Offbeat Destinations in Japan Worth Exploring
The land of the rising sun beckons countless curious travelers to its shores every year. With a tradition of constant reinvention, Japan never fails to surprise and enchant. Known for its delectable food, a distinct culture and a rich history, it offers sights and experiences at every turn. Besides the touristy things to do, Japan has quite a few interesting treasures for offbeat travelers too. If you plan to do more than just visit historical sites tuck into Japanese delicacies, try some of the interesting activities listed below to spice up your trip!
Mount Fuji and Hakone Tour
This dormant volcano which is revered by the Japanese is fondly known as Fuji-san. Viewing the sunrise from the top of the mountain is an ethereal experience though the climb can be gruelling. The Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine is located at the foothills and is the venue of an annual Samurai festival. When in the area, do visit Hakone, a place which is famous for its hot springs resorts and iconic views of Mt. Fuji.
Timing: Open for climbing from July to early September
Kyoto & Nara Tour
These tours are a great opportunity to explore World Heritage Sites like Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-jji Temple, and Nara Park. The Nijo Castle dates back to the mid-17th century while the temple makes for a picturesque setting with its wooden architecture, pure gold layering, and a tranquil pond. The Kyoto Imperial Palace which housed Emperors until 150 years ago, Todai-ji Temple with its bronze Great Buddha, and Kasuga Taisha Shrine are other prominent attractions that you must not miss.
Timing: You will need a full day to cover these places.
Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park
Located in Nagasaki, this park is modelled on the Netherlands during the Middle Ages and features copies of old Dutch buildings. There are restaurants serving up cuisines from across the world along the streets of the theme park alongside rides and adventure activities. A skating rink, carousel, carriage tours, duck tours, the house of horrors, and chocolate mansion are just a few of the attractions.
Timing: 9 am to 9.30 pm
Bullet Train Ride From Nagasaki to Osaka
When in Japan, taking a ride on a bullet train is something that must be experienced. Also known as Shinkansen trains, these can travel at speeds up to 320 km per hour. The journey from Nagasaki to Osaka will take about 5 hours.
Timing: Frequent departures
Standing tall at the heart of Japan’s capital city is the Tokyo Tower at a height of 333 meters. The main observatory, however, is at a height of 150 meters and affords some great views of the entire city. The special observatory, meanwhile, is another 100 meters up and on clear days, visibility can be excellent offering views of Mt Fuji in the distance. Souvenir shops, cafes, and an indoor amusement park are located in the vicinity.
Timing: 9.00 am to 11.00 pm
Nikko National Park
Situated on Honshu Island, this park straddles four prefectures. A great place for some rejuvenating treks, it is perfect for a day trip from Tokyo. There are plenty of shrines and temples including a UNESCO World Heritage site. Billowing waterfalls, gurgling rivers, and lakes to explore to your heart’s content.
Timing: Daytime is best especially if you are not familiar with the area.
If you believe in living the experience rather than just seeing something, then you are sure to come across plenty of interesting opportunities in Japan.