If you’ve decided to marry or honeymoon in the cultural wonder of Japan, make sure you take time to visit some of the incredible sights that the country has to offer. From towering castles to immaculate gardens, there is so much to experience during your stay. Here are our recommendations on the top things to do in Japan…
Nestled in the infamous Hiroshima Bay, this small island is famous for its luscious forests, grand temples and historical museum. You’ll also get a chance to see the partly-submerged Grand Torii Gate, marking the entrance to the Itsukushima Shrine.
For the child within us, a trip to Disneyland Tokyo will certainly tug at the heartstrings of our memories. Experience the park in a whole new cultural light and spend the day simply having fun. We recommend you treat yourself to some fast pass tickets to avoid some of the longer queue times.
This observation tower is the tallest building in Japan and provides some spectacular views of the city. You have to pay extra to get to the top, but there is also plenty to see and do in the lower half of the building; an aquarium, a planetarium and lots of local shops to explore.
One of Japan’s sacred mountains, and the tallest of them, a hike along Mount Fuji’s ridges to the summit is an experience to remember. The views are like no other, and as an active volcano many love to explore part of nature’s Pacific Ring of Fire.
As you can see, in all weathers Kinkaku-Joi is something magnificent to behold. The top half of this Zen Buddhist temple is covered in fine layers of gold leaf, emphasising the importance of this cultural building. It’s surrounded by beautifully kept gardens, perfect for a relaxing stroll, and at the end you’ll find sesame ice cream vendors – a must try for those looking to try some of the Japanese specialities.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial
Commonly known as the Atomic Bomb Dome, this memorial site is a popular visit for history enthusiasts, symbolising the strength and resilience of the citizens of Japan as they rebuilt their city after the devastation. Many suggest that a walk around the Dome at night is the optimum time for a peaceful and reflective atmosphere.
The head shrine of Inari located in Kyoto. Arriving early is the best time to avoid the large crowds of tourists, and you could easily spend five hours exploring the hiking trails, bamboo groves and lakes surrounding the sacred monument.
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
One of the world’s largest aquariums with some spectacular wildlife at your fingertips, including coral, rays and whale sharks. After spending the day allowing your eyes to glimpse the wonders of the deep, you can head to the nearby beach and enjoy the sunset in each others arms.
If you decide to visit a castle during your stay, then Himeji is the one you should see. It dominates the skyline from its hilltop setting and the Japanese architecture is something to behold, including the vast number of stairs around the building – make sure you bring your walking shoes.
A beautiful park in Tokyo and strongly recommended by all who fly there as one of the top things to do in Japan. The beautifully kept gardens are wonderful to stroll through, whilst the museums and temples are perfect to reflect in and experience the Japanese culture. The optimum time to visit is late March/early April, for the cherry blossom, also known as sakura, come into bloom and really add to the exquisite colour palette of the park.