Traveling in Japan

Great floating gate (O-Torii) on Miyajima islandIf you are looking for the best (and worst) places to visit in Japan, look no further.  Japan has some of the most spectacular sites and scenery in the world.  However, some places are overhyped and virtually a waste of time.  Learn the truth about which places are worth going to and which ones you should avoid.

 

Travel Guides

The Complete Japan Travel Guide

Japan on a Budget:  The Complete Guide to Cheap Travel in Japan

The Best Time to Visit Japan

 

Lists

9 Mistakes Foreigners to Japan Make and How to Avoid Them

Top 3 Spots for Viewing Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

The 10 Best Onsen in Japan

Top 10 Japanese Castles You Need to See

10 Free Things to Do in Tokyo

The Top 10 Festivals in Japan

10 Crazy and Unique Museums in Japan

5 Reasons Why You’ll Love Staying at a Ryokan

3 Theme Parks in Japan That Will Blow Your Mind

10 Reasons You Should Travel to Hokkaido

6 Mind-Blowing Winter Illuminations in Japan

The 10 Best Waterparks in Japan

 

By Area

Tokyo

Akihabara

Shibuya

Shinjuku

Ginza

Tsukiji Fish Market

Odaiba

Ueno Park

Ikebukuro

Sensoji Temple

Tokyo Skytree and Solamachi

Tokyo Station

Imperial Palace Gardens

Watching Sumo in Tokyo

Tokyo Baseball Games

 

Osaka

Osaka Castle

Kaiyukan – Osaka Aquarium

Universal Studios Japan

Abeno Harukas Skyscraper & Shopping

 

Kyoto

Gion

Ginkakuji:  The “Silver” Pavilion

Nijo Castle

Monkey Park Iwatayama

Ōkōchi Sansō Garden

Kinkakuji:  The Golden Pavilion

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Kiyomizudera Temple

Nishiki Market

 

Matsuyama

Matsuyama 

 

Nara

Nara National Museum

Naramachi “Monkey” Museum

 

Kamakura

Hase Temple (Hase-Dera)

Kamakura Hiking Trail

Shokozan Tokeiji Temple:  The “Divorce Temple”

 

Chiba

Tokyo Disneyland

 

Hiroshima

Miyajima Island (Itsukushima)

 

Nagasaki

Things to Do in Nagasaki: The Atomic Bomb and Beyond

Nagasaki Chinatown and Temples

Nagasaki Churches, Monuments, & World Culture

 

Hokkaido

Things to Do in Sapporo: Winter Guide

What to do in Sapporo: A Year-Round Guide

Niseko

Sapporo Day Trips

Asahikawa

Kushiro

 

Mount Fuji

Climbing Mt. Fuji

 

Nagano

Jigokudani – Snow Money Park (Monkey Onsen)

Yudanaka and Shibu Onsen

 

Nagasaki

Things to Do in Nagasaki (Atomic Bomb Museum, Peace Park, Gunkanji Mount Inasa, Penguin Museum)

 

Shikoku

Shikoku Pilgrimage: 88 Temples to Enlightenment

 

Shimonoseki

Karato Ichiba – The Best Sushi in Japan

 

Tochigi

Nikko

 

Wakayama

Koyasan

 

Yamanashi

Lake Kawaguchi

 

By RatingOkunoin Cemetery At Mount Koya

Must Visit

Miyajima Island (Itsukushima)

Gion

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Kiyomizudera Temple

Tsukiji Fish Market

Odaiba

Sensoji Temple

Koyasan

Watching Sumo in Tokyo

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Park

 

Recommended

Akihabara

Shibuya

Shinjuku

Ginza

Ueno Park

Kinkakuji:  The Golden Pavilion

Ginkakuji:  The “Silver” Pavilion

Monkey Park Iwatayama

Nijo Castle

Kaiyukan – Osaka Aquarium

Jigokudani – Snow Money Park (Monkey Onsen)

Yudanaka and Shibu Onsen

Karato Ichiba – The Best Sushi in Japan

Hase Temple (Hase-Dera)

Kamakura Hiking Trail

Shokozan Tokeiji Temple:  The “Divorce Temple”

Ikebukuro

Tokyo Skytree and Solamachi

Tokyo Station

Shikoku Pilgrimage: 88 Temples to Enlightenment

Matsuyama

Imperial Palace Gardens

Universal Studios Japan

Nikko

Tokyo Baseball Games

Sapporo in Winter

Sapporo Year-Round

Niseko

Sapporo Day Trips

Asahikawa

Kushiro

Mount Fuji

Lake Kawaguchi

Nagasaki Chinatown and Temples

Nishiki Market

Nagasaki Churches & Monuments

 

Okay – Visit if You Have Time

Tokyo Disneyland

Nara National Museum

Naramachi “Monkey” Museum

Ōkōchi Sansō Garden

Abeno Harukas Skyscraper & Shopping

 

Avoid

Osaka Castle

 

Accommodations in Japan

The 10 Best Hotels in Kyoto You Have to See

The 10 Best Hostels in Kyoto That’s Worth Every Cent

The Best Hotels Near Universal Studios Japan

The Best Cheap Hotels in Shinjuku

The 7 Best Hotels for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Best Hotels Near Akihabara Station

 

Hotel Reviews/Write-Ups

J-Hoppers Kyoto Review: Is it Worth It?

K’s House Kyoto Review

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