Here are some of the interesting sightseeing spots you cannot miss out on during your visit in Japan. Picrumb shows you the easier and faster ways to get to those places by showing the photos of streets with arrows and texts!
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Step into the narrow streets of the red lanterns and neon signs, so called yokocho alleys, where you can find yourself back in the 70s of Japan. In such exotic and retro ambience of the Showa times, you may find many hidden Yakitori and ramen shops, the izakayas and bars where you can also find many locals chilling out drinking beers and Japanese sake. Yokocho is definitely one good place to experience the deeper understanding of the localness of this country.
If you are visiting Harajuku street by any chance, you might as well take few more steps to stroll around Meiji Jingu. You may find peace in your mind at a quiet shrine with cedar trees especially after walking around the busy crowded city of Harajuku. The architecture of Meiji Jingu is very elegant and beautiful. It may be a good place to give yourself a moment to take a deep breath and relax.
Harajuku Street (Takeshita Dori) is one of the best places in Tokyo to find interesting fashion clothes and accessories at very affordable
prices and a popular place to see dressed up youngsters in amazing costumes on weekends. You may also find many shops for Crepe (sweets) around this area while enjoying watching the most updated
fashion trend among teenagers in Japan.
Often featured in the media and movies, Shibuya Scramble Crossing is one of the most famous intersections in the world where you could see
hundreds and thousands of people from Shibuya Station to the Center Gai and vice versa in one green light. The number of people crossing in one green light occasionally reaches as much as
3000. The view from the higher point where you could find the huge crowd that looks like a human wave is simply astonishing.
When you got tired of walking the long distance, it may be a good idea to have a seat in a cafe (North Observatory)
and have a cup of coffee while enjoying the great panoramic view of Tokyo. Enjoy the outstanding view of the great city for free of charge!
Shinjuku Gyoen is considered to be one of the most important gardens from Meiji era that has a size of 144 acres of 3 distinctive styles (French, English and Japanese). It is so big that you may not be able to walk around to see everything in one day but considering it is only 200 yen for the admission fee, it may be one idea to come back next day. The gardens are simply magnificent and worth to watch especially the beautiful Japanese gardens with a fine specimen of traditional architecture.
The imperial palace, where Emperor and Empress in Japan reside, is located on the former site of Edo Castle where you can also find the beautiful traditional Japanese gardens that are worth to see. The classic view of the large park surrounded by the moats and stone walls right in the middle of the bustling metropolitan city are simply stunning. The place is accessible from the JR Tokyo Station which takes about 15 minutes by walking.
As you may have experienced before, JR Shinjuku Station is like a huge maze for the foreigners. So for those who need support to reach the bus station (BUSTA) in Shinjuku, please click on below links. Also if you need support to reach West to East or East to West Exit, also click on below links.
How to reach Shinjuku Bus Station from JR Shinjuku Station
How to reach Shinjuku West from East Exit & East from West Exit in JR Shinjuku Station
Enoshima is one of the nearest, touristy places to visit from the heart of Tokyo which only takes about an hour from the Shinjuku Station by train. There are many websites and guide books that introduce this island with full of exciting attractions including the Enoshima aquarium, shrine, beaches, spas and even the caves, so we all know how exciting the place is just to walk around while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Sagami Bay. In Picrumb, we focus on introducing some of the best local restaurants by showing the directions in pictures in this island where you can enjoy having the exceptional Shirasu Donburi which is the most popular food around this area and also introducing some of the good places to chill out to have a drink after walking a long distance!
Kinkakuji is a Zen Buddhist temple built by shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga in 1397 during Muromachi era which is considered to be the golden age of the Japanese garden design. As soon as you come across the pond, you will find the most beautiful architecture of its time where you would also realize the pine trees lending even more charm to the Golden pavilion that visionary reflecting to the pond. The atmosphere of the Zen world in Kinkakuji is indeed stunning although it may seem just a little bit difficult to reach the stage where one can be free of all thoughts and desires in such touristy atmosphere as there are masses of people around it. Nevertheless, the Golden Pavilion in the garden is simply a perfection of beauty which transcends description. It is no doubt one of the most valuable places to visit in Kyoto.
When the Japanese use the expression "to jump off the stage of Kiyomizu", it means "to take the plunge" in English. It is currently strictly prohibited to do so which may sound a little bit strange but more than 230 people actually jumped off the stage few hundred years ago during Edo period, when it was believed that one could make the wish come true by praying to the Goddess of Mercy while jumping off the stage. Of those desperate jumpers, 85% of them survived (70% of them were women), but this is how the Kiyomizu Temple was strongly worshipped by the locals and how it became widely well known in Japan. It was founded in 798 but the current buildings were constructed in 1633 by Shogun Iemitsu Tokugawa. The interesting part of how they constructed this building at the cliff was that they never used the nails in the entire structure to make the building much more stronger and quake resistant. It is indisputably one of the most interesting UNESCO World Heritages in Japan where you can also enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of the city of Kyoto.
Nijo Castle, which has been chosen by the UNESCO as a World Heritage, is one of the most valuable historical sites of Ancient Kyoto. The castle was founded by Ieyasu Tokugawa 400 years ago
who ordered all the feudal lords in Western Japan to contribute to the construction of the castle during Tokugawa Shogunate. Step inside the castle to look for the beautiful arts that are
very rare to see from the ancient time. You would be amazed of their beautiness that has so much sophisticated thoughts and deepness put into every detail. The astonishing scenery of
the Japanese garden that sits quietly next to the castle is also something very worth to see. The way the garden creates such atmosphere somehow makes people calmly speechless. When
you are visiting Kyoto, make sure not to leave the area without visiting Nijo Castle.
The Umeda Sky Building, also known as Floating Garden Observatory, is a 360-degree magnificent view from 40F, 173 meters off the ground where you can feel the wind directly. On sunny clear days, you may be able to see as far as Awaji Island and Akashi Bridge. The spectacular views of the Osaka city through the windows or from its open air deck is just breathtaking. The tower was built using the "Lift up construction method" by constructing the floating garden on the ground and lift it up by wire. It's method was used for the first time in the world and was also highly rated by many experts. Since then it was selected as the "TOP 20 BUILDINGS AROUND THE WORLD" along with Parthenon in Athens and Colosseum in Rome.
If you had a chance to visit Dotonbori, why don't you stretch your legs to walk around Hozenji Yokocho which locates at right next to Dotonbori street. The narrow, stone-paved lane in Hozenji makes you feel like you are in back in good old days of Osaka in Showa period. The place has many small shops and food and cafes lined on both sides of the pathway. It is fun just by walking around especially at night where you can find all the beautiful lanterns that create the mysterious oriental atmosphere. Hozenji Yokocho is also famous for Fudo Myo Ou (fierce Buddhist deity) statue which is known as Mizukake Fudo in Osaka.
Kuromon Ichiba Market (黒門市場)
The Kuromon Ichiba Market which used to be called Enmeiji Market (Enmeiji is a big temple nearby), has a total distance of approximately 600m with more than 150 shops. Most of the shops in Kuromon specialize in very high quality vegetables, seafood, meat, etc and the varieties of both local and foreign ingredients. The place is fun and exciting just by walking around watching the energetic sales staffs keeping themselves super busy. You may sit at the counter tables at the small shops to have their fresh seafood or sit at the public place where it is open for everybody to have lunch. More than 150 years, the Kuromon Ichiba Market was a popular Daidokoro (kitchen) and long loved by the chefs and housewives in Osaka.