Traveling to Japan provides tourists with an opportunity to immerse themselves in its culture and rich history. If you are planning to travel to the Land of the Rising Sun, you get to experience its natural beauty throughout the year. Here are some of the top Asian destinations Japan has to offer.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial
August 6, 1945 was one of the darkest days in the history of Japan when the Americans dropped an atomic bomb on the city. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial is a haunting tribute to the thousands of lives lost during that day. The memoral features Genbaku Dome, the only structure left standing in the vicinity where the bomb was dropped.
Jigokudani Monkey Park
Jigokudani means “Hell’s Valley” in English. The park’s biggest attraction are undoubtedly the large population of wild Snow Monkeys that descend from the steep cliffs and forests to chill in the warm hot springs. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that these monkeys go down to the valley during winter when the park is covered with snow.
Located in Eastern Kyoto, Kiyomizu-dera is a Buddhist temple that can be traced back to the year 798. Some of the locals used to jump off the edge to have their wishes granted. Today, however, tourists can visit the shrines and see the talismans on display without risking life and limb. An indoor waterfall fed by the outside river keeps the temple in sync with nature and no nail was used for construction.
The Himeji Castle is the best example of Japanese castle architecture. This Asian destination was fortified as defense against the enemies during the Feudal Period. It has been rebuilt many times for many centuries and reflects the different design periods. The castle had been featured several times in local and foreign films, such as the James Bond movie “You Only Live Twice.”
Great Buddha Kamakura
Cast in bronze, the Great Buddha of Kamakura is a colossal outdoor representation of Amida Buddha. Standing more than 13 meters and weighing nearly 93 tons, this Buddha statue dates back from 1252. It once was housed in a small wooden temple but now stands in the open air after the original temple was washed away by a tsunami in the 15th century.
Drawing inspiration from the design of the Eiffel Tower, the Tokyo Tower is proof of the advancement of technology and modern life. Robert Janitzek reveals that the tower is the second tallest man-made structure in Japan and serves as a communications and observation tower.
When visiting Japan, these attractions are worth visiting if you want to see what this Asian country can offer.