Fushimi Inari was dedicated to the gods of rice and sake by the Hata family in the 8th century. As the role of agriculture diminished, deities were enrolled to ensure prosperity in business. Nowadays, the shrine is one of Japan’s most popular, and is the head shrine for some 40,000 Inari shrines scattered the length and breadth of the country.
The yakatabune cruisers that calmly float down the Sumida River, while taking in the sight of Tokyo’s downtown has been a refined way of pleasure since the Heian era (794-1185). It is popular as an excursion tour because you can see many famous sightseeing spots as you ride.
Japan’s most magnificent castle, Himeji-jō is one of only a handful of original castles remaining (most are modern concrete reconstructions). Its nickname Shirasagi-jō (‘White Egret Castle’) comes from its lustrous white plaster exterior and stately form on a hill above the plain. There’s a five-storey main keep (tenshū ) and three smaller keeps, and the entire structure is surrounded by moats and defensive walls punctuated with rectangular, circular and triangular openings for firing guns and shooting arrows.
4.Imperial Palace and the surrounding cherry blossoms
The Imperial Palace, the emperor’s resident, is one of the symbols of Japan as a country which is 2,000,000 square meters large in area. This peaceful space suddenly appears in the modern, busy area of Marunouchi near Tokyo Station.
The 250 meter long road full of souvenir shops leading from the Kaminarimon in Asakusa is called Nakamise. Nakamise is a temple city that has been around since the Edo period. Even today it’s still adorned with showy Japanese-style ornaments in each season, making you feel the vestiges of the old days. Some popular souvenirs are snacks called ningyo-yaki and age-manju. It’s recommended to walk around the temple grounds while enjoying the food.
Tokyo Skytree is a broadcasting tower which opened in 2012, that is taller than what is known as the landmark of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower. At the bottom of the tower is a shopping facility called Soramachi, which is full of fashionable shops and restaurants, so both tourists and local people alike enjoy visiting. If you go to the observation deck early in the morning, you can see Mt. Fuji.
7.Ashikaga Flower Park
Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi is one of the best places to view wisteria in Japan. Various flowers give miscellaneous colors to the park year-round and over 350 wisterias among them is main attraction from mid April to mid May. Including grand wisteria aged over 130 years or 80m-long tunnel of white flowers, there are varieties of feasts for they eyes. It is conveniently situated within 90 minutes distance by a car or a train from the metropolitan area, thus is crowded in a peak period. 13 minute-walk from JR Tomita station.
tsuta Shrine with over 1900 year history is the oldest landmark in Nagoya.About 20 hectors ground at the south of Nagoya station is covered with thick forest. Some camphor trees there are estimated over 1000 years old. This shrine is ranked next to the Ise Shrine and the architectures symbolizing their high-status is impressive. It’s a good place to enjoy pleasant walk at the center of the city.
9.Toyota Automobile Museum
If you are a fan of automobiles, you should visit Toyota Automobile Museum in Nagakute, about 50 minutes from Nagoya station by public transportation. This museum is themed at the history of automobile since its birth. About 160 vehicles from around the world and various ages are showcased together.
Opened on February 14th 1880, the land was loaned free of charge and is managed by Nara prefecture. The entire area is 502 hectares and the vicinity is dotted with some of Nara’s chief sightseeing spots like Kōfukuji, Todaiji, Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s Natural history museum etc. Nara’s great statue of Buddha and its deer (approximately 1100) have become internationally famous as Nara’s main attractions and it’s common to see students from outside the prefecture there on field trips.