Japan Tourism is an incredible surprise to those of us who have had the pleasure of visiting Japan. A small industrialized Asian country if also a place with an outstanding history and many landmarks to visit.
This Japan’s # 1 landmark and also the country’s highest mountain peak, with a height of 3,776 meters over a largely flat landscape. It is easily seen from Tokyo 100 km away. It has been celebrated in Japanese art and literature for ages and in 2013 UNESCO recognized it as a World Heritage Site.
It is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and is climbed by more than a million people each summer as an act of pilgrimage that culminates in watching the sunrise from its summit. While some still choose to begin their climb from the base, the majority of climbers now start from above the halfway mark, at the 5th Station, making an easier and more manageable task.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Despite the horrors of the atomic bombing in August 1945, this city has made great efforts to commemorate the many victims of the world’s first nuclear attack.
It has become since then a symbol of Peace among nations and is visited by more than a million people a year, many of them coming from outside of Japan.
The park's highlights include the Peace Memorial Museum with its numerous exhibits dealing with the issue of world peace, and the Memorial Cenotaph and the Flame of Peace, as well as the Atom Bomb Dome.
Tokyo Tower in the Capital of Japan
Facts about Japan
One of Japan’s most beautiful cities for Japan Tourism, it was spared by the atrocities of WWII. It attracts 10 million visitors a year who come to explore its architecture and old streets.
The imperial family took up residence here more than 1,000 years ago. Even then, the city was Japan's most important cultural center, a legacy that continues with its many art galleries and museums, with important paintings, sculptures and many other forms of art.
Visit Nijo Castle, a 17th century fortress that has retained its original walls and towers. And a visit as well to the original Kyoto Imperial Palace.
This is one of the few surviving examples of the once prolific and amazing hilltop homes used by Shoguns and city rulers, Fukuoka Castle is one of the highlights of a visit to Fukuoka. Once part of a massive complex that covered an area of some 47,000 square meters, this beautiful castle still impresses with its size and its position on a tall foundation overlooking the Naka River.
The Island Shrine of Itsukushima
A short ride away from Hiroshima is the island of Miyajima, famous the world over as Japan's Shrine Island. Covering an area of 30 sq km in Hiroshima Bay, Miyajima is renowned as the home of the Itsukushima Shrine, a Shinto temple dedicated to the Princess daughters of the wind god Susanoo. Constructed in the 8th century the great part of the shrine’s buildings rise out of the waters of a small bay supported only by piles.
Apart from its many historic sites, this city boasts many important old temples, including the magnificent 7th Kofuku-ji Temple, and perhaps the best known of the Seven Great Temples of Nara, the splendid 8th Todai-ji or Great East Temple, famous for its huge bronze statue of the Great Buddha or Daibutsu, cast here in AD 749.
Imperial Palace in Tokyo
This is Tokyo’s most important landmark. This palace with its beautiful 17th century parks surrounded by walls and moats is a must-see place when visiting the Capital of Japan.
Since it is still used by the Imperial family, most of the palaces’s areas are closed to the general public.
In addition to the many fine views of the palace from numerous points in the surrounding parkland, including the famous Nijubashi Bridge, or "double bridge," so named for its watery reflection, visitors are permitted into the East Higashi-Gyoen Garden, one of the few areas open to the public.
Built in 1586 by famous Japanese warrior and politician Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Osaka Castle was at the time the largest and most important fortress in the country.
It was destroyed and rebuilt several times until the present structure. A visit includes the huge five-story, 42-meter-tall main tower built on an imposing 14-meter-tall stone base and home to a number of displays detailing the history of the castle and the city.
Chūbu-Sangaku National Park
This is one of the outstanding national parks of Japan. This one is the country’s most spectacular located in the center of the island of Hnshu in a group of mountains collectively referred to as the Hida Mountains, or Japanese Alps.
The region contains some of the highest peaks in the country, including Hotaka at 3,190 meters, and Yari at 3,180 meters.
The Atsuta Shrine, Nagoya
Located in the heart of the city of Nagoya, this is the most important Shinto shrine in Japan attracting more than five million visitors each year. Established in the 1st century, this religious site is famous for its preserved Imperial insignia, the "grass-mowing sword" or “kusanagi-no-tsurugi”, one of only three in the country.
Also visit Nagoya Castle, a splendid moated complex built in 1612 boasting a 48-meter-high main tower that is famous for its two gilded dolphins, its museum containing art treasures from the former palace, and its spectacular views over the city and the Nobi Plain.
Flag of Japan Description
The national flag of Japan is a rectangular white banner bearing a crimson-red disc at its center. This flag is officially called Nisshōki, or the "sun-mark flag", but is more commonly known in Japan as Hi no maru or the "circle of the sun
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