Himeji (姫路) is most famous for its magnificent castle, Himeji Castle, widely considered to be Japan's most beautiful surviving feudal castle. The castle is designated both a national treasure and a UNESCO world heritage site.
With half a million inhabitants, Himeji is the second largest city of Hyogo Prefecture after Kobe. It can be reached in less than one hour from Osaka or Kyoto and is also a popular stopover on journeys along the Sanyo Shinkansen.
Japan has many amazing man-made structures that have a rich history behind it. But Japan also holds some amazing structures and places that aren't the result of a person's hand, and are simply the result of nature.
Although many of these places have been altered slightly by human hands to make it accessible to visitors, the elements of nature can still be observed, and are a spectacular sight to behold!
Japan attracts almost thirty million visitors a year. Tokyo is a major draw and often tops a lot of people’s list of must-dos, but the capital city is not the only reason Japan is such a popular country to visit. Believe it; there’s a lot more to Japan than just Tokyo.
Kyoto is in the western part of Japan’s largest island, Honshu, and is located in a peaceful valley surrounded by mountains on three sides. Its origins go back to the 6thcentury; it has been a Buddhist center since the 8th century and is in many ways the intellectual heartland of Japan.
Besides cherry blossoms, there are many more beautiful flowers flourish during spring in Japan. Sakura Tulip Festa is the biggest Tulip festival around Tokyo, featuring over 600,000 colourful Tulip flowers.
Tokyo, formerly (until 1868) Edo, city and capital of Tokyo to (metropolis) and of Japan. It is located at the head of Tokyo Bay on the Pacific coast of central Honshu. It is the focus of the vast metropolitan area often called Greater Tokyo, the largest urban and industrial agglomeration in Japan.
No trip to Japan would be complete without visiting the capital city of Tokyo. As polite, respectful, and mild-mannered as the Japanese are, it can also be a fun and quirky culture.
Tokyo is definitely evidence of this. This huge city is full of light, color, and craziness all around contrasted by serious businessmen and women bustling on their way to work and serene ancient temples and shrines.
Mount Fuji (富士山, Fujisan) is with 3776 meters Japan's highest mountain.
It is not surprising that the nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been worshiped as a sacred mountain and experienced big popularity among artists and common people throughout the centuries.
Japan’s greatest ancient city, Kyoto is the most popular tourist destination in Japan. The city is located in the heart of western Japan along side of Osaka Prefecture.
With over 4,000 historical monuments such as temples and shrines and the charming streetscape of the old city, Kyoto attracts millions of visitors from in/outside of Japan in all year around.
Springtime in Japan is nothing less than magical. From late March to mid-April or even early May, the country's iconic sakura (cherry blossoms) capture the attention of visitors and locals as their beautiful pink flowers blanket the country in soft, colorful splendor.
Kyoto is one of many cities in Japan that makes time travel possible. During World War II, Kyoto was spared from the majority of the destruction and, as a result, has not only preserved its magnificent landmarks but also kept the savoir-faire and finesse of the Imperial era.
Despite the abundance of modern development, old parts of Kyoto still exude quintessential Japanese charm and age-old traditions. It is a perfect place to unwind and embrace the art of slow living.