The best sights to see in Japan

Japans long periods of isolation from the rest of the world and its unique culture can make a Westerner fell like their on another planet. Japan is home to some of the world’s most spectacular natural and manmade sights.

Here are some of the best sights to see when travelling, or emigrating, to Japan:

Mount Fuji

This is one of Japans most famous landmarks and you can frequently find thousands of tourists climbing its slopes. The Japanese regard Fuji as one of their three holy mountains. The mountain is in fact an active volcano it last erupted in the 1700s. A well-known Japanese saying suggests that anybody would be a fool not to climb Mount Fuji once, but a fool to do so twice. Many thrill seekers come to the mountain to partake in mountain climbing, and paragliding. The best time to climb the mountain is July/August with the best time to view the mountain is in the winter.

Akihabara

This district of the capital Tokyo is quite simply a geek’s heaven on earth. The district is home to countless shops that deal in every manner of fan boy products. Videogames, TV, Manga and electronics and technology lovers will never want to leave. Many of the stores are several stories high and crammed with products. This is the best place to go to see and experience the modern aspect of Japan, and truly feel as though you are on another planet or been flung into a neon future.

Kamakura

Is a small city in the East of Japans main island and is a very popular tourist destination. It’s most famous site is the bronze statue of the Buddha. The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 13.35 meters, it is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara’s Todaiji Temple. The statue was cast in 1252 and originally located inside a large temple hall. However, the temple buildings were destroyed multiple times by typhoons and a tidal wave in the 14th and 15th centuries. So, since 1495, the Buddha has been standing in the open air.

Himeji Castle

This castle is the most visited and largest castle in the whole of Japan. In 1993 it became Japan’s first UNESCO world heritage site and its home to 100 national treasures. Along with Matsumoto Castle and Kumamoto castle it is considered one of the three top castles in the country. In 1871 the government planned on demolishing the castle but it was saved by an army officer who campaigned strongly against the plans. It survived world war two despite the surrounding area being devastated by incendiary bombs. One even landed on the castles top floor but luckily did not detonate. For a glimpse into Japans past and the glory days of the Samurai, Himeji castle cannot be beat.

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