Places to Visit in Japan


Beautiful, mysterious, intriguing – Japan is a country that will truly capture your heart forever! Here are just a few places that will leave you wanting to see and experience more of Japan.


Osaka Castle

Known as the “Venice of the East”, Osaka is undoubtedly one of the most modern cities in Japan, with countless impressive examples of modern architecture. This world class city has many cultural institutions, from superb museums and art galleries to ultra-modern entertainment, theatres, and music venues. Places of interest include: Osaka Castle a masterpiece of Japanese architecture; Sumiyoshi Taisha, one of the oldest shrines in all of Japan; and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan one of the world’s largest public aquariums. Osaka is also home to some of Japan’s friendliest people and best food, in fact, the Japanese have bestowed a special term upon the city called “kuidaore”, which means “to ruin oneself by extravagance in food”.


Zen Garden near Dazaifu

You can truly enjoy the best of both worlds when visiting Fukuoka – explore the vibrant city centre and relax in the tranquil parks and on the scenic waterfront. Getting around is quick and simple using the JR Kyushu trains, a private train line and three subway lines.  Here you get a little of everything you might expect in Japan – the ancient temples and zen gardens at nearby Dazaifu, the hi-tech gadgetry on sale in the Tenjin district, or the craft-loving communities around the Itoshima peninsula to the west. Visit Fukuoka Asian Art Museum the only gallery in the world dedicated exclusively to modern and contemporary art from Asian countries or relax in the cat and owl cafes.



Less crowded than other cities in Japan and more laid back, Nagoya beckons you to take your time and explore all that it has to offer. You’ll discover a wealth of museums, ancient temples, mouth-wateringly delicious diverse cuisine, cultural attractions and as much shopping as you can handle! The people are friendly and the transport system is one of the best in the world – so it’s easy to find your way around. Here the best of technology and tradition exists side by side, so make sure you visit the robot workforce at the Toyota Plant; see exhibits of the country’s finest aristocratic collection from the 14th to 18th centuries at the Tokugawa Art Museum; go to Atsuta Jingu, the Shinto shrine where dozens of festivals and ceremonies are held annually; and take a walk around the Noritake Garden which is run by the renowned pottery manufacturer “Noritake”.

This article was published in the March 2016 issue of Inspire Living Magazine. Download it here!