Here’s a thing about Japan: no matter how long you’ve lived here, or how many times you visited, there will always be something new to discover and be amazed by. As small as it might seem, Japan is a treasure trove of amazing places and experiences. With a full-time job, it is hard to explore all the time, but I feel like I managed to cover all typical touristy spots in Japan, and then some. It would be very hard to pick the favorites as I liked each place more than the other. Having said that, there are so many other destinations I’d like to explore. That’s why I decided to put together a list of amazing places to see in Japan, which will serve me as a “vision board” of sorts and hopefully become an inspiration to you when you plan a trip to Japan.

Sapporo Ice Festival & Ski Resorts in Hokkaido

Snow Monkey Onsen in Jigokudani

Zao Fox Village

Shirahone Onsen in Nagano Prefecture

Takaragawa Onsen in Gunma Prefecture

Dogo Onsen on Shikoku Island

Meoto Iwa in Mie Prefecture

Motonosumi Shrine in Yamaguchi Prefecture

Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa

Good Morning Kanazawa. #kanazawa #ishikawa #japan #discoverjapan

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Mount Yoshino covered in Cherry Blossom

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Stay in Hoshinoya Fuji Hotel with View of Mt. Fuji

Kurashiki Village in Okayama Prefecture

Naoshima Island

Uji (known for its exceptional macha tea)

#japan #greentea #matcha #foodporn #teaporn

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Ine Fisherman’s Village

Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival

Tateyama Snow Wall at Alpine Route

Whoo! Made it!! #tateyamasnowwall #excited #立山 #室堂 #富山

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Kamikochi

2017/11/05 上高地

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Postal Towns in Kiso Valley: Magome, Tsumago & Narai

Our Sunday departure to Japan is fast approaching, and I'm starting to look past all the work to be done before we leave and forward to second trimester travels with @matthewlud. Last spring was a time of massive transition in my life, and this year feels the same. My body is changing more every day. All I can think about is becoming a mother. I dream about her at night. My emotions and health are unpredictable. And all of it is a path, the only way is forward. It's the only way there's ever been. Every day each one of us makes an incredibly brave leap into the unknown of that 24 hours, largely without even realizing it. Existing at all is a bold move. Give yourself credit for being on the journey. No path is an easy one. #localmilkabroad | photo taken in Tsumago, Kiso Valley, Japan March 2015

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Ouichijuku Postal Town

Kawachi Fujien Wisteria Tunnel in Kitakyushu

#KawachiFujien #Garden

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Tsugaru City in Aomori Prefecture

Aomiri

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Kurokawa Onsen on Kyushu Island

Takachiho Gorge on Kyushu Island

Kyoto in Summertime

#kawadoko season just ended….see you next summer! #kibune #kibuneshrine

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Lavender Fields in Furano, Hokkaido

Fall Colors in Aomori Prefecture

Sand Dunes in Tottori Prefecture

Miyakojima Island, Okinawa

🎍 あけましておめでとうございます。 2018年1枚目はみんな大好き17ENDです。 今年は宮古島で大集合しましょう。 ・・・ おすすめタグ #最強コンディションの海 ・・・ Location:Okinawa Japan ・・・ Canon EOS 1DX Mark Ⅱ Canon EF24mm F1.4L Ⅱ USM Canon RAW ・・・ #tokyocameraclub #instagramjapan #team_jp_ #ig_today #natgeo #natgeotravel #japan_daytime_view #lovers_nippon #praiasexoticas #ig_asia #キタムラ写真投稿 #日本の絶景 #日本の風景 #nature_special_ #bestnatureshot #ig_skyline #奥行き同盟 #広がり同盟 #colors_of_day #photo_shorttrip #s_shot #けしからん風景 #ig_photostars #beokinawa #visitjapanjp #unknownjapan #art_of_japan_ #bestjapanpics #loves_okinawa

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Morinji Temple in Gunma Prefecture Littered with Tanuki Statues

Fish Train in Wakayama

Quite a list, huh? And can you believe all of these stunning places are located in one country? I’m sure I missed tons of other captivating places. Hopefully, it inspires you to go off the beaten path in Japan and discover what this beautiful country has to offer. As for me, not sure how many of these spots I’ll be able to tick during the nine months I have left here, but at least I’ll always have a reason to come back.

Have you been to any of these destinations in Japan? Is there anything you’d add to the list?

xoxo, nano

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Amazing Places to visit in Japan

Written by Nano @ Travel With Nano B.

Welcome to my site! I'm Nano, a serial expat trotting the globe to discover wonderful places and savor the gastronomic treasures of the world. Via Travel With Nano B. I'm spilling my love for travel and detailing my international culinary adventures one lil' blog post at a time. Currently based in Japan, I'm on a quest to explore this magnificent country and share my unique insight with you all. Worldly adventures, gourmet discoveries, cultural experiences, wanderlust photography, savvy travel tips - find it all on my page. Needless to say, I am thrilled to have you here reading!

28 comments

  1. Niho daisuki desu! I revisited my love for Japan and was actually inspired by your Kyoto posts, so I now look to you as my “inspiration board” for all things Japanese! I was supposed to go to Okinawa and artists’ island this month but my schedule wouldn’t allow it (I had to also turn down an Indian wedding in Jaipur, gahhhh), I hope you visit there soon so I can live vicariously through you! x

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    1. Oooh, lovely, your comment made my day. I’m so glad you had a wonderful time in Kyoto. Isn’t it a very special place. Bummer that you couldn’t make it to Okinawa (and Indian wedding!!), but hopefully you’ll have plenty of other chances to go. I hope I’ll make it down there again too. xx

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  2. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to go to Japan, although it is definitely on my list and has been for a long time. But this is going to be a great resource for when I (someday) visit!

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