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”.

Osaka Prefecture

Areas to Visit in Osaka

Dotonbori District

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.

Kyoto Prefecture

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.

Nara Prefecture

Things to Do in Nara

Kofuku-ji Temple

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.

Mie Prefecture

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.

Aichi Prefecture

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.

9 Replies to “Places to Visit In Japan”

  1. What month did you go? I want to experience winter in Japan! 🥰 I’ve been there twice but i wasn’t able to explore kyoto and nara! I actually have booked tix for December but most likely it will not push thru anymore 😣😢

    1. End of December – 1st Week of January. You can check my other post “Winter Activities in Japan” for skiing and snowboarding experience, the snow park is just near Nagoya Aichi.

  2. Thanks for these tips! Wish I read this before I went to Japan. Short and concise! Naooverwhelm kasi ako dun sa iba, masyadong madaming sinusuggest.

  3. One of the best countries I have been is Japan. I will definitely go back here since we were only able to see few! Thanks for the tips!

  4. Osaka happens to be my favorite city in Japan and I always make sure to book an accommodation within Dotonbori. I enjoy trying out food whenever I travel and I had fun roaming around the area, as they have tons of restaurants to choose from, few of my faves are kin ryu and mizuno. Oh, and Kuromon! In dotonbori, you’ll never get bored. ♥️

  5. Mie perfecture is Nagoya right? out of the three cities I’ve been in japan, I feel like Nagoya is more of a second home to me.. I really miss traveling now, so thanks for giving me a list of where to go next after hopefully everything is better soon. I loved the Nabana no Sato (and Begonia garden) which is in your post, but another great place to see in Mie is their Nagashima Water Park which is really close to where the Nabana no Sato is. 😀

    1. Nagoya is part of Aichi perfecture. I’m interested to see Nagashima Water Park too, wish I could squeeze out my time on every visit.

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