Traveling to Japan alone is not as daunting at it may seem even if you do not know how to speak the language. The country is a solo-friendly destination with plenty of fascinating facets begging to be explored. From awe-inspiring historical and cultural landmarks to the unique and quirky contemporary attractions, Japan has an overabundance of fascinating things to see and do. Not to mention the most beautiful places that will leave you even more enchanted with the country. Here are just a few of the most stunning spots and where to find them.
1. Fushimi Inari Taisha (Kyoto Prefecture)
The Fushimi Inari Taisha (Fushimi Inari Taisha) is one of the most popular sites in Kyoto. This important and iconic shrine is dedicated to the Shinto god of rice Inari. It is famous for the thousands of vermillion torii or traditional Japanese gates that form a maze of tunnels.
2. Itsukushima Shrine (Hiroshima Prefecture)
Located on the island of Miyajima, the Itsukushima Shrine dates back to over a thousand years and is best known worldwide for its “floating” torii.
3. Kiso Valley (Nagano Prefecture)
The picturesque Kiso Valley boasts of breathtaking natural scenery and historic post towns. It is home to an ancient trade route. Some of the area’s top attractions are the Nakasendo Trail and the old post towns of Magome, Narai, and Tsumago.
4. Lake Kawaguchiko (Yamanashi Prefecture)
Lake Kawaguchiko is one of the five lakes that sit at the foot of Mount Fuji. It is also one of the best spots for an awe-inspiring view of Japan’s sacred and stunning mountain.
5. Takeda Castle (Hyōgo Prefecture)
Known as The Castle in the Sky, the ruins of Takeda Castle appears to float on a sea of clouds when viewed on a foggy, cold morning. The best time to see this otherworldly beautiful sight is during the autumn months, especially in October or November.