Aside from the promising view of high-tech and traditional places, good food, and interesting products, Japan is known to be a safe country for tourists to visit. Hence, a lot of travelers are keep coming here despite the language barrier and the high cost of living. And to name a few of the beautiful spots, here are my recommendations from my spontaneous trip to “The Land of the Rising Sun”.
Areas to Visit in Osaka
Location: Chuo-ku, Dotombori, Chuo, Osaka
Dotonbori area is a popular destination notable for its colorful lights, huge signages, and massive options of bars and restaurants. This is also a good place to buy an authentic takoyaki and Osaka’s famous cheesecake. You just have to be patient with the long queue lines.
Universal Studios Japan
Location: Sakurajima, Konohana-Ku, Osaka
USJ is a theme park with numerous attractions and entertainments to enjoy for all ages. It is said that it will take a maximum of 2 days for a person to completely tour the entire place. During my visit, after I have taken my obligatory shot in the famous rotating globe statue outside the entrance, I have decided not to go inside the park since I am not a fan, so, I just used the money to go shopping in a Gap Outlet Store within the vicinity which made me happier.
Famous Spots in Kyoto
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Location: Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-Ku, Kyoto
Away from the busy streets there lies a relaxing ambiance brought by the towering bamboos on each side of the walking path of the grove. The distance is approximately 200 meters thus, you have the option to rent a rickshaw ride or prepare your feet to make it a long runway for your catwalk. I chose the latter to enjoy taking photos in my own phase.
Things to Do in Nara
Location: Noboriojicho, Nara
Of all the historical structures that Kofuku-ji Temple has, the five-storied pagoda stood out for me. By its on-point design, you can easily notice from afar how well-built it is. That is in addition to its claim of being the second tallest wooden pagoda in Japan.
Nara Deer Park
Location: Zoshicho, Nara
Feeding the deers in Nara Park is one of the most interesting ways to spend your time in Nara. Those creatures will bow their heads as if showing courtesy to you for giving them something to eat. That kind of friendly gesture from a non-human makes me want to visit the place again.
What to See in Mie?
Nabana No Sato
Location: Komae Urushibata, Nagashimacho, Kuwana
In wintertime, a lot of display illuminations can be seen from various tourist spots in Japan, and the largest of all them is said to be Nabana No Sato – Winter Illumination. The vast array of lights can be fully enjoyed at night while you can explore the botanical garden during the day. Watching the highlight of the event – the dancing lights that simulate the formation of Mt. Fuji and different flowers made me thrilled.
Places to Go in Aichi
Takeshima Beach/Takeshima Island
Location: Takeshimacho, Gamagori
Aside from Laguna Ten Bosch, it is also worth paying a visit to Takeshima Beach and Takeshima Island (Gamagori Takeshima). Takeshima Beach is a perfect area to watch the sunset while being greeted by a flock of birds at the shore. Not far from the beach, you can have a sight of Takeshima Island which you can tour as well.
Laguna Ten Bosch
Location: Kaiyocho, Gamagori
If you are looking for an all-in-one place that has theme parks, beach, and pool clubs, then Laguna Ten Bosch will suit your taste. Fortunately, when I visited here, the Thousand Sunny Ship is available for a cruise, so I was able to ride on the pirate ship along with the Straw Hat Pirates. You may check the detailed story here.