Japan is a tourist hotspot. It has several iconic sites that attract tourists from all over the world to visit, such as Mt. Fuji, Fushimi-Inari Shrine, Shibuya, Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree, and so much more. However, Japan still has a lot more to offer to its tourists – some places are not as known as the previously mentioned but are as equally beautiful, and worth visiting when you are in Japan.
- Uminonakamichi Seaside Park
If you find yourself in Fukuoka, Japan, the Uminonakamichi Seaside Park is a must-visit. It is a public park composed of different areas such as flower gardens, a water park, a zoo, a playground, and places for picnics. The park is a perfect place for flower-viewing with a variety of flowers blooming for different seasons.
- Sand Dunes
Sand dunes are not something you’d expect to see in Japan. If you are looking some sand adventure in Japan, you can visit the Tottori Sand Dunes in the Tottori Prefecture in Japan. Horse and camel rides are available to its visitors, and sports such as sand boarding and paragliding are also offered.
Japan has a number of festivals for different occasions. One of its most popular festivals is the cherry blossom festival which is celebrated all over Japan during spring. However, there are other festivals tourists can see. One such festival is the Tejikara Fire Festival, celebrated in Gifu in the months of April and August. It is a festive event where bells are heard, men dancing while carrying a portable shrine while sparks of fire shoot out from the shrine is seen.
- Small Towns
The first thing that tourists visit in Japan is its urban areas such as Tokyo and Osaka. There are so many things to visit at these urban areas that sometimes, Japan’s charming small towns are overlooked. There are things in Japan that you can only see in their small towns such as the preserved old town in Takayama, with houses dating back to the Edo Period. While some towns have places those are considered as a UNESCO Heritage Site.
- Kenrokuen Garden
The Japanese love their nature. Kenrokuen Garden is a landscape garden found in Kanazawa, Japan. If you are up for some strolling around, you can admire the different trees and plants, arranged to make a stunning landscape. The garden is perfect for all seasons, showing a different beauty for spring, summer, winter, and fall.
- The Blue Pond
Just located outside a hot spring town in Hokkaido is the Blue Pond (Aoiike). While there is nothing much to do here, as it was not exactly built for tourism purposes, people could admire the stunning blue color formed by the dissolved minerals in the water. The shade of blue it wears depends on the weather and season, which is why each visit can be a different experience to those who visit.
These are just some places that are not usually visited by tourists and there are countless more things to see in Japan. If you are able to stay for a long time in Japan or even get the opportunity to visit Japan more than once, going to places other than tourist hotspots is a way to discover and understand more about the Land of the Rising Sun.