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This is a photo guide on for some of the best places in Japan to see and do which will help you plan your trip to Japan.

You have the large modern sci-fi cities like Tokyo and the old cultural ones such as Kyoto.

Then there is the cultural traditions with onsen (hot spring) bathing, matsuri (festivals), sumo, and more.

The nature is outstanding in the Japanese alps and the offbeat small islands to visit.

Being a highly volcanic country there are looming volcanoes everywhere and famous mountains like Mount Fuji.

Japan is an extremely photogenic country and a photographers perfect destination.

Naturally this doesn’t cover everything in Japan as there is so much to see and things to do.

But most visitors will come for 1-3 weeks and this is what is best recommended for that time to get the best out of your trip.

Here are some of the most beautiful and interesting places to see in Japan.

 


 

The Best Places in Japan

 


 

Best places in Japan – Kyoto

 

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Kyoto is the cultural capital of Japan. It wasn’t bombed during World War 2 like many other Japanese cities so all of its temples and shrines are original and historic.

If there was one city to visit in Japan for culture then this is it. The whole region of Kansai is a temple hunters paradise.

 

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Temple in Kyoto at sunset.

 

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A bamboo grove in Kyoto.

 


 

Best Places in Japan – Rishiri Island (For an Offbeat Experience in Hokkaido

 

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Cherry blossom season on Rishiri Island.

 

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Mount Rishiri.

 

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Sunset over Mount Rishiri.

 


 

Best Places in Japan – Koyasan

 

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Koyasan is home to the largest graveyard in Japan.

 

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Best Places in Japan – Japanese Castles

 

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Kumamoto Castle.

 

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Matsuyama Castle.

 

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Osaka Castle.

 

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Best Places in Japan – Nara

 

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Nara is one of the cultural capitals of Japan.

 

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Best Places in Japan – Temples and Shrines

 

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Temple on Mount Koya.

 

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Best Places in Japan – Onsens (Hot Springs)

 

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Dogo onsen in Matsuyama.

 

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Best Offbeat Experiences in Japan – Small Train Journey in Kyushu

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One of the most beautiful and fun train journeys in Japan.

 

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Best Places in Japan 

 

So that gives you just some idea of the things that can be seen in Japan.

If you’re interested in travelling to Japan but worried about the cost then read this post on how you can travel Japan cheaply.

 

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