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    Kiyomizudera

    日本, 京都府京都市東山区清水1丁目−294
    5
    40 reviews

    So beautiful and lots to see. Come in fall when the leaves are changing, it's absolutely breathtaking. Had the pleasure of meeting an artist on the bridge and my friend who spoke Japanese translated his story of traveling the world to pursue art at a time when painting did not necessarily bring bread to the table. Follow your dreams!

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    Ryoanji

    13 Goryonoshita-cho Ryoanji, Kyoto-Shi, 26 616-8001 Japan
    4.5
    13 reviews

    The most famous example of a zen rock garden. A must-see in Kyoto. At first glance, the garden may seem simple or even boring to some but well worth taking the time to sit and appreciate the details.

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    Ueno Park

    Next to JR Ueno Station, Tokyo, 13 110-0007 Japan
    4
    28 reviews

    A huge and diverse park fun for exploring. There are several interesting museums located within the park as well. During cherry blossom season this park gets mobs of people camping (aka drinking) overnight. Lots of fun.

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    Fushimi Inari Shrine

    日本, 京都府京都市伏見区深草藪之内町68
    5
    40 reviews

    5 min away from Kyoto station by train, getting off at Inari station on JR Nara line. Walk about another 5 min to the shrine. This place is a really unique shrine in Kyoto with 1000 torii gates built along the walk way in the shrine. It is a really spiritual/photographic place and a bit of a hike if you ...

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  • 5

    Meiji Jingu Shrine

    1-1 Kamizono-cho, Tokyo, 13 151-0053 Japan
    4.5
    35 reviews

    The entrance to this very important shrine is lined with sake barrels on one side and wine barrels on the other side. Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken are enshrined here. They are held in highest esteem by the Japanese people. These sake barrels are offered every year to show respect and gratitude for industrial growth and modernization of Japan that ...

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    Akihabara

    Located five minutes by rail from Tokyo Station, Tokyo, 13 110-0006 Japan
    4
    70 reviews

    The best place to get electronic stuffs and mangas. my favorite place in Tokyo.

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  • 7

    Ghibli Museum

    日本, 東京都三鷹市下連雀1-1-83
    4.5
    16 reviews

    Located in Mitaka (a quiet suburb in the west of Tokyo), this unique museum (part art museum, part children's museum, part cinema) is the brainchild of Hayao Miyazaki, the creative genius behind Ghibli Studios. Dated tickets must be purchased in advance (check with travel agencies in your home country), but for anyone who's ever seen Spirited Away, Ponyo, or Laputa ...

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  • 8

    Daikanyama T-Site

    T-Site, Daikanyama, Tokyo
    4.5
    7 reviews

    Easily one of the coolest places I've seen in Asia. On an uncharacteristically rainy day in Tokyo, we wandered in here, cold and soaking. We spent over an hour on a couch flipping through really cool Japanese lifestyle magazines and design books and wandering around the premises. This is worlds away from a Barnes and Noble or a Green Apply ...

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    Roppongi Hills

    6-10-1 Mori Tower, Tokyo, 13 106-6155, Japan
    4
    53 reviews

    The view of Tokyo is absolutely incredible at the top of Mori Tower! The observation deck is on the 54th floor, so head up for some beautiful photos. Lots of great shopping and dining is to be had here.

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  • 10

    Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji)

    Japan
    4.5
    83 reviews

    One of the most photogenic temples in Kyoto. A must-see.

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  • 11

    Ginza

    Between Imperial Palace and Tsukiji, Tokyo, 13 Japan
    4.5
    52 reviews

    The main street in Ginza is another architectural showpiece street. There is of course restaurants and shopping but just viewing the buildings makes this area worthy of a visit. You can see Mikimoto 2 Building by Toyo Ito, Maison Hermes by Renzo Piano, Shiseido Ginza by Ricardo Bofill, Nicholas G Hayak Center by Shigeru Ban, and Louis Vuitton by Jun ...

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    Omotesando

    Omotesando
    5
    2 reviews

    Omotesando is an avenue whose name translates as approach to the shrine because the street leads to the Meiji Shrine. But just as significantly for a visitor, Omotesandō is known as one of the foremost architectural showcase streets in the world. Within a short distance of each other, numerous stores, mostly high end fashion shops, display their stunning architecture. These ...

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  • 13

    Kyoto International Manga Museum

    Kyoto International Manga Museum, Nijodencho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-0846, Japan
    4.5
    6 reviews

    Totally unique! Not only do they have manga in basically every language but they also have costumes to dress up as a manga character. Even if you are not into playing dress up you can go into the yard and see and take pictures with the people who are all dressed up.

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  • 14

    Open Air Museum

    4
    2 reviews

    What a gem! An amazing collection of sculptures by international artists placed in magnificent outdoor setting and surrounded by mountain views! It is definitely worth a visit, especially if you are in Hakone/Mt. Fuji area. This was opened in 1969 as the first open-air museum in Japan. Besides outdoor sculptures, there are also indoor exhibition halls – one of them, ...

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  • 15

    Kurokawa Onsen Village

    4.5
    2 reviews

    The beautiful little riverside village of Kurokawa is filled with Japanese ryokan (traditional inns) and their associated natural mineral baths. Buy an onsen "passport" at the tourism information center to visit three of the baths in one afternoon.

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  • 16

    Kurokawa Onsen Kirara

    6994 Manganji, Minamioguni-machi, Aso-gun, Kumamoto Prefecture 869-2402 , Japan
    5
    2 reviews

    A small village up in a mountain valley of Kyushu, Kurokawa Onsen makes a great stop (overnight if you have the money) for an afternoon on the way from Aso to Beppu. Buy an "onsen passport" and sample three of the village's onsen, each located in one of the many ryokan.

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  • 17

    Asakusa Shrine

    2-3-1 Asakusa, Tokyo, 13 111-0032 Japan
    4.5
    69 reviews

    Tokyo is a hyper-modern city. But this ancient Shinto shrine in a more traditional neighborhood is where you want to come to see Old Japan without leaving the city limits. The gigantic vermilion lanterns, pots of smoking incense and stalls crammed with crazy souvenirs make it a scene, day or night.

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  • 18

    Harajuku

    Area around Harajuku Station, Tokyo, 13 150-0001 Japan
    4.5
    97 reviews

    a lot of fashion brands has their flagship stores there. also well-known as the birth place of new fashion brands.

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  • 19

    Osaka Castle

    1-1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku
    4
    40 reviews

    While not my favorite castle in Japan, as it's a modern concrete reconstruction, if you're going to be in the Osaka area, this is one of the city's main sights. Inside are collections of feudal-era samurai armor, pottery, scroll paintings and other historical memorabilia. The park grounds are also a breathable greenspace in the middle of one of Japan's biggest ...

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  • 20

    Kumamoto Castle

    日本, 熊本県熊本市中央区本丸1丁目
    4.5
    12 reviews

    A stunning and photogenic outside, but rather disappointing interior. It is basically a glamorous lookout tower. Still worth a visit. One of the top castles in Japan. Was rebuilt in the 1960s.

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