18 Places in Japan that Look Just Like a Fairy Tale

18 Places in Japan that Look Just Like a Fairy Tale

Prince charming would just come galloping down the trail on a white horse.

Incredible flowers, enchanting castles and spiritual temple grounds. These 18 beautiful and magical locations in Japan might be straight from the pages of a fairy tale…

Stroll through the Wisteria Tunnel (Kawachi Fuji-en) in full bloom…

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Visit Himeji Castle (White Heron Castle) perched on a hilltop…

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Enter the otherworldly Sagano Bamboo Forest…

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Step into the dreamlike landscape of Hitachi Seaside Park…

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Follow the Snow Light Path of Otaru…

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Explore the historic village of Shirakawa-gō…

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Or the nearby village of Gokayama…

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You can take a boat along the pretty Chidorigafuchi Moat

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Marvel at the mysterious and stunning Matsumoto Castle…

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Discover the inspiration for Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke at Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine…

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Feed deer at the popular Nara Park…

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See the tranquil Miyajima Shrine…

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And the peaceful grounds of Sanzen-in Temple…

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Admire swans at a wintry Lake Kussharo…

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Visit the elegant Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion)…

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And Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)…

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Stand at the foot of Mt. Fuji during the Fuji Shibazakura Festival…

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Another great fairytale spot for viewing Mount Fuji is in Kawaguchiko, particularly from Lake Kawaguchi.

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One of the best ways to explore this area is on a Retro Bus tour which will take you to various sightseeing spots including Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway and Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum. The Mt. Fuji + Kawaguchiko package (from S$198) is a great option for this – it includes 1 day on the Retro Bus (unlimited rides) and a 3-day Rail Pass which can be used for travelling in the Kanto Area.

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Otherwise, you can also explore the scenic Kawaguchiko area on a 2D1N trip! View the lofty Mount Fuji from the banks of Lake Kawaguchi, surrounded by seasonal blossoms, and then go on and explore the various attractions in the surrounding area. This value-for-money package includes 2 meals, 1-night accommodation and a 3-day Rail Pass on the JR East Shinkansen in Kanto area.


Relax in the beautiful surroundings of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden…

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Visit some of these charming locations on your next trip to Japan and have your own storybook adventure!

Also Read: 24 Quirky Things that You Realise Are Actually True After You Visit Japan

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Rebecca Mei Dook
Rebecca Mei Dook

Becca is a fan of impromptu travel, world cultures, ocean views and chocolate anything. When she's not travelling, you can find her either roaming the muddy paths of the English countryside or wandering around her favourite neighbourhoods in Singapore. After taking an AncestryDNA test, she now dreams about visiting all the places that make up her ethnicity.

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