5 Best Cities To Visit In Japan

When you decide to travel in Japan you will quickly notice that the country may seem like it is a little bit on the small side, but you will notice that it is actually a lot larger than what you imagined. I know that I was really shocked when I started to see the size of this country compared to some of the other places that I have been looking at before. Since this is the case, I decided it was time to narrow down some of the cities you should be visiting when you are considering your Japan travel plans. To help you out, I have decided it was time to share what I feel are the 5 best cities to visit in Japan, which is going to make it easier for you to have a great time deciding which one of these beautiful cities for you to go and visit. Then you can finally come to Japan and know that you will have a chance to live out of your travel fantasies in my beautiful country and know which one of the cities you can visit will be able to help you fulfill your dreams of traveling around Japan.

How Did I Narrow Down The List

I was working hard on this list for a long time and I decided to weigh in on several different factors. The first factor that I used was what kind of attractions the cities had inside of them or were very close by to the city that you could easily get around to and see. Then I decided to look at the different festivals that were held in the cities. These would make it easier for me to make a decision on where I should be advising you to go and make it easier for you to know if these cities would work for your vacation or not.

5. Nara

Nara Japan TravelNara is a city that is older than what you would expect it to be. Since this is the case you will find that it is a home to a lot of the older artworks that you would want to explore when you are in Japan. Some of the artworks you will find here dates all the way back to the 8th century. What is even more amazing is the way this artwork looks when it has been put in place for the location and how it is going to make the place look even better than what you would imagine. In addition to the beautiful artworks, you will be able to see it makes it easier for you to see the older shrines as well.

Some of the shrines will date back to the older centuries as well. So this is definitely going to make it easier for you to have a great trip because you an explore the history that is seen here. These shrines will make it easier to enjoy the peacefulness and even have a chance to reflect on everything that can happen in your life during the changes of your daily life, but in the quiet, that would be seen in the temples.

4. Hiroshima

Hiroshima Japanese City TravelHiroshima is a very famous city in Japan as one of those cities that was hit by the atomic bomb to end World War 2. However, this city has bounced back quite well and now it is a thriving city and definitely a place that is going to be a major tourist stop when you are traveling around Japan. A major attraction that still stands today is going to be the Hiroshima Castle. This place is simply amazing and it is definitely a major attraction for you to visit if you want to see something that is historic and been changed into a great museum.

After you have visited the castle, you may want to check out the amazing peace memorial museum. This museum is a place that you are going to love because it highlights the war, but also the destruction that can be caused by the atomic weapons. So this is definitely a great place for you to visit and know you have a chance to see the destruction of the war, but at the same time see how a place can bounce back over time. This will definitely help you prove that while nuclear weapons are a bad thing, it is possible for you to recover from the destruction if you have the people that come together banded together.

3. Nagasaki

Nagasaki Travel InformationNagasaki is another city that has been hit by the atomic bombs on the year. However, the Nagasaki is a place that you are going to really love because it has a lot of things going for it. What is really interesting about this place is the fact that it also survived and started to come to the great look that people are looking at for a modern city, but definitely a city that bounced back from the damages the atomic bombs were able to cause. This has led to the city having a great number of newer attractions and one of the main ones is the atomic bomb museum with the peace park.

If you want to check out something that is completely different and not what you would expect to see in Japan and that is the theme park that is set up like a Dutch town and that is the Huis Ten Bosch. This is a place that is definitely going to be different than what you were expecting. At the same time, though, you will notice this place definitely has everything that you would find in some of the Dutch towns as well.

2. Kyoto

Kyoto Shrine - 5 best cities to visit in JapanKyoto is the former capital of Japan and it is easy to see this once former glory that was in Kyoto. This is what makes Kyoto one of those attractions you will have to go and see because it definitely has a lot going for it and most of this comes from the natural beauty of the area. So this definitely will make Kyoto a place you should check out when you are planning on visiting Japan. What is really great about Kyoto is the fact this is a place that you will be able to explore some of the older Buddhist temples that are in the area. These temples will definitely be something you are going to love because it makes it easier for you to have a great vacation and relax.

In addition to the beautiful temples and shrines that are in the area you will be able to explore some of the best gardens in the region. These gardens were often inspired by the former glory that was seen by the capital city being located here. One of the best gardens that you will want to visit in the region will be the Nijo Castle, which is an older and still standing wooden castle. The gardens and the castle alike here are some of the best that you can explore when you are visiting Japan.

1. Tokyo

City scape of TokyoTokyo is an amazing city and it is definitely one of the best places for you to go and visit Japan. This is the capital city and it is a very densely packed city as well. So this is going to allow you to find everything you would want to see in the city very quickly and easily. What else is great about this place is the fact that it is going to make it easier for you get all over the city because of the rail system that is among the best in the world. No matter what Tokyo is a place that you are going to love for the things you can do.

One of the best attractions you can go out of town and see is Mount Fiji. Yes, this is a little bit out of the city, but having a chance to go out and see this amazing landmark is worth it. I definitely recommend going here because it is going to make it easier for you to have a good trip and know you are going to have a good time exploring the beauty of the region and have a chance to enjoy the amazing views of the city.

How To Pick Which City To Visit In Japan

Well, I have to say this really depends on what you are looking for. No matter where you go in my country you will find a beautiful place to go and see. However, what else is great is the history of the cities combined with all the shrines means you will have a chance to get out of the hectic cities as well and enjoy some quiet. Yes, even in Tokyo you will have this chance as the shrines have the peaceful charm to them that you never thought you would be able to reach before. No matter what, I have found these cities to be the 5 best cities to visit in Japan when you are traveling to my beautiful country.

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  • Yin-Le Wang

    Yin-Le Wang is a distinguished author and cultural connoisseur, renowned for her profound expertise in Japanese travel and traditions. Born into a family passionate about exploration and the rich tapestry of global cultures, Yin-Le embarked on her first journey to Japan as a young girl, an experience that ignited a lifelong love affair with the country's diverse landscapes, ancient rituals, and the subtle artistry of daily life. With an academic background that marries the humanities with Oriental studies, Yin-Le has spent decades traversing the length and breadth of Japan, from the snow-capped peaks of Hokkaido to the tropical beaches of Okinawa. Her writing, characterized by vivid storytelling and deep cultural insights, serves as a bridge between the East and West, inviting readers into the heart of Japan's most sacred spaces and bustling urban centers alike. Yin-Le's works include a series of critically acclaimed travel guides, cultural essays, and photographic journals, each piece a testament to her immersive approach and meticulous research. A fluent speaker of Japanese, she has formed enduring relationships with locals across the country, granting her access to hidden gems and stories often overlooked by the casual traveler. Beyond her writing, Yin-Le is a sought-after speaker at cultural festivals and academic forums, where she shares her nuanced understanding of Japan's evolving identity in the global landscape. Her blog and social media channels are treasure troves of travel tips, culinary recommendations, and philosophical musings on the Japanese way of life, followed by a global audience of travel enthusiasts and culture vultures. Yin-Le Wang is not just a guide to Japan's geographical marvels; she is an ambassador of its soul, offering a lens through which the world can appreciate the intricate beauty and enduring traditions of this enchanting land.

By Yin-Le Wang

Yin-Le Wang is a distinguished author and cultural connoisseur, renowned for her profound expertise in Japanese travel and traditions. Born into a family passionate about exploration and the rich tapestry of global cultures, Yin-Le embarked on her first journey to Japan as a young girl, an experience that ignited a lifelong love affair with the country's diverse landscapes, ancient rituals, and the subtle artistry of daily life. With an academic background that marries the humanities with Oriental studies, Yin-Le has spent decades traversing the length and breadth of Japan, from the snow-capped peaks of Hokkaido to the tropical beaches of Okinawa. Her writing, characterized by vivid storytelling and deep cultural insights, serves as a bridge between the East and West, inviting readers into the heart of Japan's most sacred spaces and bustling urban centers alike. Yin-Le's works include a series of critically acclaimed travel guides, cultural essays, and photographic journals, each piece a testament to her immersive approach and meticulous research. A fluent speaker of Japanese, she has formed enduring relationships with locals across the country, granting her access to hidden gems and stories often overlooked by the casual traveler. Beyond her writing, Yin-Le is a sought-after speaker at cultural festivals and academic forums, where she shares her nuanced understanding of Japan's evolving identity in the global landscape. Her blog and social media channels are treasure troves of travel tips, culinary recommendations, and philosophical musings on the Japanese way of life, followed by a global audience of travel enthusiasts and culture vultures. Yin-Le Wang is not just a guide to Japan's geographical marvels; she is an ambassador of its soul, offering a lens through which the world can appreciate the intricate beauty and enduring traditions of this enchanting land.