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Top 15 Landmarks of Japan

With more than 3000 important landmarks throughout Japan, from modern cities such as Tokyo and Kyoto, and beautiful scenery like Mount Fuji, to the historic village of Shirakawa-go, the famous Fushimi Inari shrine, and Naoshima art island, the country has blended together history, tradition, religion and modernity.

Often you will find century-old temples and brand-new skyscrapers staring at each other in the same area. The country also has some amazing natural sites, a few of them even being on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visiting historical monuments and landmarks will help you understand how Japan’s culture has emerged.


  • Visiting Japan will help visitors understand its culture, religion, traditions, history and social dynamics.
  • As Japan’s capital city, Tokyo offers a complete travel destination for both, traditional and modern style, including historical buildings, skyscrapers, and shopping districts.
  • Kyoto has well-preserved examples of traditional Japanese architecture, and it beautifully highlights the country’s culture and religious traditions.
  • A number of other features, like holy shrines and art institutions, are also worth a visit.
  • Twenty-two of Japan's historic buildings, temples, and natural areas have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Imperial Palace in Tokyo

Shibuya Crossing

Tokyo Skytree

The Great Buddha (Daibutsu) in Kamakura

Mount Fuji and the Five Lakes

Historic Village of Shirakawa-go

Jigokudani Monkey Park

Gion Machiya and Ishibei-koji Lane

Kinkaku-ji: The Golden Pavilion

Fushimi Inari

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Himeji Castle

The A-Bomb Dome at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima

The Floating Torii of Itsukushima Shrine


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Explore Japan with Asia Highlights

Feel free to contact Asia Highlights’ staff to get the best recommendations for Japan’s landmarks. Every region of Japan has its own unique sights and features. Whether you prefer to enjoy nature, culture, art, or even modern experiences in Japan, we can guide you to meet your needs. Don't hesitate to contact us!

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