What is certainly worth seeing in Japan

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Japan – a country to understand that not everyone is given. Its rich culture, carefully protect and revere the traditions of a surprising combination with the extraordinary pace of development of high technologies; crazy rhythm of life in the bustling metropolis, where huge skyscrapers coexist with graceful pagodas, and the noise of cars from the murmur of small waterfalls in quiet gardens, with majestic serenity of nature in this country.

About Japan, we really know very little. The question: “What would you like to see in Japan?” – Many of those who are going to visit the country, will not find the answer. Meanwhile, her nature, cultural and historical wealth is so multifaceted and diverse that everyone here will find something interesting for yourself.

 

Kyoto – the ancient capital of Japan, today – the provincial capital of Kyoto. The most interestingsights of Kyoto – Kiyomizu Temple, the Golden and Silver Pavilions, garden stones in the temple Ryoanji, sёgunsky Nijo Castle, the old imperial palace Gosё.

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The Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) was built in 1397. This three-tiered palace with a temple covered with a thin gold plates and roof “garden of sand.” Silver Pavilion (Ginkakudzi) built in 1483 in the eastern part of the city. Silver Pavilion – it is also a palace and a temple dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon. On the top floor there is a Buddhist altar, on the ground – living rooms. This is the first palace, which was built with sliding walls: internal (fusuma) and external (shoji). Whenshoji filmed, it became an integral part of the garden at home.

Gosё Palace was the official residence of the emperor imperial Kogon 1331 to 1868, is the capital of Japan is not moved to Edo, renamed then in Tokyo. Palace Japan is recognized as a national treasure and the property of the imperial family.

Within an hour’s drive from  Kyoto is Nara – a major Buddhist center and capital of Japan 8thcentury. Here you can see the famous temple of “Big Buddha” (Todaiji) – is the world’s largest building made ​​of wood. There is a huge wooden statue of the Buddha, to see that tourists flock here from all over the world. They are also attracted to the temple of Horyuji – the oldest building in Japan (616 years), admires the harmony and perfection of form. In 670, the church burned down, but was later rebuilt. Five-storied pagoda in height of 32 meters has become a model for the creation of many churches following centuries.

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The Nara is also a wonderful park deer, which are considered divine messengers Shinto. The deer are quite tame, happy to chat with visitors.

The third largest city in Japan, located in the center of the island of Honshu – Osaka – is surrounded by green gardens and parks. The main attraction of Osaka – the castle, one of the biggest in Japan. It was built in 1586 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The five-storied tower of the castle kept numerous works of art and documents from the family archive Toyotomi, from which you can learn about the past of the city of Osaka.

The capital of the southern Japanese island of Kyushu – Nagasaki – a city notorious received as a result of a nuclear bomb in 1945, is now a major tourist destination. At the site of a nuclear explosion it was defeated Peace Park Nagasaki .

Nagoya – the fourth largest city in Japan. Here, tourists are attracted primarily ancient castle.He once was the residence and military headquarters for the Tokugawa clan. The Tokugawa Art Museum, you can get acquainted with the culture of medieval Nagoya.

Okinawa – the largest island of the Japanese archipelago, the Ryukyus. Here are the best resorts in Japan. In Okinawa never snows, the island is surrounded by rich coral reefs and rare representatives of fauna inhabited. The capital of the prefecture of Okinawa – Naha. It will be interesting to see the Shinto shrine Naminoue dedicated to the three deities guarding the imperial family, Buddhist temple Sogenji, Syurey-no-mon (“Gates of courtesy”). National Park Okinawa Senseki broken at the site of battles during World War II. Here you can see the monument to fallen soldiers.

Fukuoka – Prefecture in the northern part of. Kyushu. This town is not particularly rich in sights, but is very attractive. Fukuoka Tower has a height of 234 meters and is the biggest observation deck in Japan.

Among the churches of the city are remarkable Tochё 16-meter statue of the Buddha (806 years),Schёfuku near Hakata Station, founded in the 12th century and is the oldest Zen temple in Japan Sёfukudzi (1141-1215).

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Hokkaido – the second largest and the northernmost island of Japan. The administrative center of the Governorate of Hokkaido and the fifth in terms of population (1 million. 800 thousand people.). City – Sapporo. He’s young enough to have been built at the beginning of the Meiji era (70th. 19th century).   Sapporo is famous for its Snow Festival, which is held here since 1950. The main festivities are held in Odori Park. There are installed ice sculpture and composition of the snow. At one time in the park you can see Buckingham Palace (12 meters high), the Taj Mahal Palace and the main Okinawan Shuri castle complex.

The capital Tokyo – the most visited tourist destination in Japan. Be sure to see the Imperial Palace (the former Edo Castle) Tosegu Temple, Tokyo TV tower (height – 333 meters) skyscraper Sunshine City, old parks – Rikushen, Hibiya with regular exhibitions of chrysanthemums, famous for its pagodas and temples Shiba Park.

There are more than 30 museums, the most interesting of them – National Science Museum in Ueno Park, Historical Museum Shitamashi, Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, Kite Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, with a collection of Idemitsu Museum of Painting and Calligraphy.

Pride Tokyo – Disneyland, created in the image and likeness of California. It opened in 1983 and the number of rides and brightness of Disneyland in Tokyo already exceeds its US counterpart. In 2002, close to Disneyland opened Disney Sea, devoted to the sea theme Walt Disney cartoons.

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Tokyo and surroundings

The Imperial Palace, formerly Edo Castle, is still surrounded by a picturesque moat, along which are set uniformly majestic gates and ancient towers, to the main entrance is an elegant bridge Nidzyubasi or Double Bridge. The main entrance is open to the territory of the Imperial Palace on certain days. The East Garden (Higashi Guéhenno) the remains are here in the past the main tower of the castle. Garden at the palace with its multicolored seasonal – an ideal place for leisure visitors.

Tokyo Disneyland – the most popular theme park in Japan, entertainment and recreation, is located in Maihama, which is only 17 minutes by train from Tokyo Station.

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Mount Fuji – not only the highest mountain in Japan, but also the most revered nationalsymbol. The best time to climb the mountain is July-August. Mount Fuji – one of the recreational centers in the country. It also includes the area of the Fuji Five Lakes, where travelers an excellent opportunity for mountain climbing, boating, fishing, hiking and picnics.

Fuji – symbol of Japan. This is one of the most beautiful dormant volcanoes in the world. Fuji has a height of meters 3776, on a clear day is visible from a distance of 160 km. The last eruption took place in February 1708. Since the beginning of July to end of August, Fuji is officially open for climbing.

Kyoto and Nara

In the city center you will find the Imperial Palace in Kyoto, known specimen of Japanesearchitecture. It should first obtain permission to enter the palace. It shall be issued upon presentation of a passport within 20 minutes prior to the tour. Nearby is the Nijo Castle, which served as the residence of the Tokugawa shogun on his rare visits to Kyoto.

The western part of Kyoto is a highlight for tourists – Buddhist temples Kinkakuji and Ryoanji. The brilliant Kinkakuji, or Golden Temple, in contrast to the temple Ryoanji, with its rock garden, which embodies pristine nature only by means of stones and white sand.

The west side is the Buddhist temple of Kofukuji, founded in the year 710. A lot of great Buddhist statues exhibited in the House of national treasures far away is the five-storied pagoda, reflected in the pond Sarusava.

Another famous landmark is the great Shinto shrine Kasuga, built in the year 768 and is considered one of the most famous Shinto shrines in Japan. The bright red color of the building creates a beautiful contrast with the green of the surrounding vegetation. About 1,800 stone lanterns installed on the territory adjacent to the temple, and 1000 bronze lanterns hung in the corridors.

Horyuji Buddhist temple is located 45 minutes by train from the station of Nara. This is one of the most beautiful and important temples in Japan. Horyuji is the oldest surviving temple complexes of the country, founded in the year 607. It consists of about 40 structures, and is the old wooden building in the world.

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The main attraction is the Osaka Castle, once the largest castle in Japan, built in 1586 by ToyotomiHideyoshi. The current five-storied main tower, reconstructed on the model of the same, keeps many works of art and documents related to the Toyotomi family and Osaka past.

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Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens, the famous art of creating a miniature display of the seas or landscapes in a limited space gained worldwide fame. This art, having absorbed the refinement aristocratic ruling class, the principles of Buddhism and Shintoism, celebrates the beauty of nature through a highly artistic harmony plants, sand, water and stones. A lot of gardens, most of which has hundreds of years, are in the grounds of the temple.

Kyoto is particularly rich in Japanese gardens, of which as classic examples include the gardens of Katsura Imperial residence, in temples and Kinkakuji Ginkakudzi in Nijo Castle and the famousrock garden in the temple Ryoanji.

In Tokyo, it is recommended to visit the gardens Higashi Gyoen, Hama Rikyu and koishikawa Korakuen, a garden in the park of Shinjuku Gyoen, which has become now the state, and previously the former place of walks and rest of the imperial family.

In other parts of the country are remarkable gardens Kenrokuen of Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture, Kayrakuen in Ibaraki Prefecture, Korakuen in Okayama Prefecture and Ritsurin Park in Kagawa Prefecture.

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Hakone – a resort famous for its hot springs, located in a beautiful mountainous region, part ofthe National Park Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Before Hakone can be reached by rail from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station 1 hour 30 minutes. The most attractive is the open-air museum with hundreds of different sculptures. Relax on one of the many local hot springs just delicious. Take a pleasant cruise on Lake Ashi and enjoy views of Mount Fuji. Ovakudani located in hot springs, hot steam that escapes from crevices in the rocks. In a number of hotels in Hakone arranged the wholecascades rotenburo – bathing in the open air, lying at the same time you can enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains and valleys.

Kamakura – one of the oldest cities in Japan, it was founded in 1192. Now it is a beautiful resort, and last Kamakura was the political center of Japan. Temple Tsurugaoka Hachiman – one of the main attractions of Kamakura – a place that symbolizes the city of the Great Buddha near the Khasa. Next to the temple there are two ponds – Genji and Heike. The pond Genji grow white lotuses in Heike – red. Kamakura is a statue of Big Buddha Daibutsu or a height of 13.35 meters, the second largest in Japan.

The unique peculiarity of the Ryukyu islands, the diversity of cities in the country of the Rising Sun, you can discover a selection of tours in Japan. Perfectly designed individual and group tours – this is an opportunity to meet with national history, culture, customs and architecture of the country.

The trip to Japan – a great opportunity to combine a beach holiday with excursions. Perfect beach holiday in Atami on the peninsula Izu will relax and gain strength, and tours of Tokyo and Kamakura will not get bored. Flight from Moscow, for example, Tokyo to an average of 9-10 hours. You can look for cheap tickets GoGoRu.ru (this is an interesting site that offers searches of all flights at very low prices). Tours to Japan – it’s not just an incredible experience. For the inquisitive traveler is able to touch the ancient wisdom wonder people look at the world in a new way, a lot to learn. You need only choose their own path, his eyes wide open and let in your heart this amazing country.