10 Top Cities to Visit in Japan on Your First Trip

There are so many exciting top destinations in Asia, but we highly recommend you to visit Japan once in your lifetime to fully experience the world.

This article will introduce the top 10 cities to visit in Japan on your first trip!

1) Tokyo(東京): The Capital City of Japan

The Greater Tokyo(東京) Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world. It is the seat of the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese government. Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympics and the 2020 Summer Paralympics. 

2) Kyoto(京都): Time Travel in Ancient Japanese Tradition

Kyoto(京都) was the capital of Japan and home of the Imperial Court for over 1,000 years. Located in central Honshu Island, the city is rich in historical sites and relics. Kyoto attracts tens of millions of visitor every year. Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine(伏見稲荷大社) where is know for its thousands of vermilion torii gates is located at Kyoto. 

You can find more informations about Kyoto on this article.

3) Osaka(大阪): Kitchen of Japan

Osaka(大阪) is located on the main island of Honshu, roughly in the center of Japan. Historically a merchant city, Osaka has also been known as the "nation's kitchen"  and served as a center for the rice trade during the Edo period(1603-1868)

4) Fukuoka(福岡): The Most Flourishing City in Japan

Fukuoka(福岡) is the capital of Fukuoka prefecture and the largest city on the island of Kyushu. Fukuoka is a modern city; most of its buildings are new. Historically, it was divided by the central river into two separate cities, Hakata (博多) and Fukuoka (福岡), before their merge in 1889. 

You can find more informations about Fukuoka on this article.

5) Kamakura(鎌倉): Zen City of Japan

Kamakura(鎌倉) is about 50km southwest of Tokyo. From the end of the 12th century through the early 14th century, Kamakura was the seat of the Bakufu(幕府) of feudal military government. The city has many historical and cultural sites and, along with Kyoto and Osaka, draws visitors from all over the world. Great Buddha(大仏) is located at Kamakura. 

You can find more informations about Kamakura on this article.

6) Yokohama(横浜): Port City of Japan

Yokohama(横浜) is the second largest city in Japan by population, after Tokyo. Yokohama developed rapidly as Japan's prominent port city following the end of Japan's relative isolation in the mid-19th century, and is today one of its major ports in Japan. 

You can find more informations about Yokohama on this article.

7) Takayama(高山): The Real-life Locations of "Your Name"

Takayama(高山) is a city located in Gifu, Japan. The high altitude and separation from other areas of Japan kept the area fairly isolated, allowing Takayama to develop its own culture over about a 300-year period. The city is popularly known as Hida-Takayama (飛騨高山) in reference to the old Hida Province to differentiate it from other places named Takayama. The name "Takayama" means "tall mountain".

You can find more informations about Shirakawa-gō on this article.

8) Sapporo(札幌): Snoweist City of Japan

Sapporo(札幌) is the capital and largest city on the northernmost major Japanese island Hokkaido(北海道). Sapporo is known for having hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics (the first ever held in Asia), and for its annual Sapporo Snow Festival, which draws more than 2 million tourists from abroad.

You can find more informations about Sapporo on this article.

9) Hiroshima(広島): Resilient City of Japan

Hiroshima(広島) is about 340km west of Osaka on the main island of Honshu. Hiroshima is noted as the site where the first atomic bomb was used in warfare. Within the Peace Monorail Park, located at the Atomic Bomb Dome. Since the war, Hiroshima has grown into one of Japan's major cities. Itsukushima Shrine(厳島神社) where is known for its "floating" torii gate is located at Miyajima(宮島) in Hiroshima. 

10) Narita(成田): The Closest City to the World

Narita(成田) is a city in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. It is the site of Narita International Airport, the main international airport serving the Greater Tokyo Area. Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple(成田山新勝寺) where is the one of the biggest buddhist temples in Japan is located in Narita. 

You can find more informations about Narita on this article.


Wouldn't you want to travel now?

We hope this article will help your next trip and have a wonderful time in Japan! 

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Koki Miyashita

Author & Editor