30 reasons to go to Japan before you die

Making a bucket list of the things you should do before you die? Well, if Japan isn't on it, it should be! Japan isn't just about robots and cats - it has a lot to offer in terms of breathtaking scenery. This article introduces 30 amazing sights that are worth trying to attain before your time in this world is up. Keep reading to find out!

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[1] Hoshitouge Rice Terrace / Niigata

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The ''water mirror',' which you can see before spring, is a wonderful sight. The Matsudai area is well-known as one of the venues of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, which is held once every 3 years.

[2] Icicles of Misotsuchi / Saitama

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Icicles appear on the surface of a mountain that faces the Arakawa river.
During the "Otaki Ice Festival," icicles will light up and show us a whimsical landscape.

[3] Hida Great Limestone Cave / Gifu

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This cave was discovered in 1965. People can go in under 800 yards but there is another undiscovered area at 1,000 yards. It is said that 250 million years ago this was the bottom of the sea.

[4] Firefly Squid Spawn / Toyama

When firefly squid move close to coast, this phenomenon happens.
You can see this during the spawning season from March to May.
It normally happens at night when the sea is quiet without moonlight.

[5] Shirakawa-gō / Gifu

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In 1995, Shirakawa-go was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The area is lit up at night every weekend in July, every year.

[6] Blue Pond / Hokkaido

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The blue pond is a common name of this artificial pond which is in Hokkaido.
This pond's photograph was selected as part of OS X Mountain Lion's wallpaper package by Apple Inc.

[7] The Philosophy Tree / Hokkaido

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A poplar tree. People thought about how its stance looks so philosophical, and before long, people started calling it ''The Philosophy Tree''.

[8] Kawachi Fuji Garden/ Fukuoka

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You can enter this garden only in the spring and autumn seasons.
There is a wisteria trellis which is 80 yards and a wisteria tunnel that is 220 yards. The wisteria dome, wisteria trellis and mega wisteria trellis make up a total of 7314 yards squared.
Around the garden, there are about 700 maple trees and 18 of those are 70-80 years old.

[9] Mifuneyama rakuen / Saga

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This Japanese circuit style garden is in Saga, Kyushu, and was built in 1845.
You can enjoy 200,000 azalea, 5,000 cherry blossom trees, and 170 year old Japanese wisteria.

[10] ADACHI MUSEUM OF ART / Shimane

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This is part of a garden which is produced by the Adachi Museum of Art. The Adachi Museum of Art is popular because of its beautiful Japanese style garden and collection of Taikan Yokoyama's art work.

[11] The Pond of God's Child / Hokkaido

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The water is almost completely transparent, so you can see the trees lying at the bottom of the water. It depends on the weather, but you can see the water color shining a beautiful emerald.

[12] Takeda Castle / Hyogo

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Takeda castle was destroyed 400 years ago but the stone wall still exists in its original style.
Among Japan's castles, Takeda castle is regarded as one of the finest.

[13] Takachiho-Kyo / Miyazaki

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This valley's highest spot is 100 yards, its average height is is 80 yards and from east to west it is about 7500 yards.
There's a rental boat so you can see the Manai waterfall from the boat which gives you the experience of almost feeling a 17 yard drop with full impact.

[14] Suspension Bridges of the Sumatakyo / Shizuoka

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The suspension bridges of the Sumatakyo run 90 yards and their height is 8 yards.
It is located at the Ooma Dam Lake.
10 people can walk on the bridge at once. And, when many travelers gather at the bridge because of a holiday season, the bridge becomes one‐way traffic.

[15] Ogasawara Islands / Tokyo

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The Ogasawara Islands are a Tokyo Special Ward.
One way you can reach this islands is through a ship tour which takes 25 hours and 30 minutes from Tokyo. The ship only goes to the islands once in a week, but still the nature is wonderful and it's totally enough reason for you to go there.

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[16] Kouri Bridge / Okinawa

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This bridge is about 2,000 yards long and is the 2nd longest bridge in Japan. You can use this bridge for free.

[17] Nanatsugama Godan Falls / Yamanashi

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Nanatsugama Godan Falls is known as one of Japan's three biggest ravines.
As the name suggests, this waterfall cascades into several "pots", and its head is over 120 yards.
This waterfall was selected as one of ''Japan's 100 Best Falls''.

[18] Naruto Whirling Waves / Tokushima

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Naruto Whirling Waves is counted as one of the Top 3 Tides on Earth.
Above it, you can see the 1629 m-long beautiful bridge, Ōnaruto Bridge.

[19] Nabegataki Falls: Front / Kumamoto

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[19] Nabegataki Falls: Back / Kumamoto

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This waterfall is known as a representative example of a fall you see from the back.
It looks small from the front but a huge space exists in the back.

[20] Okoshiki Beach / Kumamoto

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This beach was selected as one of the Best 100 Beaches in Japan.
In Kumamoto prefecture, in Kyushu.

[21] Bicchū Matsuyama Castle / Okayama

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Bicchū Matsuyama Castle is at the top of Gagyu mountain.
And it is the highest spot which has a castle tower in Japan.

[22] Shimonada Station / Ehime

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Shimonada Station is one of the stations of the JR line.

You can see the huge sea of Iyo Nada from the station platform.

[23] Kurobe Gorge Railway / Toyama

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This valley has been elected as one of the Top 3 Best Valleys in Japan.
Around this idea is Unaduki Station which is located a peak of 224 yards. The best time to see the maple trees is from the beginning of November to the middle of November.

[24] Lycoris in Kinchakuda / Saitama

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The Kinchakuda area is the biggest place where lycoris are grown.
You can see this beautiful sight in every year from September to October.

[25] Shunan Complex / Yamaguchi

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This is the night view of the complex which is in the Shunan area of Yamaguchi Prefecture.
There are tours available so that you can enjoy the night view of the complex.

[26] Oya Stone Mining / Tochigi

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This is a museum where you can learn the history of Oya stone excavation.
Its width is about 20,000 square meters, the underground depth average is 30 meters, and the deepest part is 60 meters. Oya stone mining has a huge room and the mean temperature is around 8 degrees Celsius. There is also a church where you are able to get married.

[27] Akiyoshido Cave / Yamaguchi

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This cave is 100-200 yards underground.
What you can see in this photo is ''one-hundred plates'' which is famous throughout the world as travertine terraces.

[28] Night View from Inasa-yama / Nagasaki

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The night view from Inasa-yama (Mt. Inasa) is the best spot to enjoy Japan's night view.
It's has also been selected as one of the world's top 3 night views.
You can go to Mt. Inasa using the Nagasaki cable car.

[29] UNKAI TERRACE / Hokkaido

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Only the person who wakes up early during the summer in Hokkaido can have this beautiful experience.
Unkai (cloud sea) is possible to see only during very specific weather patterns.

[30] Yoshigaura Onsen Lamp no Yado / Ishikawa

This Onsen Yado (hot spring hotel) opened in 1578. Open-air baths and cave baths which face the beach are popular.

Did you enjoy it? How many did you already know?
Please share with us or to your friends about what your favorite grand sight in Japan is!

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The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.

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