12 Places in Japan Too Stunning To Be Real

12 Places in Japan Too Stunning To Be Real

These places in Japan are so stunning, they can’t possibly be real!

Japan is one of the most beautiful countries in the world to visit. From stunning flower gardens to spectacular ancient buildings, there are gorgeous places at every corner. However, there are places that stand head and shoulders above the rest – places so stunning they could have came out of a painting.

1. Himeji Castle

Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture

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Himeji Castle in Hyogo Prefecture, also known as the “white heron” castle, is one of Japan’s most stunning castles. Its white outer walls, which are white due to a plaster coating, and black roof makes it extremely striking. A UNESCO world heritage site, this beauty is also one of Japan’s 12 original castles.

2. The Adachi Museum of Art

Yasugi, Shimane Prefecture

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The Japanese garden in the Adachi Museum of Art is described as a “living Japanese painting”. With rolling lawns and perfectly maintained trees that complement the backdrop of Matsue, this does seems particularly apt. The Japanese Garden in the Adachi Museum of Art was also picked as the best Japanese garden out of the 900 odd gardens in Japan – convinced yet?

3. Hitachi Seaside Park

Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture

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The Hitachi Seaside Garden is a public park most famous for its nemophila blooms, which turns the park into a surreal sea of blue in the early summer. It isn’t only breathtaking in summer; flowers in the garden are in full bloom throughout the year, from tulips in the spring to the cosmos during autumn. As such, no matter when you go, you will be greeted by an unearthly, beautiful expanse of flowers.

4. Fushimi Inari Shrine

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

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The Fushimi Inari shrine is famous for the Senbontorii, hiking trails up Mount Inari that are enclosed by thousands of Torii gates. As the Fushimi Inari shrine is said to be the most important shrine of the deity Inari, and donations made at its Torii Gate is said to ensure prosperous business, it’s a place popular with travellers and locals alike.

Walking through the Senbontorii is an experience that can only be described as ethereal, with the sunlight filtering through the numerous Torii gates.

5. Kabira Bay

Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture

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This is the one place that will leave you awe and wondering if you are on earth or otherwise. Kabira Bay’s azure waters and white sands truly makes it a beach paradise on Earth. So be sure to take lots of pictures when you visit!

You can enjoy swimming or diving in the waters as well as there are gorgeous coral reefs on the seabed of this island.

6. Yakushima

Yakushima, Kagoshima Prefecture

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Yakushima’s warm-temperate forest is completely unique and has been designated as a world heritage UNESCO site since 1993. The forest has a haunting beauty and it is easy to see why Hayako Mizayaki used Yakushima’s forests as an inspiration for the forest setting in his movie “Princess Mononoke”.

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7. Awaji Yumebutai

Awaji Island, Hyogo Prefecture

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A creation by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the Awaji Yumebutai was built to commemorate the victims of the great Hanshin earthquake and it is a spectacular architectural masterpiece. The Hyakudanen Garden on the premises make a play on the illusion of the neverending staircase. The other parts of the building are not to be outdone though, with fairytale-esque gardens and sweeping spaces featured all around this complex.

8. Sagano Bamboo Forest

Arashiyama, Kyoto Prefecture

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The Sagano Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama is considered one of the most beautiful forests in the world and is located only 30 minutes from Kyoto.

Once here, besides looking at the awe-inspiring bamboo trees towering above and the shards of sunlight that filter through the trees, you should also listen closely to the sounds the wind makes as it rustles through the tree. Sagano Bamboo forest has been called one of the top natural  soundscapes of Japan and the sound is truly memorable.

9. Itsukushima Shrine

Miyajima, Hiroshima Province

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The Torii gate in Itsukushima is one of the most photographed places in all of Japan. When the tide is high, the Torii gate looks like it is floating in water and there is something truly magical it, especially during the sunset. The rest of Itsukushima is worth looking at too. The temple buildings are fantastically beautiful and the azure waters here will appeal to beach lovers.

10. Kinkaku-ji

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

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The top two floors of Kinkaku-ji (also known as the golden pavilion) is covered on the outside with gold leaf, giving the pavilion its distinctive golden color. As the shrine is surrounded by greenery all around, you will notice its color and beauty even from afar. On still days, you will be able to see the reflection of the pavilion in the water surrounding the pavilion which makes for an extremely scenic view.

11. Mount Fuji

Honshu, Shizuoka Prefecture

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Mount Fuji has been depicted in many paintings and literary works through the ages, and it’s going to be pretty surreal witnessing it in real life. The mountain dwarfs the villages at its base, giving all visitors a sense of awe.

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12. Byodo-in

Uji, Kyoto Prefecture

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The main building in the Byodo-in Complex, Phoenix hall, is considered an extremely important historical building and if you’re sharp enough, you’ll notice it’s actually featured at the back of 10 Yen coins. Besides the rich history behind this building, its exterior is also extremely elegant. With the hall and the art within a shining exemplar of mid-Heian architecture, visitors are in for a feast of the senses.

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Yi Shao
Yi Shao

Yi Shao is constantly on the lookout for new adventures, which had led her from the mountains in Salzberg to the bustling night markets of Taiwan. While she is currently in Singapore finishing up her university education, she still seeks out the lesser known places in her hometown before she embarks on her next big adventure.


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