IT IS A KNOWN fact that Japan is one of the most highly industrialized countries in the world. One striking quality of its cities, and the whole country is the beautiful fusion of traditional and modern architectural designs. But what makes it a must visit country is the fact that you can still enjoy nature and reminisce the past even when you are in a highly urbanized city like Tokyo.
This 2016, you may want to include Japan in your bucket list, and make sure to visit its top five attraction sites.
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For many, Mount Fuji comes first to mind when they think of Japan. Your travel to Japan would be incomplete if you miss to visit or at least have a glimpse of the mountain. With a height of 12,388 feet or 3,776 meters, it is the highest mountain in the country. It is well-known for its cone that is exceptionally symmetrical. Around 200,000 people, 30 percent of which are foreigners, climb Mount Fuji every year. Usually, it takes three to eight hours to reach the top.
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The Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji, is a Zen temple located in the northern part of Kyoto. It is very popular because the temple’s top two floors are covered with gold. Add to that the rich history behind the gold leaf covering. It was originally built many centuries ago as a retirement villa of shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. When he died in 1408, the villa was transformed into a Zen temple exclusive for the Rinzai sect. Today, tourists visit the pavilion to learn about its unique architectural design, too. There is also a tea garden where you can sip a warm and healthy cup of tea while enjoying the view and the breeze.
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
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Kyoto is one of the areas in Japan where you can visit a lot of awesome attraction sites. The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one great example. Take a walk all by yourself or with friends, and enjoy the serene moment with the tallest grass on earth. We know, this is lux for busy Metro people. Okay, don’t start packing yet.
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Whether you’re a kid or not, the Disneyland is surely going to give you an unforgettable experience. The Disneyland in Tokyo has seven themed lands. These are the World Bazaar, Toontown, Tomorrowland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Adventureland and Westernland. Definitely a great place to bring out the child in you once more.
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Shibuya is one of the busiest and well-known towns in Japan. It is undeniably a great place for entertainment where you can find numerous casual fashion shops, specialty shops, restaurants and department stores. Among the extremely popular stores are Seibu Department Store, Tokyu Department Store and Parco. You can surely buy something that perfectly fits your fashion style.
A country that has become known to us because of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombing, Japan is surprisingly a beautiful country where you can enjoy natural and man-made attraction sites.
Now, you can start packing. Just make sure to secure a visa. Good news for Filipino residents is the fact that getting a visa for Japan is now easier.