7 Japanese Spots to See Outside Tokyo

by Holly Riddle

Feb 11, 2019

Nikko, Japan viewed in the autumn from Chuzen-ji Temple complex.

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  • Headed to Japan? There’s no need to follow the crowd and stick to one of this year’s most-hyped destinations, Tokyo. Here are seven Japanese spots to see outside the capital. © Sean Pavone | Dreamstime.com
  • The beautiful Hakone shrine with its red lanterns and gate is a must-see and Hakone is only a short daytrip outside Tokyo. Other sites for your itinerary include the local hot springs and Lake Ashi, as well as the spectacular views of Mount Fuji. © Pablo Hidalgo | Dreamstime.com
  • Immerse yourself in Japanese tradition. In Kanazawa, guests want for nothing, as the island destination is filled with historic architecture, teahouses, temples, markets and gardens. © Ramillah | Dreamstime.com
  • Spend as much time outdoors in Nikko as possible. The mountainous area includes Nikko National Park, which boasts beautiful views at every angle regardless of the season. Other points of interest include the Toshogu Shrine. © Sean Pavone | Dreamstime.com
  • Don’t miss the towering bamboo gardens in Kamakura. Less than an hour from Tokyo, the destination offers multiple temples and beaches and its most famous site is the Great Buddha of Kotokuin. © Wangyf1983 | Dreamstime.com
  • For a winter getaway, Shirakawa-go is a great choice. The historic Japanese village is known for its large, thatched-roof farmhouses created to withstand the area’s heavy snowfall. © Nengoo1 | Dreamstime.com
  • Naoshima is known for its art scene and one of its most famous pieces is this giant pumpkin sculpture. Beyond the galleries and sculpture gardens, add the James Bond museum to your itinerary. © Anthony Shaw | Dreamstime.com
  • In Yokohama, guests never run out of things to do or sites to see. There are museums catering to nearly every interest or taste, an amusement park, Japanese gardens and plenty of shopping. © Tupungato | Dreamstime.com
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