Popular Architecture Attractions in Japan

Shinsaibashi
Osaka·Japan
4.6/5
3,511 Reviews
Featured Neighborhood
Shinsaibashi is a well-known commercial shopping district in Osaka. It is centered on Shinsaibashi Commercial Street. It has a variety of boutiques, specialty stores, and department stores, as well as a variety of shops where you can buy Japanese groceries. Of course, you can also shop big brands. It is a must-visit shopping paradise. You can also find food from all over the world as well as local speciality such as Okonomiyaki, fried skewers, takoyaki, and ramen.
Ginza
Tokyo·Japan
4.6/5
3,409 Reviews
Featured Neighborhood
Ginza is a popular upscale shopping area of Tokyo, with numerous internationally renowned department stores, boutiques, restaurants, and coffeehouses located here. It is considered one of the most expensive, elegant, and luxurious places in the world. Each weekend, the area’s main road is closed to motorized traffic and converted to a pedestrian thoroughfare. Among Tokyo’s shopping districts, Ginza boasts the highest concentration of Western brands. The area’s reputation for trendsetting extends back to the Meiji Restoration when it was proclaimed a “model of modernization.” Visiting Ginza is practically a must.
Osaka Castle
Osaka·Japan
4.6/5
2,034 Reviews
Historical Architecture
Located in the center of Osaka, Osaka Castle is a major landmark of Osaka. It is also listed as one of the three famous castles in Japan's history together with Nagoya Castle and Kumamoto Castle. The Osaka Castle is divided into inner, middle, and outer castles (i.e., Honmaru, Ninomaru, Sannomaru). The magnificent city gate, the steep walls and the wide moats inside and outside are very spectacular. The pavilion also overlooks the streetscape around Osaka Castle. In the parks of the castle, plum blossoms and cherry blossoms bloom in their respective seasons, and they are famous places to enjoy plum and cherry blossoms in Osaka.
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo·Japan
4.6/5
3,261 Reviews
Observation Deck
Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower located in the city's Minato ward. Frequently appearing in film and television, it is an icon on the Tokyo skyline. Two observation decks afford visitors the chance to snap breathtaking pictures, while the tower’s lower levels host a number of restaurants, shops, and museums. Completed in 1958, Tokyo Tower’s lattice design was closely inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris. When lit up after dark, Tokyo Tower makes for an impressive background in any photo.
Arashiyama
Kyoto·Japan
4.6/5
1,293 Reviews
Mountain
Country/City
The area along the Kurokawa River, which flows through the western part of Kyoto City, is known as Arashiyama, and is a famous tourist attraction in Kyoto. Arashiyama has be the subject of many poems since ancient times. The cherry blossoms in spring and the red maple in autumn are famous sights. The beautiful scenery of the wild bamboo forest also reveals the unique charm of Kyoto. There are many famous temples and shrines scattered in the scenic area. The Katsuragawa and Togetsukyo Bridges starkly contrast with the mountains that stand behind them.
Shinjuku
Tokyo·Japan
4.6/5
1,897 Reviews
Featured Neighborhood
Shinjuku is one of Tokyo’s special wards. It is a major commercial and administrative center, home to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Following the Second World War, Shinjuku has developed into one of Tokyo’s most important neighborhoods. Countless restaurants and cafes populate the many streets, and Shinjuku Station is the world’s busiest railway station. The dazzling billboards, fascinating shops, and trendsetting fashions, all make Shinjuku a must-visit location. You will certainly have no problem spending many hours in this wonderful part of Tokyo.
Dotonbori
Osaka·Japan
4.6/5
1,934 Reviews
Featured Neighborhood
Located at the southern end of Shinsaibashi, Dotonbori is a well-known and bustling business district, famous for its neighboring theaters, commercial and entertainment venues, and as the birthplace of Osaka cuisine. Japanese people often say "eat in Osaka", which shows that there are many restaurants here. There are huge billboards on both sides of the river with exaggerated and attractive shapes. Among them, the big crab signboard of Glico's signboard and Kani Dōraku's crab are the places where tourists take photos of the most. At night when the neon lights are flashing, you can also take a sightseeing boat and enjoy the night view of the city.
Akihabara
Tokyo·Japan
4.5/5
1,365 Reviews
Featured Neighborhood
Famous for its many electronics shops, Akihabara is an area located in central Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward. Tourists flock here in search of bargains from top-shelf electronics manufacturers. More recently, Akihabara has emerged as the center of Japan’s vast anime and manga culture. Visitors today will notice an atmosphere catering to these tastes. Stores are filled with anime and manga icons, cosplayers line the sidewalks distributing advertisements for cafes and products. The result is a mecca for electronics-fascinated youth culture. Walking through Akihabara, it’s possible to imagine oneself as having entered some new digital reality.

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