There are ten places in Japan that we have fallen in love with for various reasons. Either for being in a spectacular setting or for being something very colorful or for having some detail that makes a difference. We could make a list of 50 places, but we have preferred to make it “short” with the most essential for us to visit. You can visit these places using public transport or by car.
Without any delay, here is the list of top ten instagrammable spots in Japan:
1. Sake barrels from Meiji Shrine, Tokyo
The Meiji Shrine itself, like most shrines and temples in Japan, is a wonderful instagrammable place. It’s about the sake barrels on the side of the road. If you enter through the large Torii next to Harajuku station (one of the stations that give access to Yoyogi Park), you find it halfway. The place is curious, and known for its colors.
2. Torii of Peace from Hakone Shrine
During the drive to Mount Fuji, you will find the Torii of Peace at the Hakone Shrine. The water there is tumbling and covering the wooden walkway, the mist half covering the mountain behind…a landscape that is worth to visit.
3. Ancient Japanese village Iyashinosato
A must-see when touring the lakes of Mount Fuji. This village is a reconstruction of what it once was. Earthworks during a typhoon left the town destroyed… and that was almost 25 years ago.
The village breathes a special air. With Mount Fuji in the background, the houses with the thatched roof, and the nature that surrounds the place is amazing. You can take photos dressed as a samurai or geisha (by payment) and eat some local dishes.
Hours: December-February: 09.30-16.30. March-November: 9 am to 5 pm.
Price: 350 ¥ for adults. 150 ¥ for children
4. Hannoki Bayashi Museum
The Hannokibayashi Museum is located in Oshino Hakkai. This villa is worth it alone, but this museum gives access to the wonderful views of Mount Fuji. It has a couple of ponds that come from the underground waters of the Fuji.
Price: 300 ¥ for adults / 150 ¥ for children.
Hours: Every day from 09:00 to 17:00.
5. Kenroku-en Japanese Garden, Kanazawa
Yes, talking about the “Japanese garden” in Japan does not make much sense since all the gardens in Japan are Japanese. But we are talking about the “Japanese style.” According to its website, one of the three best gardens you can visit in Japan.
The enclosure has more than 11 hectares of garden, and at the entrance (there are several), they give you a map so as not to get lost and be able to follow the route a bit.
Spectacular garden. Full of flowers, water, sculptures, wooden bridges… if you want a little peace (and you manage to hide a little from people), this is your place.
Price: ¥ 320 for adults, ¥ 100 for children
Hours: Every day from 07:00 to 18:00
6. Japanese Alps
We speak of “Japanese alps” because, honestly, one could not stay with only one town. When visiting the Japanese Alps, you can visit Gokayama, Ainokura, Shirakawa-go, and Takayama.
Any of the three towns are just as Instagrammable. The main difference between them is the difference in size, with Gokayama being the smallest and Shirakawa-go the largest. Although, in the same way, in Gokayama, there were very few people, and Shirakawa-go was full.
Small villages surrounded by nature, wooden houses, thatched roofs, and despite the people, a lot of tranquility.
7. Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Kyoto
One of the best-known temples in all of Japan. Surely you have seen many photos of the route of more than 4 kilometers and more than 10,000 toriis.
It is a 2-kilometer route upstairs and another 2 kilometers down. Of course, it is recommend to go and doing a bit of climbing, not just staying with the first toriis. It is open 24 hours, so if you want to have good photos, better to go at 8 in the morning at least.
8. Golden Pavilion, Kyoto
When you see the golden pavilion, you may think, “ah, I imagined it bigger.” But not only the golden pavilion is beautiful, but also the place where it is amazing. Surely this is one of the places where we most notice the overwhelm of the crowd.
You just have to follow the one-way path, and you will see the pavilion from different angles. Hidden, wonderful, photo-ready corners, if you can push the crowd away. Everyone wants to take 500 photos there, so relax.
9. Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle is another instagrammable place to visit in Japan. It is a must-visit for its exteriors. The Osaka Castle compound hides many instagrammable corners. Either for Instagram or to save a spectacular photo of the castle, an essential visit.
10. Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima
This place has some extra curiosity. We consider that Hiroshima is a must in Japan because of the history behind it, and if you are already there, getting close to Miyajima is a must.
When you visit Itsukushima Shrine, you will see it in two ways: either on sand or on water. And that’s because the tide rises and falls depending on the time of day. Obviously, it is much prettier with the water skimming its base, and that happens in the morning.