Mystical Places to See in Japan

For all those who have been obsessed with Japan, there are many reasons for it. For some, it might be the brilliance of the technology or the vibrancy of city life. For others, it is the subtle beauty of the cherry blossoms and the delicious mouth-watering cuisine. If you do not fall into either of these categories, then you must be a hardcore Manga fan.

It is no surprise that Japan is a dream destination for travelers. There is a lot to the country than its shiny capital that utterly astonishes you.  From the most popular to the most mystic, here are the best places to see in Japan.

1. Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto  

 Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto

While Kyoto is famed for its cherry blossoms, there is another element that is on par with its striking beauty. The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove with its tall canopy and the hues of green is a sight to the sore eyes. It is best to visit in the morning when the crowd is less for you to take in the serene beauty.

2. Torri Gates. Kyoto

Torri Gates. Kyoto

The vermilion Torri Gates at the largest shrine in Japan, the Fushimi Inari Shrine might even look like an illusion to you. That's because of its sheer number; there are 10,000 gates between trees along the mountain. However, it is important to mention that it takes a hike of two hours to reach the shrine, so be prepared for that. The farther you go, the crowd diminishes. Hiking up the Torri Gates is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Kyoto Japan

3. The Saihoji Temple Moss Garden, Kyoto

Saihoji Temple Moss Garden, Kyoto

Among the many things to do in Japan, enjoying the blooms and blossoms are definitely inevitable.

Japanese gardens always leave you speechless. But the Moss Garden at the Saihoji takes you to experience the tranquility of them on a whole new level. To put in simple words, it is breathtakingly beautiful. Spring might be the best time to visit Japan. Although, the meandering paths along the emerald moss, the gleamy ponds all add to the wavering beauty of the garden through the seasons.

Before entering, you have to copy sutras in Japanese at a nearby Zen Buddhist Temple and write your wish down. It is a small price to pay to spend 90 minutes in this garden, and who knows, your wish might actually come true.

4. Okunoin temple and Cemetery, Mount Koya

Okunoin temple and Cemetery, Mount Koya

Okunoin is where the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism exists. Sacred in many ways, what amuses a traveler here is the pathway through the cedar trees that leads to the main temple. Lined with the burial monuments and tombs of over 200,000 monks, dignitaries and samurai warriors, this cemetery is in a sense eerily beautiful. At night, the pathway looks extraordinary with lanterns coming alive, and the sense of spirituality is at its prime.  

5. The Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridges, Iya Valley

Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridges, Iya Valley

Iya Valley is wondrous in any season and every corner. The vine bridges or the twin bridges called the Couple Bridges are one of the most stunning things to see in Japan. The largest bridge is called the Husband Bridge, and the other one is half the size, called the Wife Bridge. Though it looks like intertwined twigs, there is, in fact, steel cables hidden beneath the wines for safety and are rebuilt every three years. Surrounded by the valley and waterfalls, it is indeed a gorgeous spot.

6. Scarecrow Village, Iya Valley

Scarecrow Village, Iya Valley

The village of Nagoro currently has only 35 residents. Most of the inhabitants left to the cities. The scarecrows were created by Tsukimi Ayano. It is in the far interior, but if you are looking for interesting things, it might be worth a visit. The village might seem practically deserted and borderline creepy only with scarecrows playing roles of woodcutters, farmers, children and such. There is even a scarecrow of US president Donald Trump.  

7. Ritsurin Park, Takamatsu

Ritsurin Park, Takamatsu

Visiting the beautiful gardens is a Ritsurin Park is a spectacular Japanese garden of 75 hectares built in the 17th century. The garden still has the captivating charm of the old days with well maintained 17th-century buildings, creating a historic feel.

8. Naoshima Island

Naoshima Island

Naoshima Island is fabled for her artistic beauty, architecture and the beach. Even without all the man made beauty, the island is a gorgeous place to be. Any museum here is worth a visit as each has something unique for you. The Benesse House Museum, the Chichu Art Museum, and the Art House Project are all exceptional. While there, do not forget to take a picture of the striking giant Yellow Pumpkin sculpture.

9. Hiroshima


A visit to Hiroshima is essential to understand how far Japan has come from its worst days. The sites, monuments, and museums dedicated to the aftermath of the atomic bomb explosion, still casts a shadow over the city’s essence, or at least in the minds of everyone who steps into it. Today, Hiroshima is just as beautiful and sustain as any other Japanese city, taking strength from its misfortunes.

10. Miyajima


The popular day trip from Hiroshima, Miyajima Island is another impressive place to visit in Japan. Its famous for the floating Torii Gate and the Itsukushima shrine. However, one of the best things to do in Japan in this island is to explore the town of Hatsukaichi, its nearby hills, and the temple.  If you have time to spare, taking a hike is highly recommended.

Japan is like a treasure map. You are to discover many hidden beauties in its secret villages. Considering the plethora of things it has to offer, we suggest that you take your time there and enjoy a long vacation.

Now you know more on when to visit Japan and what to see. All left to do is to compare the prices of flights and decide your best option. For that, you don’t have to go anywhere else.

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