6 unusual but fantastic places in Japan – What didn’t make it? + New theme for the big column

What didn’t make it on the list of our 6 unusual but fantastic places in Japan?

Throughout the past three months Inari showed you the 6 places it had chosen for the column ‘6 unusual but fantastic places in Japan’. We took you from the mysterious Yakushima to the exotic Miyakojima continuing to the art piece Naoshima. Afterwards we showed you the dream for Japanese urban explorers in Nara Dreamland and we took you to the different cute Animal Lands. Last week we finished our list with the breathtakingly beautiful Kumano Kodō.

But you might be wondering “What about the places that didn’t make it on the list?”. Well, we’ll show some of them briefly in this article. When we made our list of 6 places we started from a list containing 21 locations so we can’t just put all of them here, but we’ll show you the four other which were in our top 10.

Yoro Park – The Site of Reversible Destiny

This experience park was designed by the artists Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins in 1995 and is located in Yōrō Town in the Gifu Prefecture. This park was made to make people encounter the unexpected so they can get to the conclusion that items differ if you watch them from an unusual perspective. The park is divided in different components that each have their own special encounter or perspective, making people reevaluate their physical and spiritual identity. Sounds complex? That’s because it is! When you enter the park, you receive a helmet because the park is actually not quite safe but we believe that the weirdness of this place makes it worth it. If you want to read more about it, this person visited Yoto Park and has written a nice article about it.

A view over the park.

A view over the park.

Kawachi Fuji Garden

This stunningly beautiful garden is located in Kitakyushu, which is a 5-hour drive with the bullet train away from Tokyo, and contains more than 150 Wisteria plants. Their luscious flowers form a dreamlike tunnel with the most astonishing view you can get in a garden. There are more than 20 different species of Wisteria that create a colourful sea of white, purple, blue, pink and much more. The best time to visit Kawachi Fuji Garden is from the end of April until mid-May. Otherwise you might not see the view that is presented on the photo underneath. If you have already had the opportunity to visit this place, let us know!

The dreamlike tunnel in Kawachi Fuji Garden.

The dreamlike tunnel in Kawachi Fuji Garden.

Motonosugi Inari Shrine

Of course we wanted to add an Inari Shrine into the list but the other locations were just even more spectacular. This shrine is faces the Japan Sea near Nagato City in the Yamaguchi Prefecture. To get there, you have to walk through the 123 red torii. The contrast of the red od the torii and the bright blue of the sea is a sight to remember. The shrine is fairly new but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth visiting. It even has one of the most challenging offertorres in Japan. The offertory is located on the top of a giant torii at the beginning of the path towards the shrine. If you manage to throw money into it, you will be lucky for the rest of your life!

You just want to walk underneath those torii!

You just want to walk underneath those torii!

Arashiyama and Sagano Bamboo Groves

Located in the western outskirts of Kyoto is Arashiyama and the Sagano Bamboo Groves. This natural setting is very popular during the cherry blossom season and autumn. In the North, you can find the Sagano part of this location. In Sagano are giant bamboo groves that have a curved path carved through it. This makes a wonderful setting for a walk or bike ride. Especially when the bamboo trees are lightly swaying in the wind, turning the entire grove in a green sea of bamboo. We think this is just one of the most peaceful places to walk through and we definitely recommend you visiting it!

Perfect place for a stroll underneath the bamboo trees.

Perfect place for a stroll underneath the bamboo trees.

What will be the theme of our next big column?

We hope you enjoyed our column ‘6 unusual but fantastic places in Japan’ but starting April, it is time for our new column. For the next three months we will write the column ‘6 ways of expression in traditional Japan’. In this column we will tell you more about art, music, theatre and much more. If you have suggestions for other bigger themes, don’t hesitate to let us know via comments or mail.

Until the next time!

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