I so want to go this country, yes Japan !. I start love this contry since i wathcing anime movie. In the anime movie, it’s so many Japan culture that i know. Like the traditional wear, traditional food, etc. In Japan so many beautiful place that i want to go there like Tokyo, Kyoto, Nikko, Nara, Kamakura, Magome, Takayama, and Matsumoto Castle. Let me introduce this place’s.
First of all, Tokyo. Tokyo is Japan’s capital city. It is the most popular tourist destination. This place have a iconic historical sites that is the Sensoji Temple and the Imperial Palace provides a traditional and royal air. Next is Kyoto, Kyoto is the most popular destination foe foreign visitors to Japan. It’s a city that embodies all that people think of in terms of Japanese tradition including centuries old temples and geisha.
Kyoto has more temples and shrines than any other place in Japan. What’s even more surprising is that not only the large or popular temples and shrines are an eye candy, but the quiet and hidden ones too.
In this place is have many of lady, named is Geisha. That is why from time to time it’s impossible not to be surprised by a pretty lady in kimono crossing your path or the worship places that do the city. The most iconic remnant of the city’s imperial past is the outrageously gilded Kinkakuji, once a shogun’s retirement villa and now a Zen Buddhits temple.
Nikko, Nikko is home to some of the most lavishly decorated temples and shrines in Japan and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Far from the tempered traditional Japanese architectural style, the buildings here are gilded and adorned in excess. It is a beautiful and unique sight.
Nara, is actually the very first capital of the country even before Kyoto and therefore remains a very interesting place to visit i think. Although the Nara era was less than 80 years long, the city is the birthplace of the fundamentals of Japanese tradition. In spite of an obvious Chinese influence in architecture, UNESCO designated Nara’s landmarks and designated them as World Heritage Sites. And though there’s plenty to see and do here, all the attractions are pretty much grouped together and walking from one to another is extremely pleasant and entertaining. Everything is encompassed inside the Nara Park and intriguing Japanese elements can be found every step of the way, plus over 1.200 Sika deer roam freely all over the place and visitors can even buy them crackers and feed them. This is a must visit place especially if you travel with kids or are an animal lover yourself.
Next is Kamakura. Kamakura is just 1 hour train ride from Tokyo, a quiet little residential town that can make for a very pleasant and relaxing day trip. Its most famous sight is the Great Buddha (Daibutsu) at Kotoku-in, the second largest bronze Buddha in Japan. But there are many Zen temples and Shinto shrine to be discovered here and one day might not be enough to explore them all. Kotokuin temple is home of the Daibutsu statue, aka the Great Buddha- the best known of Kamakura’s attraction’s. The temple dates from 741 and the bronze statue of Buddha from 125. Over 36 feet ( 11 metres ) high and weighing 121 tonnes, the figure appears ingainly and top- heavy from a distance, but from close up the proportions seem perfect. For ¥20 you can go inside the statue. Compared to big cities like Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo or Nagoya, Kamakura is an oasis of peace and quiet that you will come to appreciate once you’ve spent a few days in any of the above mentioned metropolies.
Then Magome. During the Edo period there were five roadways that connected Edo (modern day Tokyo) and outlying regions. The Nakasendo linked Edo and Kyoto, and ran through central Japan. It had 69 posting stations of which Magome-juku was the 43rd.
A walk though Magome-juku will transport you back to the Edo period, some 300 years ago. The area is known internationally as a place that retains the particular atmosphere of old Japanese posting stations. Visitors can hike a portion of the Nakasendo from Magome to Tsumago. This scenic trail is especially popular among overseas visitors who seek an authentic experience of traditional life. Nowadays it consists of a beautifully restored row of wooden houses along the former post road. Most houses were built in the mid-18th century by common people and therefore are nothing grant, just extremely interesting. The host shops, restaurants and little exhibition rooms, which makes a day trip to Magome both a relaxing and educative one.
Next Takayama. Takayama is located in northern Gifu Prefecture. It is most famous for the Sanno-machi Historic District and the biannual Takayama Festival, which has been designated as one of Japan’s most beautiful festivals. During the festival, intricately crafted festival floats are displayed in the city. The floats themselves are testament to the region’s history and are a chance to see the culmination of hundred’s of years worth of artistry and craftsmanship. The Takayama Festival is held in the spring and fall every year and is attended by thousands of visitors from all over Japan and the world. A working city that has retained its traditional charm, Takayama boats one of Japan’s most atmospheric townscapes and best-loved festivals. Its present layout dates from the late 17th century and includes a wealth of museums, galleries, and temples for a city of this size. Nowadays Takayama is famous for its well preserved old town dating back to the Edo period. One doesn’t visit Takayama seeking religious enlightenment, but rather a certain enlightenment related with design and architecture.
The old wooden houses hosting souvenir shops, restaurants and sake breweries are painfully charming, and walking along the little pedestrian streets is like stepping back in time. There is a wealth of details related to the daily life and Japanese traditions to be discovered here. It’s like the time stood still. There are many skiing resorts in the Takayama area, which are open during the winter months. The nearby mountains, such as Mt. Norikura are popular for sightseeing and trekking. Additionally the World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go is just a 50 minutes bus ride away.
Last is Matsumoto Castle. Matsumoto, situated almost right in the center of Nagano and known as the gate to the Northern Alps’ climbing routes, prospered as a castle town at the foot of Matsumoto Castle. The castle’s tower, a 5-story, 6-layer tower built in the Bunroku Period (1593-1594) is Japan’s oldest existing castle tower and is designated as a national treasure. In summer, the Taiko (Japanese drum) Festival and the Takigi-Noh (Noh play under torchlight) are held at the castle and attract many visitors.
Along the Nakamachi-dori Street to the south of the castle are many old merchant houses built in the ‘kura-zukuri’ style and warehouses built with ‘namako’ walls covered with square tiles jointed with raised plaster. The Matsumoto City Hakari-kan is a former warehouse of the Tanaka family, a weights and measures shop that was established in 1902 that now serves as a museum exhibiting a collection of measuring tools. The Old Kaichi School building is a western-style building built in 1876 and is open to the public as an education museum. To visit these places, you may want to take a Matsumoto city loop bus called ‘Town Sneaker’ which charges you a fixed fare to go to any of the stops along the route.
The large, green Joyama-koen Park, at an altitude of 800 meters, is where Dejiro, the guarding branch castle for Matsumoto Castle, used to be located. The view of the Northern Alps from the park is beautiful, and it is a famous cherry blossom viewing spot in spring. The neighboring Matsumoto City Alps Park has popular field athletic facilities, as well as the 630-meter-long Dream Coaster. The town of Matsumoto doesn’t stand out in any other way. But even so, the castle in itself it’s well worth the trip.
According the tourist who visit that place, visiting Matsumoto Castle is an interesting experience to say the least. Expect to have to take off your shoes at the entrance, sleep, and slippery stairs, low ceilings and dark interiors, Matsumoto castle is one of the four castles designated as National Treasures of Japan and the oldest castle donjon remaining in Japan.
That is about Japan. One day i hope i can go to Japan with my family. But i think Indonesia have the same place which more beautiful than Japan. We just need to keep all of the historical place. In order to that place can more famous like the place that i mentioned before.