in Kyoto
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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It's a temple perched on the side of a mountain. It was first built in 798 but the buildings that are visited now have been reconstructed from 1633. It forms part of the Hosso Buddhist school and is one of Kyoto's most famous landmarks. It is impressive to see the large terrace that stands out among the trees and supports hundreds of wooden columns. For the views it offers, this temple really can't be missed.