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Japan's top destinations range from Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples hundreds of years old to modern architecture and cosmopolitan shopping streets. Famous spots such as Kyoto's Kinkakuji Temple, Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Museum, and Tokyo's Shibuya Crossing are popular with visitors from all over the world, but you can just as easily find hidden gems that will make your trip unique and leave you with unforgettable experiences. Select a subcategory below to narrow your focus, or browse our many blog articles on Japan's sightseeing destinations.

Sightseeing in Yokosuka, a City of Mixed Cultures

The city of Yokosuka Japan is most known for its Japanese and American Navy bases. The culture has been crossed and mixed and reflects in its food, atmosphere, and shopping. The US navy base opens to the public every year for Yokosuka Friendship Day in order to demonstrate the strong relationship between Japan and the US. If you plan on coming to Yokosuka for this event, consider staying for the weekend and visit the surrounding areas as well.

Tinkling Chimes at the Kawasaki Daishi Temple

Some of these varieties include: ceramic, glass, metal, bamboo, bronze, clay, crystal and so on. Kawasaki Daishi Temple, while not quite known to many tourists, has always beendedicated to the warding of evil through its ceremonies of purification, such as the Yakudoshi (unlucky or critical age in a person’s life), blessings of talismans and charms, burning rites during New Year, year-end cleaning ritual using long brooms, and others.

Summer Lights of Mitama Festival at Yasukuni Shrine

In keeping with the ancient custom, Yasukuni Shrine holds the yearly Mitama Festival around July 13-16 as part of the Obon festivities. Mitama refers to the spirit or soul of the dead. During this season, Japanese hang lanterns and place offerings at the altars as prayers for their ancestors’ spirits to be freed of their sufferings. Since 1947, the Mitama Festival has lightened up the Yasukuni Shrine grounds with more than 30,000 glittering lanterns or chochin.

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