TripAdvisor have announced the top 30 best attractions across Japan in 2018 as voted by international travelers. The list features the regular line-up of famous spots like shrines, temples and castles to more niche locations that even Japanese people aren’t familiar with.
This marks the 10th time this ranking has taken place. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine in Kyoto has clocked in at number one for the 5th year in a row. As of June 2018, the TripAdvisor page for the shrine has over 20,000 reviews, 70% of which are in languages other than Japanese. More than 25 languages have been recorded on the page, proving the shrine’s popularity overseas as a representative spots in Japan. Moving from 3rd place to 2nd place this year is Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and in 3rd place is Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine).
There are several newcomers to the list this year, including Byodoin Temple which people may recognise as being printed on the back of 10 yen coins.
Sanzen-in Temple has a gorgeous garden that is beautiful throughout all four seasons.
Nezu Museum in Tokyo also made the list this year which is home to many national treasures and cultural assets. It first ranked last year for its entertainment facilities, but this year it’s earned popularity amongst foreign tourists for its greenery and tranquillity.
7 places ranked in Kyoto, as well as 6 in Tokyo, and 2 each in Hiroshima, Nara and Kanagawa. 1 place ranked in each Ishikawa, Wakayama, Hyogo, Chiba, Kagoshima, Tochigi, Kagawa, Aichi, Gifu, Toyama, and Nagano.
Check the list for yourself, and why not use it for reference when you come to Japan?
Top 30 Attractions in Japan by International Travelers 2018
Numbers in brackets denote the location’s ranking last year. Asterisks denote newcomers to the list.
1st Place (1) – Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (Kyoto)
2nd Place (3) – Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (Hiroshima)
3rd Place (4) – Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine) (Hiroshima)
4th Place (5) – Todai-ji Temple (Nara)
5th Place (7) – Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (Tokyo)
6th Place (14) – Kenrokuen Garden (Ishikawa)
7th Place (10) – Koyasan Okunoin (Wakayama)
8th Place (8) – Kinkakuji Temple (Kyoto)
9th Place (9) – The Hakone Open-Air Museum (Kanagawa)
10th Place (13) – Himeji Castle (Himeji)
11th Place (30) – Sanjusangendo Temple (Kyoto)
12th Place (11) – Nara Park (Nara)
13th Place (26) – Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple (Chiba)
14th Place (-) – Samurai Museum (Tokyo)
15th Place (-) – Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley (Kagoshima)
16th Place (-) – Senso-ji Temple (Tokyo)
17th Place (-) – Nikko Tosho-gu (Tochigi)
18th Place (-) – Ritsurin Garden (Kagawa)
19th Place (25) – Ryogoku Kokugikan (Tokyo)
20th Place (12) – Eikando Zenrinji Temple (Kyoto)
21st Place (16) – Hase-dera Temple (Kanagawa)
22nd Place (-) – Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings (Tokyo)
23rd Place (-) – Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology (Aichi)
24th Place (-) – The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (Gifu)
25th Place (29) – Kyoto Station Building (Kyoto)
26th Place (-) – Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (Toyama)
27th Place (*) – Byodoin Temple (Kyoto)
28th Place (*) – Nezu Museum (Tokyo)
29th Place (-) – Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (Nagano)
30th Place (*) – Sanzen-in Temple (Kyoto)
*Taken from reviews, numbers of posts and unique algorithms on TripAdvisor between April 207-March 2018.
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