Tourism in Japan, 10 Reasons to Visit Japan. Japan attracted 28.69 million international tourists in 2017. Furthermore, there are 21 World Heritage Sites in Japan including Himeji Castle, Old Kyoto and Nara Historical Monuments. According to the Travel and Tourism Competition Report, Japan ranks 4th out of 141 countries in 2017.
The country that visited Japan the most was China with 7.3 million tourists. South Korea follows China with 7.1 million tourists. After South Korea, respectively; Taiwan, Hong Kong, United States of America, Thailand and Australia.
1. Chureito Pagoda and Mount Fuji
Do not miss the famous Fuji Mountain while talking about the wonders of the world. One of the best views of this magnificent mountain can be from Chureito Pagoda, which was built as a peace monument in 1963. 400 steps to climb is worth it.
2. Seigantoji Pagoda and Nachi No Taki Waterfall
Seigantoji Pagoda is the combination of the historical and natural beauty of the country. The pagoda in Hishimuro, Wakayama Region Japan’s longest waterfall is a three-storey building located next to Nachino Taki. The waterfall was 133 meters tall and was the site of the region’s original belief.
3. Cherry Blossom
Each year, Japan’s Cherry Flowers provide tourists from all over the world. The season of cherry flower is only a few weeks, so check out the internet sites that give you news about the season of each year and do not go out without being sure.
4. Nakasendo Way
The Nakasendo Way is a route that starts in Kyoto and ends in Edo. Nakasendo literally means “the road to the mountains” and is an important transportation route in the 17th century. It is a wonderful walking experience in the countryside and country history of Japan. The journey, which takes all ten days, is convenient for anyone who can walk comfortably more than three or four hours at a time.
5. Bamboo Lantern Festival
Taketa refers to bamboo and rice and is also home to an incredible light festival. Tradition began in 2000 with the aim of boosting the growth of bamboos. Furthermore, every year 20 thousand lanterns give light for three nights. The festival starts on the third Friday of November.
It is known as Kawagoe (Tokyo area) rivers (Kava means river and on Goe) and is called “Little Edo” because it is said that the city’s main street preserves the town ambience in the Edo period. (1603 – 1867) Don’t forget to see the Kawagoe festival, held on the third Saturday and Sunday of October.
7. Natadera Temple
Natadera temple comes to life especially in winter. The temple was founded in 717 by a Buddhist monk with an age of over 1300 years. Moreover, the Mount Hakusan and the temple remain to this day the most popular places of worship in the region.
8. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
The wonderful bamboo forest in Arashiyama is Kyoto’s second most popular tourist area. Furthermore, due to the crowd, it is recommended that the region be visited outside the tourist season.
After the Mount Fuji in the background and extending towards the magnificent site, there are over 800 thousand pink, white and purple lichen covered areas. Moreover, it is generally suitable for visits between April and June, and early morning hours are the best time for this experience.
10. Hitachi Seaside Park
Hitachi Seaside Park is a popular place in the east of Honshu, the largest island in Japan, and every autumn it takes on a spectacular appearance.