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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