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5 Top Tourist Attractions in Japan: Mt Fuji Comes On The Second Spot

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Updated: Dec 29, 2016 07:23 PM EST

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Japan is one of the countries in Asia where you can find a lot of tourist attractions. It's a place with lovely landscape, rich in culture which is depicted in its museums, temples, and architectures.

Here are the 5 top tourist attractions in Japan that will definitely make your trip worthwhile. The "must-see" places to add to your collection of travel memories.

Kinkaku-ji or the Temple of the Golden Pavilion

This is the most popular tourist attraction in Japan and Kyoto. In the late 14th century, the pavilion was built. It was originally intended as a retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. However, the pavilion was destroyed by fire in 1950 by a young monk who had become obsessed with it. Half a decade later, it was rebuilt as an exact replica of the original. Emphasis is placed on the building and surrounding gardens being in harmony with each other. The structure, which is covered in gold leaf, highlights the reflection of the pavilion in the pond and the pond's reflection on the building.

Mount Fuji

It is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 meters. The volcano's exceptionally symmetrical funnel is a well-known symbol of Japan and attracts photographers as it frequently represents artistic views and landscape. It is also very appealing to tourists who loves sightseeing and climbing or hiking. Around 200,000 people climb Mount Fuji annually, 30% of whom are foreigners. The ascent can take anywhere between three and eight hours while the descent can take from two to five hours.

The Tokyo Tower

The tower is a testament to the progression of technology and modernisation. Inspired by the Eiffel tower in Paris, it ranked as the second tallest man-made structure in Japan and functions as a communications and observation tower. Visitors can climb the tower for breathtaking views of Tokyo and its vicinity as well as shop and dine.

Tokyo Imperial Palace

The Emperor of Japan makes his home at the Tokyo Imperial Palace. Though it serves as an administration center and museum, the palace also boasts Japan's rich art and history. The ruins of older castles that were destroyed by fire or war are where the palace was established. To honor the history, architects incorporated the design elements of different eras into the modern palace. Surrounding the new palace are traditional Japanese gardens with reception and function rooms to receive guests and welcome the public.

 The Todaiji Temple

This temple in Nara is a breakthrough in engineering. Apart from being the world's largest wooden building, it is also a home to the world's largest bronze Buddha statue. The Kegon school of Buddhism is located here, surrounded by beautiful gardens and wildlife. The grounds hold many artifacts of Japanese and Buddhist history. Deer are allowed to freely roam the grounds as messengers of the Shinto gods.

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