10 BEST places to visit in Japan

Hi everone! 🙂 Today i will speak about the most famous place in Japan, this are the places you have to visit!

Let’s make clear: Japan is one of the most visited travel destinations in the world. Visitors can get a glimpse of the Japanese history and culture. They can also get to know the new technical developments and have a vision of the future. Almost every historical bulidings are used as their original purposes while it can be visited by the tourists. Besides, Japan has the lowest crime rate, which makes it ideal for travelers. Here are the most popular places to visit in Japan

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial serves as a memorial to the people who were killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. The monument in the park shows the Genbaku Dome, the only buliding that stands still after the atomic bombing.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Jigokudani Monkey Park

The Jigokudani Monkey Park is near to Nagano, which is rich in hot water springs. The name („Hell’s Valley”) comes from the hot water and steam, surrounded by terribly cold forests. The monkeys come from the forest to have a bath in the hot spring, then they go back to the safe forest at night.

Kyomizu- dera 

Kyomizu – dera is a Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. Its history goes back to 798. There is an indoor waterfall, thanks to the river next to the temple, which makes harmony between the temple and the nature. They did not use a single angle to build it. While the local people jumped from the terrace, hoping that their wishes will come true (85.4% of them survived), the turists can see the exhibited relics, talizmans and work of arts without risking their lives.

Kyomizu dera 

Kyomizu- dera

Himeji Castle

The Himeji Castle is the greatest example of the Japanese architecture. It’s been rebuilt in the past centuries so every eras’ style can be seen.
It survived the bombing of World War II and it also apperas in a James Bond movie, You Only Live Once. Its white colour and implementation are reminding us to a bird, that’s why they often call it White Heron Castle.

The Great Buddha of Kamakura

The monument represents Japan’s most famous buddha figure, Amida Buddha. This bronze statue is 13 metres high and is approximately weighs 93 tons. Supposedly, it stands since 1252.

Todaiji Temple

The Todaiji Temple is located in Nara.  It is not only the world’s biggest wooden building, but the world’s biggest bronze buddha statue can also be found here. It is surrounded with beautiful gardens and wildlife. The Kegon school of Buddhism is situated here too. The place hides a lot of artifacts of the japanese and buddhist history. Deers are free to go anywhere at the era as the messengers of the Shinto gods.

Todaiji Temple

Tokyo Tower

The Eiffel Tower was the inspiration to build the tower, and it is 11 metres higher. This is the second largest man-made building in Japan, it functions as a communication and observation tower. Tourists can go on top and see the beautiful view of Tokyo or they can go shopping or have a meal in a restaurant.

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Imperial Palace

The emperor of Japan lives in the palace. It is also an administration center and a museum of the Japanese art and history. The palace stands on ruins of former castles, that were destroyed by fire or wars.

Fuji

Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3776 metres. The vulcano is Japan’s well-known symbol, it is often used in arts and in photographs and it is also a great tourist atraction.
About 200 thousands of people climb the mountain per year, 30 % of them are tourists. It takes about 3-8 hours to go up and about 2-4 hours to go down.

Mount Fuji Japan

Mount Fuji Japan

Golden Pavilion

The Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion is the most popular tourist attraction of Japan and Kyoto. The pavilion was originally the villa of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu at the end of the XVI. century.
Unfortunately, the pavilion was burnt down by a young monk in 1950. 5 years later the building was rebuilt as the perfect copy of the original and covered it in gold.

How to make sushi at home?

You don’t have to order sushi from expensive restaurants all the time, you can make it for yourself at home. It won’t be easy, but it’s definitely worth it!

If you decide to make sushi at home, be very calm and patient and watch at least 2 different videos on the Internet about the making process. The rice, if you’re making it right, will be very sticky.  It’s important to have a water pot next to you so you can make your hands wet! Be careful, the nori doesnt’t like water! Your knife should be very sharp! Good luck in making your maki sushis!

sushi at home

You can make sushi yourself

Ingredients

25 dkg short grain rice
3 dl water
3 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoon sugar
1 spoon salt
1 pack of Nori
1 bamboo roll
1 cucumber
1 red pepper
10 dkg raw tuna
10 dkg raw salmon
wasabi powder or paste
marinated pink ginger
soy sauce

Preparation

1. Wash the rice with cold water until the turbidity of the water is gone. It takes about 8-10 water exchange. Put the rice into a pot and pour enough water to cover it all then cover the pod and boil it over on slow fire.

2. After it boiled, take the pod off the fire and let it rest for 15 minutes. Mix the rice vinegar with salt and sugar in a bowl and add the rice vinegar to the hot rice. Only a quarter for first, then mix it. Repeat it until you’re out of vinegar. Put aside and cool it down!

3. Cut the cucumber lenghtwise into eight pieces. Cut its ovary out and make a long straight line exactly the size of the nori. Make the pepper the same way.

4.  Before using the fish, put it in the freezer for 24 hours so the prasites inside them die. Get the aristas out of the fish and cut it into the thickness of your little finger, of course, without the skin! If the wasabi is powder mix it with a little water and make it into a plastic-like mass.

5. Put a half arc nori to the bamboo roll. Kepp your hands wet and put 2-3 tablespoon sushi rice to the middle of the nori and spread it evenly, but leave approximately 1-1,5 centimetres at the top and at the bottom of the nori. (it’s necessary for the rolling process)

6. Put the vegetables and/or meat to the rice in longitudinal direction (you can also add wasabi if you like it). After that, start to roll the nori with the help of the bamboo and pay attention to the rice to be tightly closed at both sides.

7. While carefully rolling, squeeze the roll a bit so that the role in making won’t fall into pieces, but be careful to not pusht it way too hard. After rolling it, remove the bamboo.

8. With a wet and very sharp knife, start to slice the sushi rolls to equal slices. Be careful to slice it straight so it won’t collapse.

Enjoy your meal!