Sightseeing Spot Spots in Japan

  • Suimui Utaki
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    5163 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Shurikinjouchou 1-2 (within Shuri Castle Park)
    This place of worship is situated in front of the walls of Shuri Castle, and is one of 10 sacred sites within the castle. Existing since before the castle was erected, this holy site is said to have been around since the creation of the Ryukyu Kingdom, and its long history is evident in the several poems about Suimui Utaki present in the Omoro Soshi, the oldest compilation of Ryukyuan songs. The current structure was restored in December of 1997.

    Yes, the main buildings at Shurijo Castle have burnt down and there are efforts to clean the area up and start construction again. Although most buildings are no longer here, I feel the castle area...

  • Beppu Jigoku Meguri (Hot Springs Tour)
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    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kannawa 559-1
    For over a thousand years, the gasses, hot mud, and boiling waters erupting from beneath the area from Kanawa to Kamegawa have led it to being called the Jigoku (Hells) of Beppu. In 2009, four hot springs, Umi (Sea) Jigoku, Chinoike (Blood Pond) Jigoku, Tatsumaki Jigoku, and Shiraike (White Pond) Jigoku were designated as National Places of Scenic Beauty. Visiting these four hot springs in addition to three other famous ones is fun and enjoyable. In addition to hot spring eggs (slow boiled in hot spring waters), hell-themed souvenirs such as Chinoike ointment, and Enman no Yu (bath salts) are popular to take home and give to friends. A 15-minute drive by car from JR Beppu Station.

    If you are a first time visitor, you have to start your Beppu tour with the Hells of Beppu. There are seven in total, the first five are all within walking distance and the next two are 3km away...

  • Panoramic Flower Gardens Shikisai-no-oka
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    4.5
    902 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Kamikawagumbieichou Shinsei number 3
    Visitors to Shikisai-no-oka in the summer can enjoy the beautiful vistas of colorful flower fields, while in the winter they can experience standing in the midst of a vast expanse of snow. Besides the extensive flower gardens, farmers’ fields and Alpaca ranch, Shikisai-no-oka also has a farm guesthouse where visitors can stay. The farm shop sells vegetables grown locally, as well as other products sourced directly from local farmers. Shikisai-no-oka is located 25 minutes’ walk from JR Bibaushi Station.

    Furano is usually known for flower beds but I believe this area in Biei wont be behind in terms of beauty. I recommend buying cool sliced very sweet melons sold in the nearby show while enjoying...

  • Arashiyama
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Ukyo-ku Arashiyama
    One of Kyoto’s leading tourist attractions, this 381.5-meter-high mountain and its environs have been designated as a National Historic Place of Beauty. On the mountain are the Iwatayama Monkey Park and Horinji Temple. Widely known as a spot for seeing cherry blossoms and changing autumn leaves, the scenery combining the Katsuragawa River to Togetsukyo Bridge is often used as a motif on picture postcards and pamphlets. Popular activities include walking the “bamboo forest road” from Tenryuji Temple or going around temples or shrines, a railcar ride to Kameoka, of the “Hozugawa-kudari” (Hozugawa river boat ride) pleasure cruise ride down the river to Arashiyama.
  • Daisekirinzan
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    386 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunkunigamison Ginama 1241
    This is Japan’s only subtropical Karst topographical landform, created 200 million years ago by the corrosion of limestone by rain and other natural forces. It has been considered a holy site since ancient times, and four courses are available that introduce visitors to unusually shaped rocks, large rock formations, subtropical forest, and other natural scenery. There is also a barrier-free course for the elderly and children. Come enjoy the wondrous paradise formed by Nature’s own hand.

    Daisekirinzan is definitely worth a visit, especially if visiting Cape Hedo. Our phone guided us directly to the parking lot no issues and there was a huge parking spot. There is an entrance fee...

  • Wakkanai Port Northern Breakwater Dome
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    3.5
    349 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Kaiun 1
    This is a semi-arched dome acting as a breakwater in Wakkanai port. It was built over a period of five years beginning in 1931. The long archway, reminiscent of ancient Roman architecture, has a total length of 427 meters and 70 columns. As a seawall it is a unique looking structure and has been selected as a Hokkaido heritage site.

    The breakwater structure is massive in size and strength. You can climb the stairs next to it to look out over the sea. There are also dome artforms nearby to examine.

  • Ueno Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenomarunouchi 122-1
    "This castle site park sprawls in front of Uenoshi Station on the Iga Line. Iga Ueno Castle, the park's symbol, is notable for its high stone walls built by Warring States period commander Todo Takatora. Due to the beauty of the white, three-tiered fortress, it is also known as Hakuho (""White Chinese Phoenix"") Castle. The park also has a variety of facilities brimming with history, including the Ninja Museum of Igaryu, which is filled with tricks such as secret doors and revolving walls; the Haiseiden, a building whose design was inspired by the traditional travel garments worn by famed haiku poet Matsuo Basho; and the Basho Memorial Museum. The Ninja Museum of Igaryu notably holds demonstrations of Iga-ryu ninja techniques and is a fun destination for everyone from history fans to small children. The park has also been planted with seasonal flowers and is a renowned destination for cherry blossom viewing in particular. In April when the cherries are in bloom, many people come to the park to take in their beauty."
  • Ken and Marry Tree
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    3.5
    431 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Kamikawa-gun Biei-cho Okubo Kyosei
    “Ken and Marry Tree” shot to fame after being used as a backdrop in a Nissan Skyline TV commercial (Ken and Marry were the stage names of the actors who appeared in the commercial). This soaring poplar tree set amidst rolling hills is a magnificent sight.

    A tall tree that appeared in a commercial before, not worth visiting unless you run out of places to kill time..

  • Awaji Yumebutai
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    200 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Yumebutai 2
    This leisure complex is in Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture. Designed by the architect Tadao Ando, as a whole it forms a unique, dynamic Kaiyu style, Japanese style garden with a path around a central pond. It hosted the Japan Flora 2000 international flower, gardening and landscape exhibition. The elaborate gardens feature the Hyakudan-en, a hundred stepped flower bed where guests can enjoy seasonal flowers year-round. The lookout has a view of the grounds and Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park. They have three restaurants serving Japanese, Western, and Chinese cuisine, and two shops where you can purchase Awaji Island souvenirs. It's wheelchair accessible, pet friendly, and fun for the whole family.

    What a fabulous use of space. The flowers were gorgeous and the stairs that allow you to walk among them is such a great idea! Really worth walking around and listening to the water running down the...

  • Kinchakuda
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    182 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Hidakashi Komahongou 125-2 (purse field management office)
    A park shaped like a kinchaku (traditional purse/pouch) located on level ground and surrounded by the Koma River in Hidaka City, Saitama Prefecture. In autumn, the park explodes with the blossoms of some 5 million red spider lilies, their scarlet carpet creating a fantastical landscape. Situated amongst a forest of trees, such a vast amount of red spider lilies is found almost nowhere else in Japan. The Aiai Bridge provided for pedestrians to cross the Koma River is the longest wooden truss bridge in Japan.

    I made it a day trip to Saitama to see the 5 million spider lilies. It was also a festival from 14-28 Sep with food stalls etc. Unfortunately the flowers were late this year even though I went on 23...

  • Kushiro Tancho Japanese Crane Reserve
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    248 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Tsuruoka 112
    The purpose of the Kushiro Tancho Japanese Crane Reserve is protection and breeding for the Tancho Japanese crane located in the Kushiro City. The Tancho Japanese crane has been designated as a Special Natural Monument and about 20 Tancho Japanese cranes have been released in the reserve. You can see them up close in all seasons and all weather. This park is located ten minutes from Tancho Kushiro Airport by car.

    We visited this reserve as part of our tour of the island. I was really looking forward to seeing lots of cranes acting naturally in the wild. However we saw several pairs of cranes in separate...

  • Miharu Takizakura
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    172 Reviews
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    Fukushima Tamura-gun
    "This famous cherry tree is considered one of the three most beautiful in Japan. On October 12th, 1922, it was the first cherry tree in the country to be designated a National Natural Monument. 13.5 meters tall and 11.3 meters in root circumference, the huge red weeping cherry tree of Edo-higan cherry group is said to be over 1,000 years old. The tree's name literally translates as ""Three Spring Waterfall Cherry,"" a name it was given because the countless blossoms the tree blooms with in spring, sprouting from branches sprawling in all directions, look like a waterfall."

    The splendor of the giant ancient tree is truly mind-boggling. It is a wonderful sight and, without a doubt, it is the loveliest tree in the country - often mentioned as the number one tree. In...

  • Hill of Zerubu and Hill of Atoms
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    230 Reviews
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    Oozo, Biei-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido
    Open from late-April to early-October, visitors to Hill of Zerubu and Hill of Atoms can gaze over the nature of Mt Asahidake and the Tokachi Mountain Range while surrounded by beautiful fields of flowers. They’re located about a 50-minute drive on National Route 237 from the Asahikawa-Takasu Interchange on the Hokkaido Expressway. Alternatively, it’s a five-minute taxi or 35-minute walk from the JR Biei Station.

    Its free of charge and close to Biei center, offers some flower fields with less crowds than other famous places like Tomita farm and Shikiasai no Oka.

  • Kiso Sansen National Government Park Kiso Sansen Park Center
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    101 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Kaidushi Kaiduchouaburajima 255-3
    This park rich with nature is located in Kaizu City, Gifu Prefecture. There are flower beds to enjoy seasonal flowers from spring to autumn that add color to the grassy plaza. It has a 65-meter tall observation tower and the “Hall of Water and Horticulture” that introduces the climate and history of the area centered on the Kiso Sansen, or three rivers of Kiso (Kiso River, Nagara River and Ibi River) and their basin. In addition, there is an outdoor center complete with audio equipment that is used for various events such as live performances. The wheelchair rentals and many slopes make it accessible to visitors of all kinds. In the winter, the illumination displays light up the entire park with beautiful colors.

    The view from the tower is really beautiful, you get to see a lot of rice fields and nature. Furthermore is a nice place to take a walk and relax. I only visited the Kiso Sansen Park Center for...

  • Arakurayama Sengen Park
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    Yamanashi Pref. Fujiyoshidashi Arakura 3353-1
    Arakurayama Sengen Park is the best place to see Mt. Fuji from within Fujiyoshida City. Especially during the spring, when the Yoshino cherry blossom trees are in full bloom in the park, it’s a popular place to enjoy both the cherry blossoms and Mt. Fuji. Moreover, having been designated as one of the new three major night views in Japan and top 100 night views, it’s no wonder the park is hugely popular with night view fans.
  • Seven Stars Tree
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    3.5
    266 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Kamikawagumbieichou Hokuei number 3
    The “Patchwork Road” runs over the hills of Biei, with a beautiful patchwork of different-colored crops in the fields beside the road. The Seven Stars Tree stands on one of these rolling hills. The tree was given this name after a photo of it was used on Seven Stars cigarette packets in 1976; its rounded silhouette adds an extra touch of beauty to the peaceful scene.

    Many tourists stop by to take pictures of it. I dont think it is worth it unless you are visiting / finding the other trees.

  • 6th generation Dotonbori Glico Sign
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori
    The Ezaki Glico signboard is easily visible from Ebisubashi Bridge on the Dotonbori River in Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The sign is known nationwide as a symbol of Osaka and is a popular spot to take a photo. The first sign was established in 1935 and the current sign is the sixth one, renewed in October 2014. It lights up 30 minutes after sunset until mid-night altering the background and uses 140 thousand LED lights.
  • Akan International Crane Center 'Grus'
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    4.0
    144 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Akanchoukamiakan 23sen 40
    Established in 1996, this is the only center in Japan dedicated to the study of the ecology and life of the Japanese crane. The center houses displays depicting the body structure of a crane, the life of the crane, as well as lively images and videos of the crane. In front of the adjoining crane observatory is a feeding area. The center is located around 20 minutes by car from the Tancho Kushiro Airport.

    Theres an observation area next to a large field, where the migrating red crowned cranes land, eat, and mate. Easy to see these cranes, and photograph them. It was a great experience.

  • Takeo-jinja Shrine (The Great Takeo Camphor Tree)
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    4.5
    122 Reviews
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    Saga Pref. Takeoshi Takeochou Takeo 5327
    This towering camphor tree is on the grounds of Takeo-jinja Shrine in Saga Prefecture. Follow the small path from the main hall through the bamboo grove and you'll find it. The seventh largest tree in Japan, it's 30 meters tall, 20 meters in diameter, and the branches spread for over 30 meters. The trunk is hollow, and the inside covers about 20 square meters. It's said to be 3,000 years old, and it's paid special respect as the shrine's sacred tree. A Shinto god known as Tenjin is enshrined in the cavity.

    Visited Takeo onsen temple and came across this giant tree. Nothing too impressive honestly it just a tree. One would probably spend 5 minutes to take a photo before headed to another spot. Can omit...

  • Okurayama Jump Stadium
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    81 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Miyanomori 1274
    The Okurayama Jump Stadium hosted the Sapporo Winter Olympic in 1972 and many other international competitions. You can go to the viewing lounge in a two-person ski lift, and in five minutes see Sapporo City and the steep slope courses up close, which is quite fun. It is located about 30 minutes by car from Sapporo Station.

    I enjoyed the view from the top and the museum. Cost 1200y for combined ticket. Museum top floor has all English info the bottom floor is only in Japanese. Theres a direct bus from Maruyama Koen...

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