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TOP 30 popular tourist destinations in Japan

“TripAdvisor”, a travel web site, has released their ranking of the “Top 30 most popular tourist destinations in Japan among foreigners in 2014″. It’s based on reviews written in languages other than Japanese between April 2013 and March 2014.(In Japan, business and school terms usually start from April.)

Where do you think is the most popular destination?
Let’s start from No.30.

30. Shinsaibashi:Osaka City, Osaka

(Photo by iris on Flickr)
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29. Nishiki Market : Kyoto City, Kyoto

(Photo by Banzai Hiroaki on Flickr)
Official web site :


28. Toyota Commemorative Museumof Industry : Nagoya City, Aichi

Toyota Commemorative Museum
(Photo by Tomo on Flickr)
Official web site : (Eng, Chi, Kor, Thai, Jpn)


27.Video Game Bar Space Station : Osaka City, Osaka

Video Game Bar
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26. Kaiyuukan Aquarium : Osaka City, Osaka

(Photo by VARDIGA on Flickr)
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25. Asakusa : Taito-ku, Tokyo

(Photo by Ryosuke Yagi on Flickr)
Official web site : (Eng, Chi, Kor, Jpn)


24. Shibuya Center Street : Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

(Photo by ajari on Flickr)
Official web site :


23. Dotonbori : Osaka City, Osaka

Dotonbori & Guriko
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(Check this post “Osaka Quest:Dotonbori and Hozenji “ to know more about Dotonbori.)

22. Nara Park : Nara City, Nara


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21. Jigokudani Yaen-Koen : Shimotakai-gun, Nagano

(Photo by Brian Jeffery Beggerly on Flickr)
Official web site : (Eng, Jpn)


20. Meiji Jingu Shinto shrine : Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

(Photo by vr4msbfr on Flickr)
Official web site : (Eng, Jpn)


19. Mori Art Museum : Minato-ku, Tokyo

(Photo by Antonia Hayes on Flickr)
Official web site : (Eng, Chi, Kor, Jpn)


18. Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum : Nagasaki City, Nagasaki

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
(Photo by David Lisbona on Flickr)
Official web site : (Eng, Chi, Kor, Jpn)


17. Nijo Castle : Kyoto City, Kyoto

Nijo Castle
(Photo by Shubert Ciencia on Flickr)
Official web site : (Eng, Jpn)


16. Robot Restaurant : Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Robot Restaurant
(Photo by Cory Doctorow on Flickr)
Official web site : (Eng, Jpn)


15. Kenroku-en : Kanazawa City, Ishikawa

(Photo by David Hsu on Flickr)
Official web site : (Eng, Chi, Kor, Jpn)


14. Arashiyama Monkey Park : Kyoto City, Kyoto

(Photo by Andrea Schaffer on Flickr)
Official web site : (Eng, Jpn)


13. Sanjusangen-do : Kyoto City, Kyoto

(Photo by Kyoto-Picture on Flickr)
Official web site :


12. Matsumoto Castle : Matsumoto City, Nagano

Matsumoto Castle
(Photo by Kabacchi on Flickr)
Official web site : (Multilingual)


11. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium : Motobu Town, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
(Photo by cotaro70s on Flickr)
Official web site : (Eng, Chi, Kor, Jpn)


10. Naritasan Shinshoji Temple : Narita City, Chiba

(Photo by Manish Prabhune on Flickr)
Official web site :


9. The Hakone Open-Air Museum : Hakone Town, Kanagawa

(Photo by Kentaro Ohno on Flickr)
Official web site : (Eng, Chi, Kor, Jpn)


8. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden : Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

(Photo by Taichiro Ueki on Flickr)
Official web site :


7. Kiyomizudera Temple : Kyoto City, Kyoto

(Photo by Sam Ng on Flickr)
Official web site : (Eng, Chi, Kor, Jpn)


6. Mount Kōya(Kōya-san) : Koya town, Wakayama

(Photo by Cyril Bèle on Flickr)
Official web site :


5. Todai-ji Temple : Nara City, Nara

Official web site :


4. Kinkaku-ji : Kyoto City, Kyoto

(Photo by Luke Ma on Flickr)
(Photo by Luke Ma on Flickr)
Official web site :

(Check this post “Golden Pavilion “ to know more about Golden Pavilion.)


3. Itsukushima Shinto Shrine : Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima

(Photo by Guwashi999 on Flickr)
Official web site : (Eng, Chi, Kor, Fre, Ger, Jpn)


2. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum : Hiroshima City, Hiroshima

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
(Photo by takato marui on Flickr)
Official web site : (English)


1. Fushimi Inari Shrine (Fushimi Inari Taisha) : Kyoto City, Kyoto

Fushimi Inari_2
(Photo by Terence Lim on Flickr)
Official web site :

The most popular spot is “Fushimi Inara Shrine” in Kyoto, which is very famous for “Thousand Torii”. (In fact, there are almost ten thousand torii now.)
(Check this post “How to distinguish shinto shrines from buddhist temples.” to know more about torii and shrines.)
Many historical locations in Kyoto and modern places in Tokyo are ranked among the top 30. I guess foreign people are curious about both modern and traditional Japan. Also, I assume that the reason why destinations related to atomic bombs attract many tourists is because they wish for world peace. (Exhibits in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum will be changed in 2015.)

How many of these locations have you been to or you already know?
Are there any spots you want to visit?
Or any other destinations you are interested?

Share us your experience!

References URL : Trip Advisor

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