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5 Must See Sites in Japan

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit the Land of the Rising Sun? Are you interested in learning about one of the oldest and most advanced countries in the world? Whether you are looking to explore a different culture, or are a Japanese history buff, these five sites are a must-see for your next trip to Japan.

  1. Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park: This Japanese staple consists of the famed Mount Fuji, Fuji Five Lakes, Hakone, and the Izu Islands. With stunning and peaceful nature views and beautiful blossoming flowers–this park is logically the most visited national park in all of Japan. Be sure to take a moment to soak in the Shiraito Falls, which were named a World Heritage Site back in 2013.

    Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

    eeems/ via Flickr

  2. Great Buddha of Kamakura: One of the most visited Buddhist Temples of Japan–this 44-foot tall bronze statue dates back to 1252. The statue is hollow, so take a look inside to experience its magnitude first-hand!

    The Great Buddha of Kamakura

    RYU H/ via Flickr

  3. Sagano Bamboo Forest: Described by CNN as “one of the prettiest groves on Earth,” the Sagano Forest enchants visitors with its peacefulness and relaxing nature sounds. Take a leisurely stroll through the plants to truly absorb the soundscape!

    Bamboo forest at Sagano, Kyoto

    Iñaki Pérez de Albéniz/ via Flickr

  4. Harajuku: Nestled in the heart of Tokyo this district is a historical and cultural staple. Home to the Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi National Olympic Stadium, and the world-famous Shibuya Crossing–this neighborhood has a lot to offer. Reserve some time for people watching–Harajuku is renowned for its colorful streets and fashion scene!

    Takashita Street, Harajuku

    Leng Cheng/ via Flickr

  5. Kiyomizudera Temple: One of the most celebrated temples of Japan, Kiyomizudera is known for its wooden stage outside the main hall. Visit in the fall to get a colorful view of the stunning cherry and maple trees below.
    Kiyomizu Temple

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Maria L.

Maria is a Content Marketing Co-op from Northeastern University. Born and raised in Panama, her ultimate travel dream is to meet a Koala and snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef.

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