9 Most Visited Cities in Japan

Updated On October 8, 2023
Tokyo Street

What do you know about Japan?

Is this country on your must-visit list this year?

Japan is one of the most visited world countries.

Walk along the modern streets, get close to nature’s hot springs, feel the sacred spirit in the religious buildings. 

Japan has lots to offer to any tourist type. 

Just take a look at the best cities and choose one or all for your next trip.

1. Fukuoka

It does not really matter if you know nothing about the Kyushu island or if you have lived your life there.

That’s where you’ll be able to witness natural hot springs and active volcanoes.

You will always find something new, something that will admire or surprise you.

For instance, the city of Fukuoka on Kyushu island is hometown to museums, ancient temples, beaches, and shopping areas.

You will find ruins of the 17th-century castle and 10m wooden Buddha. 

Search for a good hotel in the city to stay and start your exploration of the island here.

Fukuoka blooming tree
Fukuoka blooming tree

2. Hiroshima

Unlike Fukuoka, Hiroshima has been still heard because of the terrible destruction caused by the atomic bomb.

Nowadays this is a modern city, but back in 1945, a very large territory was wiped off the face of the earth.

This is a must to visit the Museum and Peace Memorial Park in memory of the dead.

Genbaku Dome or Atomic Bomb Dome ruins can be found in the park.

The view is impressive.

Hiroshima Genbaku Dome
Hiroshima Genbaku Dome

3. Kanazawa

On the main island of Japan, Honshu, there’s is a nice city Kanazawa that will give you those special cultural and food experiences.

Leave aside the traditional visits to the temples, museums, and restaurants, and you will see a different picture of the city. 

This city is for spending time in teahouses and gardens. 

Some call it a little Kyoto

Kanazawa has its own community or geisha and main entertainment district.

If you are in Kanazawa with kids, a good place to visit is the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.


4. Kobe

What to do in Kobe?

Explore the bubbling waters of Mother Earth here.

This cosmopolitan city in Japan welcomes tourists who love exploring the cities on foot and rejuvenate naturally.

Apart from hot springs and walking tours, you can go to the Sake Brewery Museum.

Besides, there is an Earthquake Memorial Park.

Gourmets go to Nankin-machi for local delicacies.

Kobe tower
Kobe tower

5. Kyoto

In the center of Honshu Island, there’s the city that is famous for stunning buildings, villas, palaces, and gardens. 

Kyoto has been an inspiration to many Japanese-style parks in different cities.

The city that used to be an emperor’s residence.

The city is one of the largest cities in Japan.

Tourists come here for impressive shrines, museums, and street food tours.

Kyoto temple
Kyoto temple

6. Nagasaki

If you are an avid esthete who cannot see his life without beautiful things, works of art and works of nature, you need to come to Nagasaki.

Yes, the history of this city is also sad.

The reason for this is the atomic bomb.

But the city was rebuilt and became one of the most beautiful in Japan.

You will see the legendary harbor and perhaps feel the cold of war in the local museum.

Nagasaki Gunkanjima ruins
Nagasaki Gunkanjima ruins

7. Nara

If you are an extremely religious person who respects not only your own religion but also other religions and is interested in them, come to Nara.

This city in Japan is a monument of religious art.

There are many beautiful temples here that are ancient and tell the history of Japan.

You will be greeted by a 15 meter Buddha statue and you can think of the tranquility of life in the majestic and endless green gardens.

Buddha stone statue
Buddha stone statue

8. Osaka

Besides the fact that there are a few great places in Osaka where you can enjoy the most delicious sushi, it is also a city of modernity.

There is everything from stately modern architecture to old generic orchards.

If you arrive when trees blossom, you will have stunning photos from Osaka.

And great memories too.

Stay for three days minimum to enjoy the food, the temples, and the restaurants.

Osaka port sunset
Osaka port sunset

9. Tokyo

Finally, let’s talk about Tokyo, the capital of Japan.

Have you been here before?

What is the place in your heart for the capital cities of the world countries?

It’s bright, noisy, contrasting, fun and weird here.

Tokyo has robot waiters, skyscrapers, and ancient temples.

You can choose to go to a museum or see a performance of the unique classic Japanese dance-drama Kabuki Theater.

Undoubtedly, you will be fed, entertained and welcomed in the best way.

Tokyo station
Tokyo station

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2 Comments on 9 Most Visited Cities in Japan

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    Maximiliano says:

    Japan is a country that offers a perfect blend of modernity and tradition. With its stunning cities, rich culture, and delicious food, it’s definitely a must-visit destination. Whether you’re looking to explore bustling metropolises or serene natural landscapes, Japan has something for everyone. So why not add it to your travel bucket list this year? Trust me, you won’t regret it.

  2. From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the serene gardens in Kanazawa, each city offers a unique blend of modernity and tradition that never fails to captivate.

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