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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.

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.

The Highlights & Distinctions of Osaka – Tokyo's Younger Sibling

Anyone who has been living in Japan for any length of time knows of the friendly, decades-old, rivalry between Tokyo and Osaka – Tokyo built Tokyo Dome for baseball games and as a concert venue. A few years later Osaka Dome opened to great fanfare. Tokyo negotiated with the Disney Corporation and opened Tokyo Disneyland. Not wanting to be outdone, Osaka brought Universal Studios to Japan.

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