Hosting towering volcanoes, temples that date back more than 400 years, and fields covered in more than 4 million flowers, Japan is a country of incredible beauty.
From its tranquil and picturesque Mount Fuji to cutting-edge robot restaurants in Tokyo, here are some of the country’s most magnificent sites.
Mount Fuji, located on Honshu Island, is Japan's highest mountain at a staggering 12,389 feet. It's an active stratovolcano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Japan's most popular tourist sites.
The Daigoji temple in Kyoto, a temple of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism, is a designated world heritage site and a favourite destination to visit in the autumn when the leaves offer an array of vibrant colours.
Jigokudani, which sits atop the town of Noboribetsu Onsen, has been named Hell Valley due to its display of hot steam vents, sulfurous streams, and volcanic activity. The destination includes a hiking trail you can walk across to witness the magnificent site.
The Zao Onsen hot spring and ski resort in the mountains of the Yamagata Prefecture, is known for its 'ice trees', trees that take on fascinating shapes due to heavy amounts of snowfall in the winter. One of Japan's oldest ski resorts, Zao offers over 30 lifts, gondolas, and ropeways.
The Karachi Fuju Garden in Kitakyushu is home to 150 Wisteria plants from over 20 different species. You can walk through its stunning tunnel filled with the flowers.
Meoto Iwa, or the 'Wedded Rocks,' is made of two stones representing husband and wife. During the summer, you can see the sun rise between the two rocks.
Mount Yoshino, in the Nara Prefecture, is considered one of the best areas to view cherry blossoms, with over 30,000 of the magnificent trees.
The Reclining Buddha of the Nankin Temple in Fukuoka is said to be one of the largest bronze Buddhas in the world at a whopping 11 meters in height and 41 meters in length.
The Oi River runs through the district of Arashiyama in Kyoto and offers boats you can rent to explore its exquisite scenery.
In the city of Yokohama is the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum, where you can see and bring home ramen from various parts of the country and even make your own version of the noodles.
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