The Best Cities In Japan For The First Time Visitor

Dense cities in Japan, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines & temples, makes this Far East Country what it is today. Whole country is well connected through Shinkansen bullet trains. Famed for its sky rise building, shopping centers and pop culture is the capital city Tokyo.

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Here are the six cities in Japan you should not miss during your next trip to this oriental country.


The busiest of all, the Tokyo city is a blend of the ultramodern with the traditional. The city boasts from neon-lit skyscrapers to ancient temples. On one hand we have The Imperial Palace sitting amidst large public gardens and on the other surrounded by the woods is the opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine known for its towering gate.

Of the many museums, a range of classical art exhibited at Tokyo National Museum to the reconstructed kabuki theater at Edo-Tokyo Museum gives a pure cultural insight.


Situated on the Japanese island of Honshu, Osaka is a of of the largest port cities in Japan and the country’s commercial centre. Known for its modern architecture and hearty street food the city is sustains a bustling nightlife.

Surrounded by a moat and park is the city’s main historical landmark, Osaka Castle, a 16th-century shogunate that exhibits varied museums and gardens. Among the Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines is Sumiyoshi-taisha, set in a scenic setting with a peaceful garden.


On the island of Honshu is the city of Kyoto. Famed are the city’s numerous classical Buddhist temple, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses along with the gardens.

Taking about food Kyoto’s traditional kaiseki dining, consisting of multiple courses of precise dishes is itself an experience to have. A historical temple of Kinkaku-ji, mountainside Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine and the Tō-ji Buddhist temple are sights to be at. For you love the abode of nature take a stroll in the Arashiyama or take the Philosopher’s Walk lined by the cherry blossoms.


Famous for its skiing and annual Sapporo Snow Festival featuring enormous ice sculptures is Sapporo, the capital of mountainous island Hokkaido.

Also famous for bear, The Sapporo Beer Museum is where one can trace the brewing history or take a stroll in the beer garden and also hop on the wine tasting tours. Some of the top sights include iconic Sapporo Clock tower, historical village of Hokkaido and the Hokkaido Shrine. Apart from this one can relish the aerial views by hoping on the Mount Moiwa Ropeway.


In the south of Tokyo is this city of Yokohama that is bustling with its hundreds of Chinese restaurants and shops. It’s also known for the seaside Minato Mirai district, site of the 296 m Landmark Tower atop which one can enjoy 360 degree views of the city. Sankei-en Garden is a botanical park where Japanese residences from different eras are kept preserved.

Apart from this one can enjoy the sea life show at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise or visit the Cup noodles Museums. Also don’t miss the harbor views from the Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris wheel. If you are animal lover then do visit the Zoorasia that features animals in the open habitats.


This city in the central Honshu is all about entertainment. The city’s Naka ward is all about museums and pachinko (gambling machine) parlous to the Sakae entertainment district, with attractions like the Sky-Boat Ferris wheel, which is attached to a mall. Featuring Edo-era artefacts and exhibits is the partly reconstructed 1612 royal home, Nagoya Castle in north Naka.

A journey though the lands of this oriental nation is all about the bustling cities in Japan with at par use of technology, traditional cuisine and entertainment brimming your tour. Once in town the essence of Japanese cultural is felt to be present all around and is something one should savor it.

Mohit Agarwal

Mohit Agarwal is a civil engineer by profession & started travel blogging to share his experiences while traveling to new places without any planned itinerary, as it adds up to more adventure & exploring more about the city. He also loves photography to capture natural views with no or minimal filters.

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