Japan, an island nation of incredible culture, architecture, and technology, is a “bucket list” destination for many people. Planning a trip to a country with as many sights to see as Japan can be a daunting task. Below are my ten favorite photos from my visit to Japan. I spent most of my time in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima, so my photographs will come from those locations. I hope you enjoy “Buzzin’ Around Japan in 10 Photos!”

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Photo #1 - The Kinkaku-ji Temple - Kyoto, Japan

Kikaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
The Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Located in Kyoto, Japan, the Kinkaku-ji Temple (also known as the Golden Pavilion) was originally the home of a noble Japanese businessman.  After his death, it was converted to a temple.  The current version is a replica of the original and was rebuilt following a fire in 1955.  To learn more about the Kinkaku-ji Temple, click HERE.

Photo #2 - The Senbon Torii of the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine - Kyoto, Japan

My Favorite Photo of the Senbon Torii at Kyoto's Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
The Senbon Torii Walk of the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

A Senbon Torii is a row of torii gates.  These gates are located near the entrance to Shinto Shrines.  The Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto, Japan, has 1,000 Senbon Torii lining a pathway to the top of Mt. Inari.  To learn more about the Senbon Torii, click HERE.

Photo #3 - The A-Bomb Dome - Hiroshima, Japan

A-Bomb Dome
The A-Bomb Dome

Located in Hiroshima, Japan, the A-Bomb Dome is one of the most somber places in the entire country. During World War II, the US dropped atomic bomb exploded about 500 meters above the A-Bomb Dome. The bomb caused the complete destruction of the surrounding area, with only the A-Bomb Dome surviving. Today, it serves as a memorial to those who died. To learn more about the A-Bomb dome, click HERE.

Photo #4 - Shibuya Crossing - Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya Crossing
Shibuya Crossing

Known as the “Time Square” of Japan, Shibuya Crossing is popular for its “scramble” crossing.  One must cross Shibuya Crossing at least once to fully appreciate the sheer number of people.  To learn more about Shibuya Crossing and to support a fellow blogger’s page, click HERE.  

Photo #5 - The Floating Torii - Miyajima Island, Japan

Floating Torii
The Floating Torii

Tourists flock to Miyajima Island to see the floating Torii, which is the gateway to the Itsukushima Shrine. During high tide, the Torii appears to float on the water, and the shrine fills with water. When the tide is low, visitors can walk out to the torii. To learn more about the Floating Torii, click HERE.

Photo #6 - The Iwatayama Monkey Park - Kyoto, Japan

Iwatayama Monkey Park
Two Japanese Macaques at the Iwatayama Monkey Park

Many people visit the Arashiyama Area of Kyoto, Japan, to see the Bamboo Forest. While the forest is beautiful, my favorite Arashiyama Area destination is the Iwatayama Monkey Park. The park is located at the top of a hill and features hundreds of Japanese Macaques in their natural habitat. Visitors can even feed the monkeys by entering a fenced-in area. To learn more about the Iwatayama Monkey Park, click HERE.

Photo # 7 - The Telecom Center - Tokyo, Japan

Telecom Center
The Telecom Center

Japan has many different famous buildings featuring extreme modern architecture. One of my favorites was the Telecom Center, which is located in the Odaiba Area of Tokyo. When photographed from the nearby bridge, the Telecom Center appears to be three-dimensional. To learn more about the Odaiba Area of Japan, click HERE.

Photo # 8 - The Tokyo Sky Tree - Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Skytree
The Tokyo Sky Tree

The Tokyo Sky Tree is the second-tallest structure in the world after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa (as of November 2020). The highlights of the Sky Tree are multiple observation decks on floor 350 and 450. If you visit the Sky Tree at night, be sure to bring a tripod. To learn more about the Sky Tree and to see pictures from the observation deck, click HERE.

Photo #9 - The Seats of the Shinkansen's Green Car

Shinkansen Green Car Seats
A Green Car Seat on the Shinkansen

The Shinkansen is a famous Japanese high-speed train, which can serve as the main method of transportation between Japanese cities.” Traveling at a speed of close to 200 miles per hour (320 km per hour,) the high-speed train is often more efficient than flying. There are multiple classes on the Shinkansen, including the premium Green Car. To learn more about the Shinkansen, click HERE.

Photo #10 - The Togetsu-kyō Bridge - Kyoto, Japan

Togetsu-kyō Bridge
The Togetsu-kyō Bridge

The Arashiyama Area of Kyoto is less modern than many other parts of Japan. Visitors can relax by walking along the Katsura River and visiting the small family-owned shops that line the streets. Be sure to cross the picturesque Togetsu-kyō Bridge, which will provide great photography opportunities. To learn more about the Arashiyama Area of Kyoto, click HERE.