Published By: Hessa Meshar
23 November 2016
If you want to have an unforgettable experience travelling through a time machine from modern to ancient country, Japan must definitely be the first in your list. You don’t want to miss this opportunity, from shopping in Tokyo to relaxing in front of the rock garden in Kamakura.
In this article you’ll find Japan’s top 5 cities you must visit:
If you’re a social person who loves mingling with others, Tokyo would definitely be one of your most favorite places you’ve ever visited. What makes Tokyo so special is its people, with over 13 million people walking every day on its streets. Japan’s hyperactive soul is alive by its lovely citizens’ personalities. When visiting Tokyo, you’ll enjoy the blend of ancient Japan with the new, futuristic buildings. If you went there, don’t forget to take a look at the spring cherry blossoms in Yoyogi Park or visit the shopping malls in Shibuya.
Whenever you hear the word Kyoto, the first thing that must come into your mind is “Temples”. Kyoto is located on the central Honshu Island, known as the city of shrines having more than 10,000 Shrines. It would take you months to explore all the popular temples and shrines put there. If you’re looking for popular shrines, Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Buddhist temples are a must to visit. If you’re sick of buildings and want to take a breeze of air in the middle of nature, don’t hesitate and visit the famous Arashiyama bamboo forest.
Although this place takes 5 hours to reach from Tokyo, the time wasted is definitely worth it to visit such an astounding place like this! Nikko is a small town at the entrance to Nikko National Park, which is the home of Japan’s most lavishly decorated shrines. The shrines here are completely different than traditional Japanese architectural style, they are adorned and gilded excessively. You’ll feel as if you’re in a billionaire’s palace from the beautiful and unique sight. Nature lovers can also enjoy scenic mountainous landscapes, lakes, waterfalls, wild monkeys and many hiking trails that the national parks offer.
Nara was the first capital of Japan; therefore, it remains an interesting place to visit. It’s really close from Kyoto, and can be reached in less than an hour. People often go there to explore the Todaiji Temple, the oldest and the largest temple in Japan. Don’t be surprised if you saw a Sika deer roaming around, you can even buy them crackers and feed them.
It’s a relaxing seaside resort also called the Eastern Kyoto of Japan for the enormous number of temples it has. One day might not be enough for you to discover all the landmarks there. You can have a great experience laying down, sipping a cup of green tea, and enjoying the scenery of the fascinating rock garden. If you’re tired of roaming around and gazing at the temples, you can enter a culinary class and learn cooking traditional Japanese food.
These are only 2% of Japan’s most famous cities, but I wanted you to discover more cities by taking a plane ticket and head to Japan.