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Japan sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Magic Hour @ Fukuoka This is a magnificent country, a travel to which will leave many unforgettable memories. While describing numerous excursions and entertainment, it’s simply impossible to fail to mention Tokyo. In this wonderful city, shiny skyscrapers border with various museums, temples and memorials. Naturally, there are many modern entertainment complexes and parks in the capital of Japan.
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The Emperor’s Palace is an important historic and architectural sight of the capital. The palace is also known under the name Edo Castle. Elegant towers, heavy wooden doors and foss on the perimeter show how solid and impenetrable the building is. The Kokyo Palace, which was built in the 15th century, is located among beautiful parks. Once you observe spacious halls and corridors of the palace, take a walk in Kitanomaru Park to enjoy the view of centuries old trees and ancient statues.
There are more than thirty museums in the city, the most popular of which are Bridgestone Museum, Tenri Gallery, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Underground Museum, Kite Museum, Idemitsu Museum, and Ota Museum. These museums are mostly dedicated to collections of art and historic artefacts. However, in Tokyo there are more unusual museums, for example, the Museum of Spectacles, the Museum of Water Pipes, the Museum of Underground, the Museum of Bags and the Museum of Bicycles. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Many interesting places can be found in Tokyo suburbs. Travellers with kids will enjoy a visit to Tokyo Disneyland that was open in 1983 and looks close to the original amusement park in the United States. Fans of nature landmarks will fall in love with Nikko National Park, where they will find beautiful lakes, waterfalls, ancient temples and forests.
Sapporo at Night Yokohama is known as the most modern city in the country, but its main landmark is, however, a historic one. It’s Sankeien Garden, which has become home to numerous ancient wooden buildings, houses and temples that were brought to the park from different parts of the country. Fans of active rest will find much fun in Hakkeijima Sea Paradise. The complex includes an aqua park and a big Marine Museum. The city of Nara is rich in ancient temples. Many temples keep precious relics, and local museums exhibit collections of unique historic artefacts.
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Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks of Japan
♥   Prefectural Natural Park 'Akkeshi' . On the map   Photos
♥   Prefectural Natural Park 'Akune' . On the map   Photos
♥   Prefectural Natural Park 'Amo' . On the map   Photos
♥   Prefectural Natural Park 'Arimine' . On the map   Photos
♥   Prefectural Natural Park 'Asahi' . On the map   Photos
Map of all castles
Castles of Japan
♥   Castle 'Aoba Castle' Sendai. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Aya Castle' Aya. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Azuchi Castle' Azuchi. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Bitchu Matsuyama Castle' Takahashi. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Chibana Castle' Okinawa. On the map   Photos
Map of all palaces
Palaces in Japan
♥   Palace 'Heian Palace' Kyoto. On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Heijo Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Imperial Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Jurakudai' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Katsura Detached Palace' . On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Japan from our review series

Shirakawa-Go Town

From the series “Small flamboyant towns painted with Van Gogh colors”
Shirakawa-go is one of the few Japanese towns, which for hundreds of years has been maintaining its historic charm. This place is home to about 1 600 people; its area is ​​356 square km. The main feature of the town is its unique architecture. You can see small houses of local residents even today. Buildings are exactly the same as 200 years ago.

Shirakawa-go is one of the snowiest places in the country. The town is surrounded by mountains, so it is not easy to get there in the cold season. A significant portion of the local population throughout the history is engaged in agriculture. In summer, you can enjoy the extensive rice fields. In recent years, the old town is visited by many tourists, which has led to the development of tourism infrastructure. In total, the town embraces … Read all

Shirakawa-go Village

From the series “The most cozy towns full of Zen”
The best place to enjoy a relaxing retreat in Japan is the ancient village of Shirakawa-go. This remote village is situated in the mountainous area. The site is surrounded by soaring mountains that protect it from wind and other vagaries of nature. One of the main features of the ancient village are small houses of local residents with unique gabled roofs. This form of the roof is not accidental. In winter the valley is full of snow, and only the roof of this form can withstand the long-time snowfall.

Over the years, the village has being completely cut off from civilization in winter. Even now it's not easy to reach it in cold months. The old village has its unique national tradition. For hundreds of years, its inhabitants were engaged in cultivation of silkworms and producing fabrics. … Read all

Nara Dreamland

From the series “Deserted places causing the feeling of chill”
In Japan, there is an abandoned Nara Dreamland amusement park, which may also scare many tourists. The opening of the park took place in 1961. It has worked for a little over 30 years and was closed due to lack of funding. A walk in the park gives an impression that it went deserted overnight. All its rides have perfectly preserved after decades. You can find slot machines with toys and a lot of other equipment in old abandoned buildings.

The design of the amusement park is very similar to the California Disneyland. Today, some elements of its scenery look particularly daunting. During the years of desolation, the park destroyed slowly. Trees sprout in many of buildings, and attractions are covered with twine plants and grass. The park is characterized by a huge area. From the day of … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Japan

Tokyo
The Imperial Palace The Imperial Palace was built in 1590 during the reign of Ieyasu, the first shogun from the Tokugawa dynasty. For centuries, the palace was growing, steadily becoming the biggest palace in the world. The inner courtyard of the palace is open to the public only two days a year - on January 2, the New Year day, and on December 23, the birthday of the Emperor. Do not forget to pay attention to Nijibashi, a double stone arch bridge, which once was the main entrance to the … Read more
Osaka
Start your observation of the city with a visit to Osaka Castle, which construction started yet in 1583 and lasted three years. The highest tower of the castle can be seen from all parts of the city as its height estimates 58m. The central street of the city is called Tyuodori and this is the location of numerous restaurants and cafes, as well as several shopping centers and shops that sell amazing souvenirs. The meeting of the dawn on the main observation platform of the city located on the … Read more
Kyoto
Buddhism has made a crucial impact on the formation of the architectural style of the country. Even nowadays Buddhist temples amaze visitors by their unusual shape. Wood acted as the main material in the building. No other decorations were used in the building. Chinese and Korean masters managed to create true masterpieces from bricks of wood. Wood carving rich in details was the main decoration of such temples. In order to make it, masters had to work for many hours. In some temples all metal … Read more
Sapporo
Every year thousands of tourists try to visit Sapporo, because this place is distinguished by a large territory, wonderful climatic conditions, marvelous nature and well-developed sphere of supply and services. The city attracts visitors all year round; Sapporo always has something interesting to entertain its visitors. Late fall is the time for Festival of White Illumination. Winters are snowy here, so it’s a perfect time for snow sculpture festival. The spring brings in Festival of lilac, … Read more
Fukuoka
A protective wall, which reminds of the militant past, is surely one of main attractions of this place. The ruins of the wall are located in the western part of the city. The wall is made of huge blocks of stone and it has survived in many battles. The main reason for building this wall was in frequent raids of the Mongols to the ancient city. In the central district of the city named Hakata is the location of several old buildings, churches and squares. This part of the city is considered the … Read more
Hiroshima
You will need several days to inspect Asa Zoo. Even this time will be not enough and your examination will be too depthless. Ota Shukkeien Garden washed by the waters of the river and laid almost four centuries ago by Asano Nagakira will not leave anyone indifferent. Museum of Art exhibits immortal works by European and Japanese masters. Don’t forget to visit Peace Memorial Park – a place that reminds of the tragic fate of the city, eternal values, and of the fragility of our lives as … Read more

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