Itsukushima Shrine

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)
Fushimi Inari Taisha torii
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)
Itsukushima Shrine
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 and Mount Fuji
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)
Takeda Castle
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.

Dongchuan Red Land

The world is filled with interesting, extraordinary, and unique places. Some are known to many while others remain hidden, waiting to be discovered by more people. Coming up with a list of unusual and weird things to see and do may be a challenge given the numerous wonders out there. But here are some of the strange sights in the world that you may want to see and experience in your travels.

1. Aogashima Volcano, Tokyo, Japan
What makes this unusual: A double volcano – i.e. an island that is a volcanic crater where another volcano sits; isolated and accessible only by boat or helicopter, home to roughly 200 residents,
Village in a volcanic island, lush forests and breathtaking views, stunning view of the night sky from the island

2. Aokigahara, Fujikawaguchiko, Japan
Aokigahara Forest
What makes this unusual: Famously known as Japan’s suicide forest, sometimes referred to as Japan’s Demon Forest or Suicide Forest; hundreds of confirmed deaths

3. Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina
What makes this unusual: A picturesque village that sits beside a river that looks surreal, home to a historical Tekija or Dervish monastery

4. Cat Island, Ishinomaki, Japan
What makes this unusual: The island of Tashirojima where the cat population outnumbers the human residents, popular destination for cat lovers and the curious

5. Dongchuan Red Land, China
Dongchuan Red Land
What makes this unusual: An extraordinary sight of red land made even more colorful by green vegetation, the reddish brown color is attributed to the iron and copper deposits the area is known for

6. Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California
Glass Beach
What makes this unusual: Known for its colorful sea glass, an area that used to be a dump site

7. Hoia Baciu Forest, Romania
Hoia Baciu
What makes this unusual: Also referred to as the Haunted Forest or the Bermuda Triangle of Romania; as the latter suggests, the place has been associated with several disappearances of people who have gone missing, stories of UFO sightings also abound

8. Jacob’s Well, Texas, USA
What makes this unusual: A 30-foot deep underwater cave, swimming hole or “well” that is not for the faint of heart or weak swimmers

9. Kryziu Kalnas, Šiauliai, Lithuania
Kryziu Kalnas
What makes this unusual: Hill Of Crosses, roughly 100,000 stand in this place where locals used to go to mourn the dead who were victims of war

10. Leap Castle, County Offaly, Ireland
Leap Castle
What makes this unusual: Said to be one of the world’s most haunted castles, stories surrounding the castle include it being a place of many gruesome murders and horrifying slaughters in the past, associated with a phenomenon called “The Elemental”

11. Rock-cut tombs in Myra, Lycia, Turkey
Rock-cut tombs in Myra
What makes this unusual: Rock tombs located in the ancient Lycian Myra, a stunning necropolis

12. Son Doong Cave, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam
Son Doong Cave
What makes this unusual: The Hang Sơn Đoòng is a massive cave; some of the attractions within the cave include a lush jungle and a river, a cave that is said to have its own climate

13. The Catacombs of Paris, France
Catacombs of Paris
What makes this unusual: A massive ossuary located underground, home to millions of skeletal remains, some refer to it as the city of the dead

14. The Door to Hell, Derweze , Turkmenistan
Door to Hell
What makes this unusual: An abandoned gas field, continues to burn after it has been set on fire more than 40 years ago

15. Wulingyuan, China
What makes this unusual: Home to several quartzite sandstone pillars many of which are over 600 feet in height, sits in the midst of stunning landscape with breathtaking natural scenery, attractions include the Bridge Across the Sky and the Bridge of the Immortals