Today We’re Dreaming of…Japan!
There are so many reasons to make the trip to Japan. In what other place can you take in ancient culture and super-modern technologies at the same time? Throw in some exceptional food and breathtaking landscapes and you have everything you need for an incredible vacation. Here are just a few must-see landmarks when you go to Japan.
1. Fushimi-Inari Taisha
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This mysterious shrine goes all the way back to the 8th century. Located in southern Kyoto, it’s considered the most important shrine to the god of rice. Behind the main building are hiking trails under a tunnel of thousands of red gates. The 2-3 hour hike will take visitors up a mountain, the summit of which offers impressive views of the city, although if you’re not up for the full hike, there are plenty of lookout points along the way as well.
2. Tsukiji Central Fish Market
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If you’re an early riser (and don’t mind the smell of a lot of fish), the Central Fish Market in Tokyo is not to be missed. It’s the world’s largest fish market, where you’ll see acres of octopus, tuna, shellfish of all kinds, and even live exotic fish. If you arrive on the right day, you may be permitted entry to watch a tuna auction. You’ll have to get there early (like, 4:30am!), but it’s worth the spectacle. Make sure you don’t leave without trying the fresh sushi.
3. Iwatayama Monkey Park
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If you’re traveling with children (actually, even if you’re not!) you have got to stop by Kyoto’s famous monkey park. It’s a bit of a hike up to this monkey hangout on Mount Arashiyama, but it’s so exciting to get to come in such close contact with the animals. The best part is that it’s the monkeys who get to roam free, while the people must feed and watch them from a cage.
4. The Hells
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If you make your way down to the island of Kyushu, go over to Beppu to visit the incredible hot springs, also known as The Hells. These are not the kind of springs you relax in – they’re far too hot for that. However, visitors enjoy watching the wonder of these eight multicolored volcanic pits, which have all been given rather ominous names (Sea Hell, Oven Hell, etc).
5. Mount Fuji
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It is possible to glimpse the iconic mountain from Tokyo on a very clear day. However, for the best views, head over to the Fuji Five Lakes region (which in itself is worth the trip for its natural beauty) which lies at the base of the mountain. You can enjoy the view from their or, for the more adventurous, you can even climb the mountain and really create lasting memories.