Best Tourist Attraction Places

Top Tourist Attraction Places in Japan

1. Fukuoka

Fukuoka, captain town of a prefecture and Japan's tenth biggest city, is the administrative, economic and cultural center of the island of Kyushu and one of the most progressive cities in the south of Japan. Located in Hakata Bay, it is the northern gateway to Kyushu. The country of present day Fukuoka is divided into two by the River Naka. Hakata, the older eastern part of the town, was formerly known as Nanotsu, a port and commercial center. To the west of Hakata the castle town of Fukuoka grew up in the 17th C.

2. Hiroshima

The Hiroshima calm Institute was recognized in 1998 within the Hiroshima University. The Mayor of Hiroshima is the President of Mayors for Peace, an international Mayoral organization working with cities and citizens around the world to close down and eliminate nuclear weapons by the year 2020.Hiroshima, chief town of a Prefecture, lies on the Inland Sea in western Honshu. Traversed by six arms of the River Ota, the city extends into Hiroshima Bay in the pattern of a human hand. Hiroshima gained a melancholy place in history when it became the target of an atomic bomb in 1945.

3. Kanazawa

Kanazawa, captain town of Ishikawa prefecture, lies on the northwest coast of Honshu at the point where the Noto Peninsula projects into the Sea of Japan and the River Asano reaches the sea. It is the biggest and best city in the Hokuriku region and its cultural center. Many features of interest survive from its brilliant Past, including one of the three most attractive gardens in Japan, the Kenrokuen Park in the heart of the city. Kanazawa is now an industrial center and a university town, with a college of art. Local products are hand-colored silks (kagayuzen) and elegant porcelain (kutani-yaki) with colorful decoration.

4. Kurashiki

The town of Kurashiki lies in western Honshu near the Inland Sea. Although it is now part of the widespread industrial area around Mizushima the old town has for the most part preserved its original character. It has much of interest for visitors with its old dwelling houses and warehouses, the willow-fringed canals and stone bridges, And a number of fine museums. At the beginning of the 17th C an administrative office of the Shogunate was recognized in Kurashiki, and the small village soon developed into an important marketing center for rice, sake and cotton.

5. Kyoto

The city of Kyoto lies, enclosed by hills, in central Honshu, near the southwest end of Lake Biwa. Occupying an area of more than 230sq.mi/ in the south facing basin between the rivers Katsura to the west and Kamo to the east, it is Japan's fifth biggest city, chief town of Kyoto prefecture and the educational Hub of western Japan, with more than a few universities and higher educational establishments.

6. Matsue

The fief of Matsue was decided to Horido Yoshiharu by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1600 for his services in the Battle of Sekigahara, and Horio finished the building of the castle in 1611, shortly before his death. Under later rulers of the Kyogoku dynasty and of the Matsudaira, who ruled the town for 234 years, Matsue enjoyed a period of some prosperity.

7. Matsushima Bay

Matsushima Bay is the internal part of Sendai Bay, right away south of the Ojika Peninsula on the east coast of Honshu. The name means, "Island of pines", referring to the pine covered rocky islands and islets, more than 260 in number, which give this region its special character. The landscape of the district, diversified by its varied rock formations and the bizarrely shaped trees, which grow in its scanty soil, has lengthy been renowned all through Japan.

8. Nagoya

Nagoya, captain town of Aichi prefecture and Japan's fourth biggest city, lies in central Honshu. Its location in the spacious Ise Bay, opening on to the Pacific, has favored the development of the port, which is now the third biggest in Japan. It is also an important industrial center.

9. Nara

Nara city is celebrated as the cradle of Japanese culture, lies in central Honshu, to the south of Lake Biwa, surrounded by hills, forests and fields, with the Nara Basin extending to the south. With its wealth of olden and famous buildings and its resources of art, it attracts more than a million visitors every year. Nara's historic old buildings lie in a particularly beautiful setting of which there are fine views from Mount Mikasayama. The climate varies over the year but in general is mild.

10. Takayama

The little town of Takayama in central Honshu, to the west of the Hida range which forms part of the Chubu-Sangaku National Park, has preserved much of its old-world charm. Many old houses still demonstrate the skill of the local carpenters, who were renowned in the medieval period for their mastery of their craft. Takayama is Also noted for its traditional pottery and lacquerware.