Japan is one of my favorite countries that I’ve visited so far. I’ve taken two separate trips here and hope to visit again sometime in the future. If you’ve never been to Japan, you may be wondering where the best places to visit are. There are many great cities and towns in this beautiful country. Today I’m going to share with you the 3 Japanese cities I love (and you will too!) You may find yourself booking a trip very soon.
Kyoto is my absolute favorite city in Japan. It’s full of rich culture, history, and beautiful scenery – no matter where you go. I love that Kyoto is a city, but it’s known for its many gardens. Some of my favorite days spent in Japan involve me sitting in a gorgeous and relaxing garden space. Most travelers love the many attractions and activities that can be enjoyed here and the natural views. It’s no wonder why so many visitors come here each year.
Here are some wonderful sights that you can’t miss when visiting Kyoto:
Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) – The Golden Pavilion is a must-see attraction in Kyoto. This Buddist temple truly impresses with its gorgeous colors that reflect in the pond below.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine – This gorgeous shrine is impressive and has a trail that leads up to a mountain. When visiting this shrine, look out for foxes, which are represented in many ways.
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove – This forest is full of bamboo and it really is a sight to see. This makes for the perfect hiking adventure. You can even check out adorable monkeys in the attached monkey park!
Heian Shrine Garden – One of my favorite gardens in all of Japan is the Heian Shrine Garden. It’s gorgeous and relaxing. You can easily spend a couple of hours here. I love the stepping stones located here. (Fun fact: This movie was featured in the movie Lost in Translation).
Yet another city to love is Osaka. Located nearby Kyoto, it’s a Japanese city that is known for its delicious food. The most famous dishes include Okonomiyaki, a pancake-like meal full of different meats andTakoyaki, fried octopus fritters. Osaka is situated along the Yodo River and has a lot of attractions that are waiting to be seen.
Here are some fun things to do while in Osaka:
Dotonbori – Along the Dotonbori Canal, you’ll find many restaurants. This is where many visitors choose to eat while visiting Osaka. You can try a variety of delicious Japanese foods here.
Osaka Castle – Known as one of the most popular attractions, Osaka Castle is stunning. You can tour the interior of the castle and also check out the inside museum.
Universal Studios Japan – If you’re an amusement park lover and always wanted to check out an amusement park in another country, Universal Studios Japan offers a lot! Enjoy rides, special shows, and shopping here.
Finally, there’s the big and impressive city known as Tokyo! Some argue that it’s the greatest city in the world. There’s always something to do and see here. It has fast and easy-to-use transportation, is nearby many other cities and towns and has many different districts to explore.
Here’s what you don’t want to miss when visiting Tokyo:
Tokyo Tower – You’ve probably seen photos of Tokyo Tower, but it’s worth a look in person! At the base of the tower, you can enjoy several restaurants, museums, and an overlook area.
Ginza District – If you’re looking to do some upscale shopping, this is the area to visit. Ginza is lined with shops.
Ueno Park – This gorgeous public park area is a popular place to visit. This is the perfect place to check out if you happen to be visiting during spring because the Cherry Blossoms look spectacular.
If you’re looking to have your own Japan adventure, a tour can be a great way to explore different areas. This vacation package to Tokyo Japan does just that. You get to explore all 3 of the above cities through a 7-day vacation. It includes airfare out of select cities and accommodation as well. This package is being offered by Pacific Holidays and the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB).
After you book this trip, you’ll wonder why you didn’t visit Japan sooner. I hope you enjoy Japan just as much as I do!