Top 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan

Japan, a country at forefront of technology is very rich in its history, culture and traditions. It is a very humble country where you will experience a lot of respect and good manners. The big cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima are one of the beautiful cities in Japan which leaves visitors spell-bound. Known as Land of the rising sun, the towns and streets are so well-planned in this country that you ought to visit Japan once. This country boasts of numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites in Japan which add to the charm of the place. They not only represent the rich history of Japan but also symbolize the natural beauty of the place.

Let us have a look at some of the top UNESCO World Heritage sites in Japan.

Itsukushima Shrine

The Itsukushima Shrine in the island of Miyajima is nicely located in the sea and supported by its well-known floating torii gate. In the evening hours after sunset, the shrine and the torii gate are beautifully illuminated. Cruises along the island shall take the tourists through the torii gate and around the shrine. If you are there during high tide, you will feel as though the shrine and torii gate are floating in the sea.

Buddhist monuments in Horyu-ji Area

Buddhist monuments in Horyu-ji Area include 48 buildings, many of which were built during 7th and 8th centuries. These monuments symbolize the spread of Buddhism in Japan and are one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world. Horyu-ji Temple which is a part of the UNESCO world heritage site is home to great Japanese artwork. What is striking here is the 11-faced statue worshipped by several Buddhists who visit the temple.

Hiroshima peace memorial

The Hiroshima peace memorial is one of the most symbolic and historic UNESCO World heritage sites in Japan. This structure was the only left structure after devastating explosion at Hiroshima in 1945 during World war 2. It has been nicely preserved since then and sends a strong message of world peace. The atomic bomb dome here is maintained here to continuously remind us about the destructive powers of a nuclear bomb and strongly discourages to stay away from them. A few surrounding buildings and a set of phoenix trees are preserved around the Memorial since the bombing to remind us about those times. You can walk through the Peace Memorial Museum which is very informative and chronologically takes you through the events. Spend a day here to get glimpses of history which was a turning point that finally led to the closure of the destructive war.

Shiretoko Peninsula

Shiretoko Peninsula which has wonderful national park is recently recognized as UNESCO world heritage site. It has a rich biodiversity and wildlife. Take a boat ride from Utoro Port to explore the tall cliffs and beautiful waterfalls. Kamuiwakkayu water-fall which is a steam waterfall is one of the highlights at Shiretoko. The five Shiretoko-Gok lakes known popularly as five jewels are a treat to visit. The site is home to many peculiar marine species such as sea-lions.

Sacred place of Fujisan

The sacred place of Fujisan, the snow-laden mountain has been a great source of inspiration for artists not just in Japan but around the world. This place is not too far from capital Tokyo, one of the best cities in Japan. During olden times, Buddhism spread through this region with Shinto elements. Many scenic waterfalls, shrines flock the base of this site. For hikers, it takes around 6 around to climb up till the peak of Mount Fuju. This historic cone-shaped mountain is one of the most popular sites in Japan for tourists and offers many picturesque views.

So what are you waiting for? Get ready to be enthralled by the great culture of Japan and visit the top UNESCO World Heritage sites in Japan.

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Mekala Sai Karthik Reddy

After completing his M.B.A in 2012, Sai the wizard beyond the blog, Sticky Rice & Beer was never interested to find a day job at the desk but instead set out to explore the world. 5 years later Sai has become one of the top travel bloggers in India and inspired many Indians to get away from desk jobs and become a digital nomad.

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