Mount Fuji - The mystic symbol of the Land of Sakuras


Known as one of the Three Holy Mountains of Japan, the towering majestic Mount Fuji is 100 kilometers from its capital Tokyo, and is an alluring destination for anyone who loves exploring. Having a perfect conical shape, its summit is surrounded by pure white snow all year round, looking like a spectacular ink wash painting gifted by God. Far from just the symbol of Japan, this site is also a sacred place for Shintoists and Buddhists to make a pilgrimage.


Every year, millions of tourists flock here to admire the majestic beauty of the mountain, conquer its peak or just simply seek inner peace. With a moderate climate and diverse landscapes, tourists can partake in interesting activities here like hiking, visiting shrines and temples, bubble bathing or simply admiring the majestic beauty of Mount Fuji at dusk and dawn.


Mount Fuji - Japan’s cultural symbol

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine - The thousand Toriis leading the sacred pathway


Known as the “gateway to heaven”, Fushimi Inari Taisha - the most sacred of all Inari shrines in Japan - has become a cultural symbol and an unskippable destination for tourists when stepping foot on the Land of Sakuras. Stepping through thousands of colorful red-orange Torii gates, the tourist will wander into a mystic spiritual world. Each gate bears a profound spiritual meaning, symbolizing the transition from the mortal world to heaven. The shrine’s traditional architecture with an ancient and majestic beauty further highlights the place’s formal atmosphere. Tourists can explore the tracks leading to Mount Inari, threading their way through green forests and cathedrals, where the shrine’s mysterious stories and long history are kept. 


Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine - The entrance to a mystic world

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium - The polychromatic marine paradise


Situated on the poetic shores of Motobu peninsula, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is like a precious pearl hiding itself within the vast ocean, and is an unskippable destination for those who love exploring the ocean. Rebuilt in 2002, Okinawa Churaumi is currently one of the world’s largest and best aquariums, inhabiting over 740 sea creatures full of colors. 


Entering the aquarium, you will be in awe with the colorful scenery of the coral reef and giant tropical fish tank, where tourists can witness colorful fish schools swimming around, corals showcasing their beauty under the glittering light. The journey of exploring the ocean will lead you to an area reserved for other creatures like giant sharks, facile turtles, or unique freshwater fishes. Not just a genuine place for sightseeing, Okinawa Churaumi is also a place where tourists can find out about the diverse and rich marine ecosystem, raising their awareness on marine environment protection.


The miraculous journey under the sea at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Tokyo Skytree broadcasting tower - Admiring the Land of Sakuras from high above 


Situated in the center of the vibrant Tokyo capital, the Tokyo Skytree towers like a symbol for Japan’s modernism and significant development. With an impressive height of 634 meters, Tokyo Skytree has officially become the highest structure in Japan and the second-highest in the world, attracting tourists across the world to visit. Entering Tokyo Skytree, tourists will be astonished by the tower’s modern and unique architecture. With its design taking inspiration from the traditional crescent image of Japan, combined with delicate lines, Tokyo Skytree brings a majestic and elegant beauty. 


Tokyo Skytree - A symbol of Japan’s tokyo

Tokyo Imperial Palace - The majestic heart in the middle of magnificent Tokyo


Towering in the heart of the vibrant capital of Tokyo, Tokyo Imperial Palace is the evidence for Japan’s long-standing history and culture. Used to serve as an Edo palace, where the powerful Shoguns lived, this place now is the Japanese Royalty’s living and workplace. The solid stone walls and surrounding moats create a majestic and magnificent beauty for the palace. Its intertwinement of ancient and modern traits are expressed through meticulously cared gardens, carefully cut star pines, bringing a peaceful and quiet atmosphere, dramatically contrasting the hustle and bustle outside. 


Tokyo Imperial Palace - A peaceful oasis in the middle of the city

Japan - the land of unique cultural traits, majestic natural landscapes and hospitable people - is always a dream destination for tourists worldwide. With these 5 outstanding sites, MGI Magazine hopes you have “pocketed” useful information for your next journey to the Land of Sakuras. Make yourself a detailed plan, prepare carefully and get ready for the miraculous experiences in this island country!

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