The Wonders of Japan

Attractions of Japan

Jigokudani Monkey Park

This park is a famous hot spring area near Nagano. The name Jigokudani ("Hell's Valley") is named due to steam and boiling water bubbling out of the ground. It is famous for its wild Snow Monkeys that show up during the colder parts of the winter season.


This ancient Buddhist temple is located in Eastern Kyoto and can be traced back as far as the year 798. An indoor waterfall fed from the outside river keeps the temple in harmony with nature, and not one nail was used during its construction.
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Himeji Castle

The Himeji Castle is considered the best existing example of Japanese castle architechure. It was made to defend against enemies during the feudal period, but it has been rebuilt many times throughout the centuries and reflects the different design periods. It survived the bombings of World War II and is frequently seen in domestic and foreign films, including the James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice".

Tokyo Imperial Palace

The Emperor of Japan makes his home at the Tokyo Imperial Palace. It also functions as an administration center and museum to showcase Japanese art and history. The palace is set on the ruins of older castles that were destroyed by fire or war, and architects have honored the past by incorporating design elements of the different eras into the modern palace.
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Sushi Saito

Located in Akasaka, across the street from the U.S. embassy, Sushi Saito is widely regarded as one of Tokyo's top sushi restaurants. While the spotlight may currently be on Sukiyabashi Jiro for many visitors to Japan, it's important to remember that there are many other fish in the sea. Master sushi chef Takashi Saito has worked hard to earn his three Michelin stars, and the fact that his establishment has only seven seats and is located in a parking garage hasn't deterred diners from seeking out a meal here — a relative steal, considering the quality.
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