Japan is an amazing country that many people have on top of their bucket list. The whole country’s filled with unique places and stunning landscapes, yet when many people come, they only visit big cities such as Osaka and Tokyo. There is so much more to see in Japan and I would like to introduce 5 places in Japan that you need to visit next!
1. The Tropical Island of Ishigaki
Ishigaki is the second biggest island of Okinawa Prefecture, and one of the most underrated travel destinations in Japan. This tropical island has many different kinds of beaches, including some made entirely out of dead corals that washed to shore and another beach filled with star-shaped sand. Marine life thrives in these waters and Ishigaki is the perfect destination for scuba diving as well.
Ishigaki is also one of the best places in the world to watch the stars, being able to see 84 out of the 88 constellations. There’s so much to do here, and we recommend Ishigaki so much that we wrote a guide on what you can do there.
2. Deers with Manners in Nara
In Japan, bowing your head is an expression of respect, and the deers in Nara know this as well. Nara is famous for its deers, and if you offer to give them food, they know how to bow before receiving it. If you go to Nara Park, you can see many deers roaming around casually amongst tourists.
You can buy special deer crackers to feed the deers. When approached by a deer, you can show it that you have the crackers and they will start to bow. Be careful not to tease them too much as that can irritate the deers(just like it does with humans)!
Read also: 8 Cool Things To Do in Tokyo
3. Traditional Houses in Shirakawago
Shirakawago is a small village in the Gifu prefecture with a unique building style known as Gassho-zukuri where the roof is built to extend all the way to the ground. Some of these buildings are up to 250 years old and this village is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The best time to visit this unique place is during winter, on a snowy day.
4. Watch a Volcano Erupt from Kagoshima
Kagoshima is located on the southern tip of Kyushu island and next to this city is Sakurajima, a small island with the most active volcano in Japan. The Sakurajima volcano has minor eruptions every 4-24 hours and smoke coming out of this volcano is a daily sight. Sakurajima used to be an island but the constant lava flow has now connected it to the main Kyushu island, from the opposite side of Kagoshima.
5. View of Mt Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi
If you want a nice wide view of Mt Fuji, then there’s no better place to visit than the Fuji Five Lakes and out of the 5 lakes, Lake Kawaguchi is the most easily accessible destination. From the shore of Lake Kawaguchi, you have an incredible and close-up view of Mt Fuji.
Besides the awesome view of Mt. Fuji, there are many things you can do in Lake Kawaguchi as well. This area is known to be a hot spring resort town, so leaving without taking a dip would be a waste. There are also various museums around the city and the famous Fuji Q Highland Amusement Park.
Japan is filled with many unique destinations like these. When you have the chance to travel to Japan, take a chance and try checking out one of these unique places!
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