Here are some of my favourite Top Japan Attractions based on my family trips to Japan in recent years. I lived in Kobe for three years during the 1990s but unfortunately that was in my pre-blogging days. It is always a pleasure to return to Japan and we always try to visit new and unusual places as well as some of the old favourites.
This temple has the world's biggest bronze reclining Buddha statue. It is a beautiful place to visit and is close to Fukuoka City.
Nagasaki is one of Japan’s most interesting and historic cities. Here are some Nagasaki attractions that I saw on a recent trip.
Yutoku Inari Shrine is built on stilts on a hillside, similar to Kyoto’s Kiyomizu Temple but far less famous. It makes a nice day trip from Fukuoka.
Nitama, the Cat Station Master
Kishi station on the Wakayama Electric Railway has a cat stationmaster called Nitama who draws in visitors from around the globe.
How to get a JR Kyushu Rail Pass from Malaysia and some tips on how to get best value and where to visit with your Northern Kyushu Area Rail Pass.
Yufuin is a scenic hot-spring resort tucked away in the hills of northern Kyushu, close to the spa town of Beppu. Here are some of the top things to see and do.
Mojiko was an important trading port in the early 1900s when many of its historic buildings were built. Today it is a popular tourist destination.
Kumamoto Castle, Suizenji Jojuen Garden and the Contemporary Art Museum are some of the things you can see on a day trip to Kumamoto City.
Kimiidera Temple is one of the top places to visit in Wakayama with the largest wooden standing statue in Japan, great views and cherry blossom.
Kuroshio Ichiba Market is a fun place to shop for seafood, see a tuna filleting show and sample a variety of raw or grilled fish and other delicacies.
Visit Wakaura Tenmangu Shrine, an ancient and atmospheric Shinto shrine off the tourist trail in Wakayama City. Great view but a lot of steps!
Climb 108 steps to Kishu Toshogu Shrine for a great view and see the magnificent red entrance gate, the best in Kansai.
On my Thrifty Traveller blog I have written about a number of off the beaten track destinations in Japan. Read about them here.
Hope you enjoy discovering these Top Japan Attractions as much as I have.
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