The cherry blossoms in Japan are just too beautiful. They’re also one of the most talked about tourist attractions of the country. While we cannot deny or argue about this fact, we also need to talk about the equally (or in some cases even more) crazy places that the country has to offer. So, if you’re planning to visit Japan anytime in the future and don’t know where to go, you will totally bookmark this read. And if you don’t have any plans to visit Japan, these places have the potential to change your mind! Read on to find out all about them.
Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park, Nagano
Have you ever seen monkeys having a spa party? Well, you can witness this unique sight at the Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park in Nagano. Throughout the year in these hot springs, you will find these monkeys relaxing without a care in the world. But their favourite time to chill is during the chilly, winter months. Although there is a high possibility of getting tempted to get in the water with the monkeys, you cannot. It’s all reserved just for them.
Meoto Iwa, Mie Prefecture
The story behind these set of rocks that stand in the middle of the ocean is one of a kind. Apparently, these rocks represent a wife and husband, signifying them as the Wedded Rocks. The rope which connects these rocks is traditionally changed three times a year. And if it’s your lucky day, you could even witness the sun rising between these rocks with the silhouette of Mount Fuji in the background.
Shirogane Blue Pond, Hokkaido
Did you know the hue of the blue waters at the Shirogane Blue Pond changes along the seasons or even by a change in the wind? The view is absolutely enchanting and the reflection of the trees on the surface of the pond looks otherworldly!
Sagano Bamboo Forest, Kyoto Prefecture
If you know anything about Japan, you’d be familiar with the fact that their symbol of strength is bamboo. Often, you can spot them near temples and are believed to ward off the evil. So, when you walk through the paths or bike through the trails in this thick and magical forest, you will see that no amount of noise can overpower the sound of the bamboo swaying in the wind.
Fushimi Inari, Kyoto
It is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Inari, the god of rice and another famous tourist spot. Made up with thousands of torii gates that form a maze-like structure, each gate was donated by individuals and corporations as a thanking gesture for their well-being.
Kawachi Fujien Wisteria Garden, Kitakyushu
Located in the southern city of Kitakyushu, you can expect to be greeted by more than 22 types of wispy wisteria here, at the garden of Kawachi Fujien. It is only open when the colours start to change i.e. during the wisteria season. It is one of the most popular destinations, and we can totally see why!
Now that you’ve read about these amazing places, which ones do you want to visit in Japan? Let us know in the comments below.