8 stunning little-known tourist destinations in Japan

In addition to the ancient historical castles, colorful areas of cherry blossoms, Japan also owns many other places equally attractive but not everyone knows.

Mount Koya 

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Mount Koya (south of Osaka) is the cradle of Shingon Buddhism founded over 1,200 years ago by Kobo Daishi, one of the most important monks in history. Kongobu-Ji main temple is located on the top of the mountain, and more than 100 other temples are scattered around. Guests can choose to stay overnight at some temples after exploring the mysterious space here. 

Noto Peninsula 

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The Noto Peninsula located in Northern Ishikawa possesses many beautiful beaches and natural landscapes that are hardly affected by modern life. Tourists come here to enjoy quiet space, relax with fishing, swimming, and camping, or freely explore the life of the people of Wajima city on the peninsula. 

Kiso alley 

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The Kiso alley was the old Nakasendo trail, one of the five paths of the Edo period connecting Edo city (present-day Tokyo) with the ancient capital of Kyoto. At that time, the road was where the travelers rested and exchanged information after long journeys. Part of this path still exists today, between mountains and forests. 

Kenrokuen 

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As one of Japan's three most beautiful gardens, Kenrokuen features charming country scenery, unique trails, a traditional teahouse and hundreds of beautiful plants. The garden was open to the public from the end of the nineteenth century, exuding a distinctive seasonal beauty. 

Matsumoto 

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Matsumoto is one of the few ancient Japanese castles intact so far. The building was built in 1504, before being expanded in the late sixteenth and early eighteenth centuries, featuring a unique architecture consisting of three overlapping towers. Visitors can visit the castle on all days of the week, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. 

Nachi fall 

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Nachi with a height of 133m is the highest single fall in Japan. The fall is located next to the Nachi Taisha Shinto temple, which is more than 1,400 years old, one of the few religious sites, including Buddhism and Shinto. 

Sagano bamboo forest 

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Sagano bamboo forest in Arashiyama district (western suburbs of Kyoto) exudes a magical beauty as the sun shines through the leaves, making the roads between bamboo forest more poetic. The forest with millions of bamboo trees creates a green space, full of quiet and completely separate from modern life. 

Blue pond 

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Blue pond located in Hokkaido, famous for its clear turquoise waters, reflecting trees around. This is an artificial project of the anti-erosion project to protect the area from the mud from the nearby Tokachi volcano. The blue color of the pond is made up of natural minerals dissolved in water. 

By: Scarlet Johnson

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