Japan – often called Land of the Rising Sun. It is a land of rich history, culture and traditions. There are many beautiful and exotic places to visit in Japan, but we will focus on three that you should not overlook when visiting this country.
This is the one of the most popular tourist attractions in Japan because of the many historical sites that have been well preserved. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has named 15 of these sites as World Heritage sites. For more than one thousand years, this city was once Japan’s imperial capital ( from 794 to 1868), and has many undamaged temples that tell the story of Japan’s feudal history. It is often called the City of Ten Thousand Shrines.
The city of Kyoto has 400 Shinto shrines which means “place of the god.” These shrines were used to house sacred objects and keep them safe. 1600 Buddhist temples are also make up the city of Kyoto, along with gardens and palaces that are still architecturally sound. Some of the shrines house tombs of emperors.
Fuji Hakone Izu National Park
This area is known for its beautiful rustic spas, hot springs, botanical gardens, lakes, and mountains. Also located there are the Izu Peninsula, Izu Islands, Fuji Five Lakes, and the famous Mount Fuji. The park is one of the first four national parks established in Japan.
Mount Fuji is an active stratovolcano which is the highest mountain in Japan, at 12,389 feet. Its last known eruption was between 1707 and 1708. The mountain is reverenced by the Japanese and climbers often consider it a rite of passage or ritual to make this pilgrimage.
Owakudani, also called the Great Boiling Valley, is located in the Hakone area. It is full of active hot springs and sulphur vents. The way many people gain access to this valley is by hiking a trail or taking the Hakone Ropeway. The Japanese have a ritual of eating eggs boiled in the hot springs. The eggs smell slightly like sulphur and they turn black. It is believed that eating these eggs will increase your life by seven years.
These are just a few of the places of interest within the National Park. There are many more tourist areas around the region.
This small secluded town is the place to go to experience Shingon Buddhism which is a Buddhist sect. You can stay overnight at a temple lodging and experience a monk’s lifestyle including how they eat and worship. There are about 50 temples that provide this service for visitors as well as pilgrims. There are monasteries and temples and a large ancient cemetery, frequently called “Shangri-la,” deep inside of a mountainside forest. In this sacred place, you will get a deep sense of Japanese religious traditions and spirituality.
Innovation in Japan
Japan is a beautiful land filled with majestic temples and awesome history! We have named several of the top places to visit, but there are many more. Also, take time out to view some of the rice paddies which feature rice paddy art. This type of art uses various strains of rice plants to make pictures in the fields, and has been around since the 1990s.
Rice is an important staple in the Japanese culture. Of course, we cannot mention rice without suggesting that you try the well-known Japanese cuisine. Rice is an important staple in Japan and the Japanese were the first to develop the electric rice cooker also called suihanki.
There is so much to learn about this amazing country!