Japan Tourism & Vacations 2016 (HD)
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Japan, known as Nihon or Nippon (日本) in Japanese, is a nation of islands in East Asia
See in Japan
When most Westerners think of castles, they naturally think of their own in places like England and France however, Japan, too, was a nation of castle-builders. In its feudal days, you could find multiple castles in nearly every prefecture.
Because of bombings in WWII, fires, edicts to tear down castles, etc. only twelve of Japan’s castles are considered to be originals, which have donjons that date back to the days when they were still used. Four of them are located on the island of Shikoku, two just north in the Chugoku region, two in Kansai, three in the Chubu region, and one in the northern Tohoku region. There are no original castles in Kyushu, Kanto, Hokkaido, or Okinawa.
Japan is famous for its gardens, known for its unique aesthestics both in landscape gardens and Zen rock/sand gardens. The nation has designated an official “Top Three Gardens”, based on their beauty, size, authenticity (gardens that have not been drastically altered),and historical significance. Those gardens are Kairakuen in Mito, Kenrokuen in Kanazawa, and Korakuen in Okayama. The largest garden, and the favorite of many travellers, is actually Ritsurin Park in Takamatsu.
Rock and sand gardens can typically be found in temples, specifically those of Zen Buddhism. The most famous of these is Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto, but such temples can be found throughout Japan. Moss gardens are also popular in Japan and Koke-dera, also in Kyoto, has one of the nation’s best. Reservations are required to visit just so that they can ensure the moss is always flourishing and not trampled.
Regardless of your travel interests, it’s difficult to visit Japan without at least seeing a few shrines and temples. Buddhist and Shinto sites are the most common, although there are some noteworthy spiritual sites of other religions, as well.
Buddhism has had a profound impact on Japan ever since it was introduced in the 6th century. Like shrines, temples can be found in every city, and many different sects exist.
Horyuji Temple in Horyuji, just south of Nara, is the world’s oldest wooden structure. The beautiful Phoenix Hall in Uji is seen by most visitors to Japan on the back of the ten yen coin, if not in real-life.
Shintoism is the “native” religion of Japan, so those looking to experience things that are “wholly Japanese” should particularly enjoy them as they truly embody the Japanese aesthetic. The holiest Shinto Shrine is the Grand Ise Shrine, while the second holiest is Izumo Shrine, where the gods gather annually for a meeting. Other famous holy shrines include Itsukushima Shrine’ in Miyajima, Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, the Kumano Sanzan, and the Dewa Sanzan. Kyoto also has many important historic shrines, such as Shimogamo Shrine, Kamigamo Shrine, and Fushimi Inari Shrine.
Do in Japan
Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossoms Spots
Climb the 3776 meter Mount Fuji, an icon of Japan.
Take a walk amidst thousands of cherry blossoms in Yoshino
Ascend Mount Aso to see one of the world’s largest calderas
Visit the snowy peaks of the country’s largest national park, Daisetsuzan.
Climb the 2446 stone stops of the holy Haguro mountain through an amazing primeval forest.
Soak in the hot springs of Japan’s Onsen Capital, Beppu.
Go River rafting in some of the last wild rivers in Japan in the Iya Valley
Ski the world famous powder of Hokkaido or in the Japan Alps.
Overnight in one of the holy temples of Mount Koya.
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Forget traditional tourist attractions such as museums, historical architecture or unique natural landmarks, the hit of this Halloween season is the so called “Dark Tourism“ which takes travelers to macabre attractions and disturbing experiences. Dark tourism (sometimes also known as “black tourism“ or “grief tourism“) has been defined as tourism involving travel to sites historically associated with death or tragedy. From a haunted Chilean cemetery with open graves to a creepy suicide forest in Japan, check out these 25 dark tourism sites that will give you the spine-chilling feel just by seeing them on your screen.
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Check out the physical list here – http://list25.com/25-dark-tourism-sites-you-wont-want-to-spend-a-night-at/
And now, for the the dark preview:
Costa Concordia Shipwreck, Italy
Suicide Forest, Japan
Babenhausen Barracks, Germany
Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada
Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, Rwanda
Riddle House, Florida, USA
Ground Zero, New York, USA
Leap Castle, Ireland
Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic
Okpo Land, South Korea
La Noria Cemetery, Chile
London Dungeon, England
Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, California, USA
Island of the Dolls, Mexico
The Ridges, Ohio, USA
Somme battlefields, France
Choeung Ek, Cambodia
Auschwitz concentration camp, Poland
Bran Castle, Romania
Stull Cemetery, Kansas, USA
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