Wonders not to be missed in Japan

A trip to Japan is a unique experience without being so “contaminated” by the pop culture anime, manga, video games, etc. It’s hard for me to make a list of wonders but I’ll try not to miss any.

Kyoto and Osaka

Kyoto and Osaka

Kyoto Tower

Kyoto Tower

KYOTO:

Was the capital of Japan for many centuries and the cradle of Japanese culture with over 1000 temples among which Kiyomizudera, the Golden Pavilion Kinkakuji, Sanjusangendo and Fushimi Inari became famous in the world for some scenes in the film Memoirs of a Gheisha which I recommend viewing.

Kyoto streets

Kyoto streets

Nara

Nara

NARA:

Located about 40 minutes from Kyoto, Nara is the ancient capital. There are many sites in Kyoto that are protected by UNESCO and this is one of them. Certainly the most famous is the whole of the great temple Todaiji. It’s had its current structure since 1709 but is about 30% smaller than the original, although it remains the largest wooden structure in the world. Inside is contained the statue of Daibutsu that is a representation of Buddha 15 meters high!

Nara

Nara

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

OSAKA:

Osaka is Japan’s second city. In the eternal struggle for economic supremacy in Tokyo is a city of many facets. Osaka is much more like an Italian city compared to other cities of Japan. The people of Osaka speak Japanese in a more free range, are very friendly and expansive in contrast to the Japanese in Tokyo. As evidence of this for example you will realize that while on the subway in Tokyo there is absolute silence in Osaka! Be sure to visit the heart of the city or Namba where everything is open at any time. Osaka is also a city where you can eat very well and full of specialties!

Osaka Skyline

Osaka Skyline

NIKKO:

Nikko is a city located in an exposed mountain range about 150 kilometers north of Tokyo. Naturalistically speaking it’s best in spring and autumn but it is still a pearl in the winter months when there are very high chances that it is covered in snow! Principal attractions are the temple Rinnoji, the Toshu-Gu where the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu the most important and influential Japanese historical figure. A must visit is the lake Chuzenji and Kegon with beautiful waterfalls.

Nikko

Nikko

TOKYO:

Tokyo offers many opportunities both from a culinary perspective and from the point of view of culture with its numerous museums and meetings. Tokyo consists of 23 special wards within which there are some real air issues. You can pick to buy electronics, manga, anime and much more in Akihabara, luxury shopping in Ginza, calarvi pop culture and fashion in Shibuya and Harajuku or soak in the atmosphere of “Shita machi”, in a broad sense the old city although the concept of old in Tokyo is very questionable.

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo is for all budgets so do not be afraid! From Tokyo we also advice you to move to the city of Kamakura, a beautiful town about an hour by train from Tokyo and do not forget to go to see Mount Fuji reached in a couple of hours from Shinjuku station. To experience perfectly the beauty of the place I would recommend heading to the town of Kawaguchiko.

Japan photos: apple94, cerdsp, Daniel Vinuesa, Mattijs, Meg Cheah, yohanes budiyanto, Paco Alcantara, momoyama, Active-U.

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