Top 5 must-see places in Japan for 2017


The past year saw a record number of tourists visit Japan’s shores to experience the country’s fascinating blend of historic shrines and temples together with its innovative architecture and ultra-modern cities. As Japan prepares to host the 2020 Olympics, the time has never been more right to plan that trip.

2017 is expected to be an even bigger year for travel to Japan as the government pushes towards its target of drawing 40 million inbound tourists annually by 2020. So, with that in mind, here are some of what I consider to be the must-see places in Japan for 2017. While the places on this list are not the definitive top travel destinations in Japan, they all have a special reason for visiting this year.

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    5.Legoland 4.Ueda Castle 3.Sapporo 2.Kyoto 1.Kanazawa

    Inspirational stuff.

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    Thanks for letting us know, oikawa, To be honest I can't be bothered to click on another link.

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    Very subjective list. Other than Legoland (which I wouldn't bother with, having spent a week in Nagoya last year), I've experienced the other four with lengthy visits, and could provide another (albeit subjective) list of places I think are a lot more indicative of Japan's culture. But that's just me.

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    Narimasu Train station Tempura Udon-ya. 4. Nakaminato Fish Market, Ibaraki. 3. Ponpoko Mountain, Shinrinkoen, Saitama. 2. Ikaho, Gunma. 1. Guitar Shop Street, Ochanomizu.

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