10 Best Japan Tourist Attractions 2019
Top attractions in Japan chosen by international travelers- Tripadvisor
10. Himeji Castle (Himeji)
Himeji Castle, a.k.a. White Egret Castle is the only Japanese castle which is designated to UNESCO World Heritage site.The castle is highly praised for the design and construction method. The castle has completed the major renovation in 2015, and now it appears with even better new look.
9. The Hakone Open-Air Museum (Kanagawa)
Hakone Open-Air Museum is located in the popular Onsen town, Hakone City. The museum is home to numbers of unique and impressive artworks by famous artists including Picasso, Henry Moore, Taro Okamoto and Yasuo Mizui, which are displayed in outdoor and indoor spaces.
8. Kinkakuji Temple (Kyoto)
Kinkakuji Temple is one of the most famous and iconic landmarks in Japan. Founded in 1397, the golden temple has been the symbol of Kyoto for hundreds of years.
7. Koyasan Okunoin (Wakayama)
Koyasan (Mt.Koya) was introduced by Kobo Daishi, Kukai as the sanctuary of Shingon Buddhism about 1,200 years ago. Okunoin is the site of the cemetery of Kukai and other 200 thousands of samurai, and serves as one of the most sacred places in Japan as well as a popular pilgrimage route. (official website: http://www.koyasan.or.jp/en/)
6. Kenrokuen Garden (Ishikawa)
Founded during Edo Period (1603–1868), Kenrokuen Garden is considered as one of Japan’s “three most beautiful landscape gardens” alongside Mito’s Kairakuen and Okayama’s Korakuen. The garden is also recommended to visit at night when light-up is held several times a year, especially for autumn leaves viewing and during winter when snowing.
5. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (Tokyo)
Although Shinjuku area is better known for its outrageous neon lights and chaoticness, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden manages to keep the peaceful and pleasant atmosphere with the beautiful nature. At the garden, various flowers and trees such as cherry, maple and gingko represent four beautiful seasons of Japan.
4. Todai-ji Temple (Nara)
Founded originally in the 8th century, Todaiji Temple is one of the oldest buildings existing in Japan today. The temple is best known for the world’s largest Buddha statue.
3. Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine) (Hiroshima)
The floating red torii gate is one of the most iconic sites in Japan. Miyajima is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Itsukushima Shrine, which is the most most spiritual and mystical shrine in Japan.
2. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (Hiroshima)
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is one of top visited tourist sites which is dedicated to the first city in the world to suffer from nuclear attack and to memories of victims for the history not to repeat. It’s one of most important historical monuments in the world.
1. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (Kyoto)
How glorious!! This is 5th time in a row for Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine to win the number one position!!
Kyoto has numbers of popular tourist attractions, but Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine fascinates the tourists most by the gorgeous numerous vermilion torii gates. It’s definitely worth visiting in your lifetime.
What did you think about the top 10 ranking?? It looks like the western Japan dominates the chart this time while only one spot in Tokyo has been ranked on top 10!! In case you are wondering which tourist attractions are from no. 30–11, here is the full list of Top 30 Attractions in Japan by International Travelers 2019.
8. Koyasan Okunoin (Koya Town, Wakayama)
11. Kenrokuen Garden (Kanazawa City, Ishikawa)
12. Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple (Narita City, Chiba)
13. Hase-dera Temple (Kamakura City, Kanagawa)
14. Nara Park (Nara City, Nara)
16. Shukkeien Garden (Hiroshima City, Hiroshima)
20. Mt Shosha Engyoji Temple (Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture)
23. Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley (Yakushima Town, Kagoshima)
26. Kyoto Station Building (Kyoto City, Kyoto)
28. Eikando Zenrinji Temple (Kyoto City, Kyoto)
29. Ritsurin Garden (Takamatsu City, Kagawa)
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