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Japan Travel Where You See Fascinating Locations

Journey to Asia and visit fascinating Japan Travel locations.  Go where the old meets the new in some very interesting cities.  My travels have taken me to Japan frequently, and am excited to share my favorite locations and information.  This list is not conclusive but highlights the more interesting places.   My favorite times to visit Japan is in spring for the cherry blossoms and fall for the color changing of the leaves.  Let us take us a visit to the land of the rising sun and start with Kyoto one of my favorite cities.  Links are in green..


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Japan Travel Locations

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Kinkaku-ji “The Golden Pavilion”

Kyoto – Japan Travel Locations

A visit to the ancient city Kyoto takes one back in time with its 1600 ancient temples and 400 colorful shrines.    Kyoto was settled in the 7th century and it is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Make sure to see this quick guide on the temples to visit and choose.  Pick your favorite places to visit and start there.  The guide will give you the days open and hours of operation.  Many friends have commented on how happy their journey to Kyoto was with the information here.

  • Restaurants – Kyoto

Hafu Resturant for a mouth watering Kobe Steak Dinner.  My favorite location is the original restaurant with more of a Japanese flair.  Order a multi-course meal which is to die for.  Click the link for more information on days open and times of operation.

Man in the Moon Irish Pub Gion for a quick refreshing beverage before or after dinner.  If your interested in some quick pub food their fish and chips are very good.  Click the link for operating times, address and directions.  Cheers!

  • Hotel – Kyoto

Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel  a 5 star luxury hotel with nice semi-western style and a great location.  Comfortable rooms with Luxury amenities.  Located on a popular bus route with a pick up at the train station upon arrival.  See link for Hotel Restaurant and Lounge Information and amenities provided.

  • Location – Kyoto

Kyoto and can be reached by train.  The closest international airport is in Osaka.  Kyoto can be seen as a day trip from Osaka or as a starting place to begin your adventure.  There are a few types of trains running through Japan.  Make sure to stop by the Kyoto Tourist Information Center (TIC) on the 2nd floor to obtain information.  Ask for train times and I suggest to write down the times of departure for each town.  Each day will have different Departure time.

By Train service:  The JR Train from Osaka to Kyoto costs approximately Y540 and takes 30 min.  Another route would be Keihan and Hankyu Lines Express Trains which take 50 min and cost between Y390 and Y460.  They depart every 15 minutes from Osaka’s Yodoyabashi and Umeda Stations.

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Dotombori-dori (Shopping and Nightlife)

Osaka – Japan Travel Locations

The hustle and bustle of Osaka in the more modern city is host to many things to do.  Established in 1892 and divided into 2 regions the north referred to Kita and the south Minami.  Enjoy the 4 seasons and see the city come to life with its high end shopping to many Restaurants and Lounges.

Check out the many activities here in Osaka.  All it takes is a taxi or train ride to find your destination.  This quick guide gives you the fun and educational activities plus their location, train information, and times of operation.  My favorite thing to do while here in Osaka is book my hotel here to save money and do day trips.  Lots of places just a train ride away.

  • Restaurants – Osaka

Chibo Restaurant which is famous for its variety of tasty Okonomiyaki.  Do not be put off due to this restaurant size.  Go early and even better make reservations for dinner.  Your hotel can help you with that.  They are also open for lunch.

  • Hotel – Osaka 

InterContinental Hotel Osaka has the perfect location and more, which is one of my favorite places to stay.  With its larger western rooms, stylish and clean  plus restaurants.  Click the link for hotel information, bus directions from the airport and also the hotel amenities.  Located attached to a mall within walking distance through the mall to large train station.

  • Location – Osaka

Osaka has an International Airport.  Bus travel to downtown or hotels are available.  Ask information at the terminal Information desk (TIC).  The ladies there will get you all sorted out in English.  There are also taxi’s available but more expensive.

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Free Roaming Deer of Nara

Nara – Japan Travel Locations

Welcome to Nara and its friendly tame deer and fabulous temples.  A great day trip from Osaka easily accessible by train.  “Nara-koen” with its’ eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites is a place to see.  Nara was Japans’ first permanent capitol established in the year 710 and known for its famous artwork from the 8th century.

Nara is compact and easy to see in one day.  With the many temples, Nara Park, and Great Buddha click the link for information on operating hours and locations.  Also see some fantastic photos and video.

  • Location – Nara

Nara is located in the Kansai Region of Japan can be accessed by Train using the Japan Rail Pass that is bought before going to Japan.  Other alternatives to Nara is by JR lines and Kintesu Railway (private railway company) connects Osaka/Kyoto with Nara too.  I like to stay in Osaka and take the JR line from Osaka to Nara.  Very efficient.

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Miyajima Japan – Floating Red Tori

Hiroshima – Japan Travel Locations

My mournful trip to Hiroshima has left me more informed and with a few rays of sunshine.  There are many things to do here but I have listed only two to date and will update at a later time.

  • History of Hiroshima

Hiroshima is located farther north on the Island of Japan.  It is also the location where a nuclear weapon was dropped on Aug 6, 1945 by the United States due to an act of war by Japan of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  The world has changed and many positive things have come to light which is Peace.  I choose to focus only on a few activities here.

  • Activities of Hiroshima

Children’s Peace Monument located in the Peace Memorial Park which is very interesting place to visit and read the information signs.  The Children’s Peace Monument was inspired by Sadako Sasaki who developed Leukemia at the age of 11.  She decided to fold 1000 paper cranes which symbolizes longevity and happiness.  Unfortunately Sadako did not make her goal but her classmates help finish here goal and more along with children from around the world.  Such a beautiful and moving site.  Click on the link to see the beautiful cranes from children all around the world and for information on transportation there.

Miyajima Japan a 25 minute train ride from Hiroshima is a must see island.  See the beautiful floating red Tori and take the Ropeway up to Mt. Misen.  See wonderful temples, restaurants and also see the free roaming deer.  My suggestion is to go to the TIC information in the city your in and find out when high tide is in.  That is the best time to see the floating red Tori.   Click the link for more information.

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Japan Cherry Blossom Festival Schedule for 2017

Festivals – Japan Travel Locations

There are a few festivals in Japan which make your visit to Japan special.  Expect crowds, book in advance and have the time of your life.  Some of these festivals listed are from 2016 and 2017.  If you find a festival to visit that was last years it will be around the same time just do a quick research and find the new dates.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Festivals in March

Gion Matsuri Festival 

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Gion Kyoto, Japan

Tips for Japan Travel Locations

  • Good time to visit Japan is Spring and Fall
  • Currency in Japan is the Yen
  • There are four seasons in Japan
  • English is not widely spoken.  Have your hotel write down in Japanese where you would like to go.
  • Pick up a business card for your hotel.  This is a good reference for Taxi drivers to call if they do not understand you.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture
  • At each destination go to the TIC (Information Desk) where they speak english along with other languages.  Ask for maps, train times, train tickets and more.

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Beautiful serene garden and bridge in Kyoto, Japan

Other – Japan Travel Locations

Hope you enjoy my own personal  collaboration of Japan Travel Location articles all together in one place.  This will help you plan of your next asian trip to Japan.  For other adventure destinations visit 1AdventureTraveler.

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36 thoughts on “Japan Travel Where You See Fascinating Locations”

    1. Thanks Scarlett,
      Yes, Japan is such a wonderful experience with so many places to visit. You named my favorite things there, Kobe Beef, cozy hotels, and gentle deer. I love the culture and history there too. Hope you get a chance to visit someday 🙂
      Happy Travels 🙂

  1. Japan truly is fascinating! I loved every minute of it and I can’t wait to go back and explore some more. When would you recommend to use the Japan Rail Pass? We did quick calculations and the places we visited traveled came out cheaper by using the regular ticket options instead of Japan Rail Pass. I’m curious as to when the Japan Rail Pass would be the cheaper option.

    1. Hi Thrifty Trails,
      It depends on how many destinations your going to visit on your adventure if the Japan Rail Pass is worth the price. Maybe if your going from the northern region of Japan to the southern region with lots of stops and transfers would the Pass be cheaper. Research I found is the key. Lots of time on my 4 day hop overs I didn’t use a Japan Rail Pass, it was cheaper for me to purchase my tickets daily. Like you I would love to return again and explore so much more.
      Happy Travels 🙂

  2. Really comprehensive guide and you’ve nailed your suggestions for some of Japan’s coolest parts. I miss it so much but I will get to go back soon I am sure! Thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks Alexei,
      I did make this a comprehensive guide from all my posts put together. I have given so much advice on Japan Travels that thought this would be easier to view with links. I miss Japan so much too and am ready for a another visit 🙂
      Happy Travels 🙂

  3. Great guide Stephanie and such a useful list for someone like me who is awfully tempted to go to Japan ASAP. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks David,
      It is a comprehensive guide of all my article links and information. Hope this makes it easier for the traveler. Maybe You? Hope you get a chance to visit one day. I am ready for another visit.
      Happy Travels 🙂

  4. As usual Stephanie, you give a great detailed guide. I would love to visit all of these areas and especially things off the beaten path. I like your idea of grabbing business cards for the hotels, especially first visit. Pinned this for a future visit, it will come in handy!

    1. Thanks Lisa,
      I did make a detailed guide but there was so many places I wanted to share 🙂 The business card idea has helped me numerous times. Tip though make sure on your travels you don’t hand the taxi driver the wrong hotel from another country. lol…that caused us to get kicked out of a taxi in the rain/snow with no subway in sight with choice words that I didn’t understand. hahaha. Always an adventure but a great tip.
      Happy Travels 🙂

  5. Great tips. I really enjoyed my solo trip to Japan and always fancied returning to see a little more of the place. Their culture is fascinating and there plenty of history to be seen.

    1. Thanks Barry,
      I agree the culture is fascinating and loaded with lots of history. I agree with you that another visit would be great to see more of Japan.
      Happy Travels 🙂

    1. Hi Shona,
      I hope you get a chance to visit some of the places in my article 🙂 There is so much history in Japan that I heard that if you keep going to Kyoto you will always find a place you have not visited yet.
      Happy Travels 🙂

    1. Hi Carmen,
      That would be great to visit Japan as a future trip. There is so much to see and do. I have fun immersing myself into the culture and attempt to learn about the cities I like to visit. Hope this blog gives you good suggestions on where to visit.
      Happy Travels!

  6. There are some good tips here to visit cities other than Tokyo which is exactly what I need to do! I really want to visit the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine in Kyoto, I keep seeing pictures on Instagram and must go! I guess I could go in cherry blossom season next year!

    1. Thanks James,
      The Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine on the outskirts of Kyoto is soooo amazing. Best time to photograph is early in the morning when they open. If you go for cherry blossom season it is crazy busy but beautiful. I usually like to go right when the blooms are opening before the crowds arrive into the cities. Looking forward to reading your blog on Japan when you visit.
      Happy Travels 🙂

    1. Thanks Paul and Carole,
      Glad you like my guide to my favorite cities in Japan. Hope you get a chance to visit Japan and see some amazing places.
      Happy Travels 🙂

  7. Great guide to Japan with lots of useful tips! It´s on my bucket list, so thanks for sharing! I was surprised you mention English could not be enough to move around wherever you go… haven´t thought about it! but you´re so right – it´s always better to have all addresses written down, just in case ! Pinned #feetdotravel

    1. Thanks Anna,
      Hope you get a chance to visit Japan and see some amazing places. Yes, grab and hotel card with address and phone number or Resturant or Activity information written down in Japanese. Oh, and City Destinations in Japanese too. That would have been helpful when we hopped on the wrong train. lol. Some places here and all over the world, some taxi drivers may not speak English or read. This way the phone number is there to for them to call or address there for them to find.
      Happy Travels 🙂

  8. Wow this is such an informative post! I’ve always wanted to travel Eastern Asia so Japan is on the list! How long would you recommend staying in Japan to visit all of these places and make the most of them? Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Annalise,
      Train travel is a great way to get around Japan. Kyoto 3 days or more is good. Osaka 2 days or more if using as a hotel location for day trips into Kyoto and Nara. Nara in 1 day. Hiroshima is up north and takes time by train. I spent 1 day at the Peace Memorial Park and 1 day on Miyajima Island home of the floating Tori. This is just a rough estimate and of course spending more days in one place is a lot of fun. Happy Planning your trip.
      Happy Travels 🙂

  9. Hey look guys, Japan is already top of my travel bucket list thanks to your blog posts (and others I have read recently) so you can stop making me so jealous with your amazing adventures! Seriously though, this is a great guide that gives me the info I need for when I do visit so have pinned this to my Japan board. Thanks for sharing. #feetdotravel

    1. Thanks Angie,
      Yes, you need to visit Japan soon, it is only a few countries up from where your traveling now 🙂 Happy you pinned this guide that includes my favorite places to visit with links back to my articles that have more information.
      Happy Travels 🙂

    1. Hi Elaine,
      I was an expat wife in S.Korea and Japan was just a quick flight away. I was able visit many times. Expat life does have its challenges but also advantages by immersing ourselves into the culture. I loved the adventure and my many travels to Japan.
      Happy Travels 🙂

  10. Good article. I like how simple it would be to go back and get advice about certain places. I also like how you have highlighted some key points – like getting a hotel business card in case you need help and language is an issue.

    1. Thanks Nicole,
      Happy you liked my advice on Japan. Yes, I always try to remember to grab a hotel business card in all the countries I visit. That has saved many difficult problems with taxi’s.
      Happy Travels 🙂

  11. I can’t wait to visit Japan! Not sure when but one day! I will pin this as this is invaluable information for planning a trip! I definitely want to see the cherry blossom so guess springtime will be when we visit! Great post so much fab information!

    1. Thanks Tracy,
      Happy you pinned this for when you are able to visit Japan. You will be in awe in some of the places in my article. The cherry blossoms blooming and falling from the tree is just like snow and amazing! Anytime spring time is beautiful.
      Happy Travels 🙂

  12. Great post! Thanks for all the information. 🙂 Mr. Nerd and I are eyeing Japan pretty seriously right now as our next big trip abroad after Europe this year, but we haven’t done much research yet so this is excellent! I would love to go to Kyoto and Nara, especially for the deer. I’ve heard they’re so so friendly! 🙂

    1. Hi Anna,
      How exciting your thinking of visiting Japan. The links in the blog lead you to my articles for more information. The deer at Nara are friendly but look out if you have food or packages. They love to eat your bags. lol. You can buy food to feed them which is so much fun!
      Happy Travels 🙂

  13. Would be nice to go to Japan one day and really explore. If I go it’ll be for 3-4 weeks, there’s so much to see and no way I could go for less than that! Plus, I want to go to Okinawa as I was born there! #feetdotravel

    1. Hi Lolo,
      I have always wanted to visit Okinawa and am sorry I missed my chance to visit. How awesome your from Japan. I will have to look for a blog from you when you visit on Okinawa.
      Happy Travels 🙂

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