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

from Yoriki-cho, Osaka 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.
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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History and Entertainment

The first country at the site of modern Japan is mentioned in the Chronicles of Hanshu dating back to the 3rd century BC. At that time, the country was called Wa. In the 6th century AD, Buddhism started to be preached in the country, exactly at that period, the first centralized state was formed. Already in the 8th century, in the islands, there was a powerful and rapidly developing country, the capital of which was Heizei-kyo. The country borrowed many religious and cultural aspects from neighboring China.
The first centuries of its existence were full of multiple internecine wars. In the 13th century, the country saw the Mongolian invasion. The turning points in the history of the country were the events taking place in 1543. At that time, Portuguese navigators first reached the Japanese coasts. By the middle of the 16th century, Japan started to establish trade relations with many other European countries, which facilitated its rapid development. Japan is one of a few countries that have been maintaining its independence for almost all years of its existence.
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It is interesting to vacation in Japan in any season. On its territory, there are popular and famous beaches, famous ski resorts and several upscale wellness resorts. Some of the most landscaped and most beautiful beaches are located in Okinawa. In the city, there are also multiple water parks, an oceanarium and a dolphinarium. In Okinawa, there is a large thalassotherapy center where you can have different types of massage as an important component of your health recreation.
St. Marys Cathedral, Tokyo The most popular resorts for winter recreation is Sapporo and Niseko. They are distinguished by a high level of the routes and a wide variety of hotels. At these resorts, there are excellent conditions for skiing and snowboarding. You can also visit here several thermal springs. The majority of winter resorts are suitable for family holiday. There are ski schools not only for adults, but also for kids.
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During the year, over 200 holidays are celebrated in Japan. Most of them are connected with old religious traditions. Each region of the country has its unique festive traditions. One of the most interesting and beautiful holidays is the Cherry Blossom Festival. It starts to be celebrated in the middle of March. In Japan, cherry blossoms stop blooming in the middle of April.
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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Japan

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

Kanagawa Institute of Technology

From the series “Glass Architecture - Impressive Villas and Buildings from Glass”
In Tokyo in a student quarter, you can see an unusual glass building. It is a campus of the Kanagawa Institute of Technology. Junya Ishigami has graduated from the institute and became an author of this building. He with a help of modern architects brought to life this unique project. This building in Tokyo is one of the most transparent in the world.

The unique building has only one room in 2 000 square meters. The basis of the building is made from the white metal columns. The architect got BSI Swiss Architectural Award for this glass building. The university campus has a number of peculiarities. The main is a variety of plants, which decorate the institute inside. The hall has a lot of large pots with different flowers and adornment plants. The room also has some areas with a roofed … Read all

Aira Volcano

From the series “Sleeping Super-Volcanoes Capable of Destroying Whole Regions”
Kyushu Island has a huge Aira Volcano. Its length is 23 kilometres and 17 kilometres width. According to the scientists’ research, this caldera has appeared about 22 000 years ago after a tremendous volcano explosion. Even now the volcano is quite dangerous for the planet. On the territory of the caldera is placed Kagoshima town, not far from it you can see a young active composite Sakurajimais volcano.

It was formed 13 000 years ago and now is one of the most active Japanese volcanoes. Its last eruption was in 1914. Before it, an earthquake series came to the region. It has been erupted for several months and has drastically changed the surrounding landscapes. The erupted lava made up a new Sakurajimais peninsula. About 1 000 years the volcano erupted regularly and, in such way, … Read all

Pyramids of Yonaguni

From the series “15 Historical Monuments, with Riddles not yet Solved”
Pyramids of Yonaguni is another mysterious place in the world. They were discovered near the so-named Japanese island. Its area is about 28 square kilometers, also it has a resident number of population – about 2 000 people. For years this small island was attractive for divers, and fans of beach vacation. In 1980s the group of divers have discovered the complex of drowned rock terraces.

Near them have placed the stone acute-angled pyramids. Some specialists suppose that saved fragments belong to the ancient city, which went under the water. However, we still don’t know the original aim of this construction. Even more, we don’t know who build it. The stone terraces and pyramids are about several thousand years old. They adore with their geometric shapes accuracy and firm structure. … 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
Don't ignore the National Museum of Arts that occupies a no less original building. It was designed and constructed especially for the 1970 International Exhibition. Seven years later, it was decided to open a museum within its walls. Today, the museum's collection includes more than 5,000 works of art, including unique paintings by Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, and Vasily Kandinsky. In the same year, the National Museum of Ethnology received its first visitors. The museum has always been … Read more
Kyoto
Another unique attraction is the Railway Station of Kyoto. A walk along it will be interesting even for those who do not plan to travel by train. The building of the station was restored quite recently and is a spectacular monument in a futuristic style. Inside the building, a lot of interesting things await tourists. There are shops and cafes, including very interesting souvenir shops. In the building of the station, there are also beautiful recreation areas with exotic plants everywhere. … Read more
Sapporo
A stroll through Sapporo Art Park may turn into a fascinating excursion. This park is situated in Minami-ku district. The formation of Sapporo Art Park started in 1986 and is still in progress. It covers an area of more than 40 hectares and is actually an open-air museum. It presents more than 73 sculptures created by Japanese craftsmen and foreign ones. The collection of the park is constantly increasing. Concerts and master classes devoted to various contemporary art forms are often held on … 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
In the city, there are a lot of beautiful gardens, some of which have a status of historical attractions too. The excellent example is the wonderful Shukkei-en garden that was grown in the first half of the 17th century. After the atomic bomb explosion, the garden was literally washed away. It was restored completely only in 1951. Today, the main value of the garden is a big pond with ten artificial islands. On its shores, there are several traditional tea houses. When walking through the … Read more

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