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Facts of Japan - Top 10 Places to Visit

Updated on May 25, 2011

1.Ginza District

Ginza district is one of the special places to go in Japan. It is the upscale area and it is full of elegant cafes, designer boutiques, dining restaurants and department stores. This is one of the most luxurious and expensive shopping places in the world. Many fashion clothing flagship stores are found here. This is the place where the highest concentration of western shops can be seen. It is the most popular destination for many tourists. Apart from art galleries, it has the largest fish market in Asia as well. The Sony building is a marvel to watch.

Ginza  district at night.
Ginza district at night.

2.Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum (TNM) is located in Ueno Park in Taito. It is one of the largest and oldest museums in Japan. The museum is supposed to be holding 110,000 objects. This consists of Japanese national treasure and cultural properties of importance. Apart from Asian art, Japanese art, Greco-Buddhist art is also there. It gives all the information in Japanese, English, Chinese, German, Korean, French and Spanish. The Museum was established in 1872.

There are five galleries in the museum. The first is the Honkan which is the Japanese Gallery. The second is Toyokan which is the Asian Gallery. The third is Hyokeikan which has the Western style architecture during the Meiji rule. The fourth is Heiseikan which has Japanese Archaeology and special place for exhibitions. The last one is the Gallery of Horyu-ji-Treasures.

Japanese Gallery at the National Museum in Tokyo.
Japanese Gallery at the National Museum in Tokyo.

3.Tokyo Tower

Tokyo tower is located in Shiba park, Minato, Tokyo. It is a tower for communications and observations. Its height is 332.5 meters. The tower is the second tallest structure in Japan. It has been influenced by Eiffel Tower.

The tower was built in 1958. Under the tower a four storey building can be located. This building houses museums, shops and restaurants. People can go up and visit two observation decks. The first one is situated at a height of 150 meters. The smaller one is located at a height of 250 meters. The tower was actually intended for radio and TV broadcasting.

4.Tokyo Imperial palace

Tokyo Imperial palace is a historical place and is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. The palace is located close to Tokyo station, in a large park area called Chiyoda in Tokyo. It contains the main palace, several buildings, museum, an archive and administrative buildings. On a site of the old Edo castle, the palace has been built. The total area is 7.41 sq. kilometers. As per the 1980’s estimation, the value of the palace is more than all of the real estates in California.

The present palace consists of a modern palace called Kyuden and it is used for various court functions. The park located in the North, Kitanomaru park, is a public park. The Fukiage garden is used as the residential garden by the Imperial family. The East Garden consists of all the administrative buildings. There is a music hall called The Tokagakudo which is known as Peach Blossom Music Hall. There is the Ninomaru garden as well. This garden consists of symbolic trees from each prefecture of Japan. The tea house in the Fukiage Garden is called Suwa no Chaya. There are large gardens in the south called Kokyogaien.

The public are allowed to visit the Palace on the new year’s day and on the Emperor’s Birthday.

5.Gion District

Gion District is in Kyoto. It is in front of Yasaka Shrine and was built in the middle ages. It was actually built for travelers and visitors to the shrine but it emerged as the most popular Geisha districts of Japan.

Gion has the oldest style Japanese houses. They are called Machiya. These houses are the traditional houses where the Geisha’s entertained the Samurai and the aristocrat family members. The most popular Geisha dance Miyako Odori is still performed by Geishas.

6.American Village

The American Village known as Amerikamura or simply called as Ame-Mura is situated in Shinsaibashi in Minami district of Osaka. It is a retail and entertainment area. This place can be distinguished by the small scale production of the Statue of Liberty in the streets. It is a well known hang out for westerners and has a Triangle park at the center. It has many western fashion outlets, night clubs and bars. Many of them are run by westerners.

This place is known for the fashion intense Japanese youth culture. It surely is the other side of Japan.

Amerikamura locally known as "Ame-mura,"
Amerikamura locally known as "Ame-mura,"

7.Nagoya Port

The Port of Nagoya is located in Ise Bay. It is amazingly the busiest and largest trading port in Japan. This port actually accounts for almost 10% of Japan’s total trade value. This port is also the largest exporter of the cars.

The primary attraction in the port is the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. There is quite an amusement park nearby. Then the famous Antarctic survey ship, which is the ice-breaker, Fuji can be seen in the port.

Then the Isewangan Expressway has three great bridges called as Meiko Triton. There is also a small artificial island and a wild flower garden available.

In summer, on the Marine day, there is a great festival being celebrated as well.

Yokohama Chinatown.
Yokohama Chinatown.

8.Yokohama Chinatown

Yokohama Chinatown in Yokohama is the largest Chinatown in Asia and one of the largest Chinatowns in the world as well. It has a history of 150 years and now, not many Chinese people are living but people from different regions live there. There are more than 200 restaurants with delicious dishes available in this Chinatown. It is such a great place to visit.

9.Hiroshima Peace memorial

Hiroshima peace memorial is commonly called as Atomic Bomb Dome or A-Bomb Dome, is in Hiroshima. It is also a part of the Hiroshima Peace memorial park. The UNESCO has designated it as a World Heritage Site in 1996. This is a building in memory of the people, almost 70,000, who were killed in the Atomic Bombing on August 6, 1945. The Czech architect has designed this building. The building was actually completed in 1915 itself. The dome was actually damaged during the bombing but in 1966 the Japanese government decided to preserve it and after two preservation drive, it stands as a symbol of that dooms day.

10.Mount Fuji

The highest mountain in Japan is Mount Fuji. Its height is 3776.24 meters. The volcano mountain erupted in 1707 – 08. Mount Fuji can be seen on a clear sky from Tokyo, though it lies 100 kilo meters away from Tokyo. It looks like a symmetrical cone and is a famous place for tourists and climbers.

Mount Fuji is one of three holy mountains of Japan. The other two are Mount Tate and Mount Haku.

The origin of this name is not clear and a note from the Tale of The Bamboo cutter says that it means immortal. There are also other versions and they mean abundant and never ending etc.

The mountain is an attractive mountain cone. It is also an interesting subject for Japanese art. The most known work about Mount Fuji are by Hokusai. His works 36 views of Mount Fuji and One hundred views of Mount Fuji are the well known works from Japan. Not only this but also the Mountain is a subject for many poems as well.

The first man, a foreigner, who ascended this mountain, was Sir Rutherford Alcock. He did it in September 1860. The mountain is considered to be a holy mountain by the Japanese.

Fuji-san, Sakura and pagoda.
Fuji-san, Sakura and pagoda.

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      houseofjcjee 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      I would love to experience cherry blossom in Japan and learn more about your culture. Thanks for the hub!

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      Jul 

      6 years ago

      How can you not include Kyoto inside??!?!?!

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      loonyBG 

      6 years ago

      What do You need exactly Samantha? ;)

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      kgirl 

      6 years ago

      i am writing a report and i need to know who this is by i need help please. anyway this site is a lot of help :D

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      samantha 

      6 years ago

      i love hub pages because it has so many pretty pictures about Japan.

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      loonyBG 

      6 years ago

      :D Thx i happy You like it.

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      animegirl 

      6 years ago

      i love this sooo much more than the other 1 i saw!

      :) 2 this one :0 2 the other 1.

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      piggi1999 

      6 years ago

      these places looks so beautiful.. i might go there 1 day :)

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