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From ancient traditions to beautiful natural surroundings to modern technology, this nation of several islands offers opportunities for endless discovery.

The country of Japan is fascinating in many ways, with highly populated cities, influential technology centers and centuries-old shrines and temples. Visit Tokyo as well as other locations for broader experiences.

Tokyo is a gleaming world capital, with neighborhoods specializing in different shopping and leisure activities. See the latest fashions in Harajuku and join crowds of tech aficionados in Akihabara.

Outside Tokyo, view Mount Fuji, a perfect snow-capped cone on the horizon. In summer, consider making the strenuous hike to reach the top to view the sunrise, as hundreds of thousands of people do annually.

Ride the Shinkansen bullet train at 200 miles per hour (320 kilometers per hour) to Kyoto. Explore shrines and temples in this ancient city. Kinkakuji Temple has a golden pavilion reflecting in a quiet lake. Nearby, the Fushimi Inari Taisha honors the god of prosperity, with hundreds of red gates along a path leading to the temple.

Remember lessons from World War II with a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome. Consider peaceful alternatives at the beautiful red torii gates of the nearby Shinto Itsukushima Shrine.

Japanese cuisine is extremely popular across the world. While you are anywhere in the country, enjoy some of your favorite Japanese foods from their point of origin: sushi, sashimi, tempura or soba noodles. From simple ramen dishes to ultra-indulgent wagyu beef, Japanese food is practically an art form. For drinks, accompany your meal with sake or shochu. Attend a formal tea ceremony to understand centuries of tradition.

In addition to special food favorites, try iconic cultural experiences in Japan. Sing karaoke, attend a sumo match, play pachinko or watch kabuki theater. In the spring do hanami, having a picnic under the cherry trees to view the pretty pink blossoms. Shinjuku Gyoen in Tokyo is a top spot. In winter, attend the Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido in the north to admire splendid ice sculptures. Ski in this region where the 1972 Olympics were held.

Popular cities in Japan

Shibuya showing a high rise building, street scenes and modern architecture
Tokyo
Known for Shopping, Temples and Urban

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Reasons to visit
  • Shibuya Crossing
  • Tokyo Sky Tree
  • Toyosu Market
Heian Shrine showing a temple or place of worship, religious aspects and heritage architecture
Kyoto
Known for Temples, Culture and Gardens

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Reasons to visit
  • Nishiki Market
  • Kyoto International Manga Museum
  • Kyoto Tower
Dotonbori which includes boating, a city and a river or creek
Osaka
Known for Dining, Shopping and Castles

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Reasons to visit
  • Amerikamura
  • Nipponbashi
  • Spa World
Yokohama showing a city and street scenes
Yokohama
Known for Shopping, Chinatown and Museums

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Reasons to visit
  • Pacifico Yokohama
  • Landmark Tower
  • Yamashita Park
Busena Marine Park showing general coastal views
Okinawa
Known for Shopping, Castles and Culture

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Reasons to visit
  • Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
  • Kokusai Dori
  • American Village
Atsuta Shrine featuring street scenes, religious aspects and a temple or place of worship
Nagoya
Known for Shopping, Historical Buildings and Castles

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Reasons to visit
  • Atsuta Jingu Shrine
  • Nagoya City Science Museum

Popular places to visit in Japan

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Spend a day reflecting on the atomic bombing that devastated Hiroshima in 1945 and discover the city’s mission for peace at this beautifully designed park in the city center.

Disneyland® Tokyo
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Disneyland® Tokyo

Ride roller coasters and watch theatrical shows as you witness the magic of Disney come to life at this family-friendly amusement park and resort.

Kinkaku-ji
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Kinkaku-ji

Built in the 14th century for a shogun, then rebuilt twice, this temple is now a Buddhist site and its top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.

Fushimi Inari Shrine
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Fushimi Inari Shrine

This shrine at the base of Inari Mountain is dedicated to the goddess of rice and prosperity. See its thousands of red gates around a network of beautiful trails.

Dotonbori
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Dotonbori

Experience the colorful neon heart of Osaka along this canal, where travelers, couples and entertainment seekers throng the streets.

Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji

The magnificence of this mountain arouses awe, inspiration and even worship. Explore this amazing natural phenomenon up close or from afar. 

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