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Japan: You have to see these 9 special places

Japan is a country of rich culture, majestic mountains, crazy neon lights, great food, and a fascinating history. A country where the national drink sake is drunk hot or cold, where incense hovers around temples and shrines, and technological progress is taking the world by storm. With a mixture of ancient traditions and groundbreaking progress, Japan is without a doubt one of the most fascinating countries in Asia. From the neon lights of vibrant Tokyo to ancient temples on snow-capped mountain peaks, Japan is a feast for the senses. Get to know the many facets of this extraordinary country on a tour.
With so many attractions to see in Japan, it can be difficult to pick the best for your trip. Here are our highlights of Japan that you shouldn't miss on a tour of the Land of Smiles.

It is a metropolis of extreme contrasts: On the one hand, the old and traditional Tokyo on the one hand Asakusa old town and on the other hand, crazy and modern Tokyo in the pop culture district Harajuku.

Visit the Senso-ji temple, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple, where the atmosphere of bygone times can still be felt. Leave you in the district Akihabara dazzling neon lights, shrill neon signs and crazy anime. Learn on the Tsukiji fish market how a perfect sushi is made and let this be yours Treat taste.

Admire in the lively neighborhood Shinjuku the view from a skyscraper to the Tokyo skyline. The incredible show in Robot restaurant shouldn't be missed. An extraordinary spectacle as you can only experience it in Japan!

Another well-known attraction in Tokyo is Shibuya Crossing, the busiest intersection in the world. Despite the fact that several thousand people cross the street across the zebra crossings at the same time at rush hour, things are fairly organized here - that's Japan!

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2. Old Imperial City of Kyoto

Kyoto is one of the must-see places in Japan. Its centuries-old history, numerous temples, shrines and cultural monuments make Kyoto one of the most interesting cities in Japan.

Kyoto is famous for that mysterious geishas, Japan's traditional entertainers who are known in the Gion district can encounter. Experience the timeless traditions of ancient Japan in the geisha district and enjoy an inexpensive, authentic and delicious meal in one of the neat wood-paneled restaurants.

One of the most famous streets in Kyoto is the narrow one Pontocho Alleywhere there are many small restaurants, bars, teahouses and shops. Experience here lively night life in a traditional setting. Kyoto also has a large student population and a thriving music scene. in the Kawaramachi nightlife district there are bars, jazz clubs and many izakaya pubs.

A highlight in Kyoto is the splendid one Golden Pavilion, a beautiful building completely covered in gold leaf and surrounded by a lake that reflects the impressive building.

Popular destinations in Kyoto include the Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of the most famous Shinto sacred sites in Japan. Walk through a corridor of thousands of bright red arches, the "torii", through the forest up to Mount Inari. Once at the top, there are wonderful views over the city when the weather is nice.

Take a trip to the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. A path leads through a labyrinth with meter-high bamboo trees that stand close together and tower high into the sky. An unreally beautiful atmosphere surrounds this magical bamboo forest. The is very close by Iwatayama Monkey Parkwhich can be reached via a rather strenuous ascent. Watch the Japanese macaques that live free here on the hill.

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3. Hakone & Mount Fuji

The picturesque mountain town Hakone is known for its breathtaking mountain panoramas on the Mount Fuji, the symbol of Japan.

The mountain town is wonderfully located on Lake Ashi and is surrounded by a magical mountain landscape that invites you to discover. The beautiful region can be explored on board a pirate ship and while taking a ride in a cable car. During the excursion with a ferry across the clear blue crater lake, you can enjoy an incomparable view of Mount Fuji from the deck on a cloudless day. On the north shore of the lake is the base station of the Hakone cable car, which goes over the volcanic Owakudani Valley floats.

Hakone has the opportunity to take a relaxing bath in the hot spring water of a traditional Japanese thermal bath, an "onsen".

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4. Holy Temple City of Koyasan

The Buddhist temple settlement, which lies in untouched nature in the highlands of Wakayama prefecture, is considered sacred in Japan and radiates one magical atmosphere out. There are over 100 temples here in a very small space and more than half of the residents are monks.
Here it is possible to spend the night in one of the ornate temples. Accommodation is in classic tatami rooms, the meals are vegetarian and you can attend the morning prayer of the monks. At a Overnight temple in Koyasan you immerse yourself intensely in the spirituality and the indescribable calm this special place.

The Okunoin cemetery, the final resting place of many of the country's most important historical and religious figures, is one of the most sacred places in Japan. Crossing the Ichinohashi Bridge gives access to the forest that surrounds the cemetery. Okunoin is the largest cemetery in Japan - it stretches for two kilometers and contains the graves of over 20,000 monks and other believers in the Shingon teaching. Still, the site isn't scary - it's one of the most beautiful and quiet places in the country. The majestic trees and ornate tombstones take your breath away and allow a relaxed stroll and thoughtful meditation as visitors make their way through the trees. Do you fancy a trip to the land of smiles? With us you will find exciting Japan adventure trips!
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Hiroshima is known worldwide for the Atomic bombs from 1945which destroyed much of the city and killed tens of thousands. The Hiroshima Peace Park was dedicated in memory of the victims. A symbolic landmark of the park is the atomic bomb dome - the skeletal remains of one of the last buildings that stood closest to the site of the bombing.

While the park is a poignant reminder of the atomic bomb drop, the overwhelming message is the hope that something like this will never happen again. As a warning, there is a clock in front of the Peace Museum that shows two different values: The first counts the days that have passed since the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The second clock shows the number of days that have passed since the last nuclear test.

Hiroshima is back to one flourishing metropolis has been built with many attractions to discover. The is just off the coast of Hiroshima Miyajima Island, on which tame deer roam freely through the streets and greet the visitors. The island can be reached after a short ferry crossing. The temple island of Miyajima is known for the Itsukushima shrine, which, like other most important temple buildings, was built on stilts on the shores of the island. A huge one rises in the sea right in front of the shrine red torii gate. At high tide, the shrine and its gate seem to float on the water and present themselves from their most picturesque side.

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6. Osaka - try the best street food in all of Japan

Osaka, the second largest metropolis in Japan, has a very lively character, the locals are lively and cosmopolitan and known for their hard work and partying. Osaka is known as the shopping, dining and nightlife capital of Japan. This culinary land of milk and honey makes every gourmet's heart beat faster. Experience with one Food tour Japanese cuisine with all your senses.

In Namba, one of the liveliest and most interesting parts of Osaka, you can experience the local atmosphere of the city. This is also called "Minami"known, which means" south, "as it is located in the southern part of Osaka. The area is full of so many restaurants and places to visit and it is extremely lively at night. Miles of covered shopping -Arcades, criss-crossed by canals and rivers, open onto side streets full of history and small shops.

Dotonbori is the hot spot when it comes to Food and night life goes. The colorful shopping streets with their gigantic neon signs and crazy facades, which are decorated with huge figures and flashing neon lights, are overwhelming, especially on the first visit. No matter where you look - it flashes and flickers everywhere, always accompanied by the scent of the delicious snacks that are offered on every corner. There are so many shops and attractions on Dotonbori Street that are not to be missed!

If you like it a little quieter, you should Tombori River Walk, a pedestrian promenade along the Dotonbori Canal. Well worth a visit too Tenjinbashi-suji, the longest shopping street in Japan. Over a length of 2.6 kilometers, over 600 shops and restaurants vie for customers.

One of the main attractions is the Osaka Castle. The city's landmark is considered to be one of the most magnificent castles in Japan. The complex, which is surrounded by a moat and a meter-high fortress wall, has been destroyed and rebuilt several times over the past centuries. There is also a beautiful park and idyllic gardens in the castle complex. From Umeda Sky Building a fantastic view over the city opens up.

It goes even higher on Abeno Harukas, the tallest skyscraper in Japan, from its viewing platform at a height of 300 meters breathtaking 360-degree view offers.

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It is well worth a visit because of its scenic beauty and cultural treasures Shikoku Island. The smallest of the four main islands of Japan offers a lot of peace, nature and undiscovered corners away from the metropolitan regions. Hidden temples, imposing castles, lush green mountains and that oldest thermal bath in Japan - There is a lot to discover on Shikoku Island. You know the island for Japan's most famous pilgrimage route, which covers a total of 1,200 kilometers 88 Buddhist temples connects around the island.

Takamatsu While the largest city on Shikoku Island, it is a beautiful, unpretentious city full of history, great food, and interesting local art. One highlight is that Ritsurin garden, one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan. This dates back to the Edo period and consists of several ponds and arched bridges that have been created around walking paths, tea pavilions and historic trees. The garden houses that too Sanuki Folk Art MuseumA variety of ceramics and wickerwork from the Tokugawa shoguns era are on display.

The small town Kotohira is famous for the Kompira-san, Shikoku's most famous shrine. Kompira-san is very popular with pilgrims and is dedicated to seafaring. While access to the shrine is not particularly easy, it is worth the effort. The ascent to the main shrine leads over 785 steps and to reach the inner shrine a total of 1,368 stone steps have to be overcome. On the way you pass some historical sights and enjoy the view of the city of Kotohira and the Seto Inland Sea.

The main attraction of Matsuyama is that Matsuyama Castle, one of the most beautiful preserved castles in Japan, which is located in the middle of the charming provincial capital with its old trams and its elegant atmosphere. Unlike most of the castles in Japan, this one has an interesting collection of artifacts inside that are worth visiting to learn a little more about Matsuyama's feudal history. Matsuyama is also home to the beautiful Dogo Onsen, one of the oldest bathhouses in Japanthat looks back on 3000 years of history. In the hot thermal springs you can relax wonderfully and unwind. In the immediate vicinity is the Ishiteji Temple, which was built in honor of the most famous Buddhist monk in Japan.

The Valley of Iya in the heart of Shikoku Island is one of the most secluded places in Japan. Narrow valleys, deep gorges, rushing rivers, dense forests and towering mountains shape the landscape of this hidden region. Centuries ago the inhabitants built bridges out of lianas to be able to cross the ravines and rivers. Of the once 13 Kazurabashi bridges, as these liana bridges are called in the Iya Valley, only three bridges are now open to visitors and are maintained.

To compensate for the dwindling population of Nagoro, a local artist had the crazy idea of ​​replacing them with dolls. The "Scarecrow Village". The most of life-size dolls represent former villagers and are spread over the entire village. A draw for art lovers is the Naoshima Islandwhich attracts visitors from all over the world because of its works of art and sculptures. Museums are dedicated to modern and contemporary art of various styles. Numerous sculptures and installations can be viewed in the open air. Most famous is the giant pumpkin by artist Yayoi Kusama on the beach on the art island of Naoshima.

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8. Snow monkeys in Jigokudani Monkey Park in Shiga Kogen National Park

in the Jigokudani Monkey Park lives a wild population japanese macaquethat can be observed in their natural habitat in this nature reserve. The Japanese snow monkeys play between the trees in summer, while these wild guys can be seen relaxing bathing in the natural hot springs in winter. The monkeys are used to people and can be observed at close range undisturbed. Watching the snow monkeys soak in the onsen and their interactions is extremely amusing.

The park is open all year round and the monkeys bathe all year round, but the sight of the macaques bathing in front of the snow-covered landscape is particularly attractive, between December and March.

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The traditional small town of Takayama is located in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. Unlike many other Japanese cities, the UNESCO World Heritage Site-The city of Takayama retains a traditional flair, especially in its beautifully preserved old town. The southern half of the old town, especially Sannomachi Street, is particularly pretty with lots of old wooden houses, craft shops, coffee houses and sake breweries, some of which have been in operation for centuries. Stroll through the morning market on the banks of the Miyagawa River for local produce. At a Sake tasting In a local brewery you can try the Japanese national drink, which is made from pure spring water and rice. Or spoil your palate with delicious Hida beef - a specialty!

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