From shrines to the only last-standing structure after the Hiroshima bombing: Japan's top attractions

2019-01-10 15:50
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These are the top attractions of Japan that should be part of every traveller's itinerary to the Land of the Rising Sun.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

One of the most popular Insta-spots, this shrine in Kyoto is dedicated to the god of rice and patron on business. Each beam is donated by a Japanese business, and it can take up to two hours to walk through.

Since early Japan, Inari was seen as the patron of

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Tokyo Imperial Palace

This is where Japan’s Imperial family reside, and used to be where the Edo Castle stood before it was razed to the ground in WWII. It’s surrounded by lush gardens and a river, but the inner grounds is off-limits to the public except for 2 January and 23 December. 

Tokyo, Japan - April 11, 2015: View of the Imperia

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Also known as the Genbaku Dome, this is the only structure that was left standing after the infamous nuclear bomb hit the city, and today stands as a reminder to humanity to pursue peace over destruction.


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Himeji Castle

This is one of the few castles in Japan that was never destroyed by war or disasters, built in the 1400s and completed in 1609. It’s the most beautiful example of Japanese architecture and has lanes that bloom spectacularly during cherry blossom season.

Himeji, Japan - November 16, 2015: The main keep o

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Todaiji Temple

The name means ‘Great Eastern Temple’ and was built in Nara in 752 and once held powerful political influence in government. It’s main hall is the largest wooden building in the world and houses massive bronze statue of Buddha.

Nara, Japan - October 6, 2015: Todaiji's main hall

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