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Beppu is an interesting town in Oita, Kyushu island where steam are oozing out all over town.
It is a haven for hot spring lovers. Hotels here have own hot spring baths - men and women separately.
There is also a very popular park "Hell" of hot spring of different colors with a small zoo.
Near the sea, there is another famous hot sand beach bath and another place to feed the local red cheeks Bepppu monkeys.
In Kyoto, you can soak into the culture of Japan whether a tea ceremony or visit one of the many temples here.
Get a guided tour to better understand the elements of Japanese temple architecture, or the must-haves of a Japanese garden or the basic rituals in a Zen or Buddhist temples plus a dose of Japanese history. Alternatively, read them from a guideline or on the internet.
Then allow your own senses and personal enjoyment of visiting these many temples, strolling and perhaps a meditation or two without worrying about facts or photography.
Kyoto is an amazing place not to be missed. Easy to get by fast train from Tokyo or overnight bus.
These are the top two tourist destinations.
Personally, for a first visit to Japan, I will go to Tokyo. This is the place to be in Japan where the political and economic center of Japan and the capital since the Meiji restoration or rise of Modern Japan.
There are many districts in Tokyo like Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ueno, Akihabara, Ginza, Haranjuku, Ikebukoro, etc. with their own speciality in restaurant, shopping and entertainment outlets.
There are many temples, shrines and gardens with museums to see the culture of Japan including the hot baths and pachinko parlors as well as annual cherry blossoms, fireworks and parade festivals.
Tokyo is easy to get around by subway. Tokyoites make Tokyo.
One of the tallest in Japan, the 5 storey pagoda of Kofukuji Temple is one of the remaining few remaining buildings of this temple complex of the powerful Fujiwara family clan that ruled during the Nara and Heian Period. There is also a 3 storey pagoda.
Located at Sanjo Dori near Nara Park, it currently houses some important Buddhist statues, treasures and relics.
One of the major temple landmark of Japan is one of the largest wooden building in the world. Todaiji means "Great Eastern Temple" in Japan.
Located in Nara which was once the old capital of Japan, Todaiji was built in 752 AD.
This was a period with Buddhist monastries were at the height of their powerful influence.
Inside the temple, you will one of the largest wooden Buddha in Japan.
The space outside the temple is just as impressive as the overall size of the temple. Admission is 500 yen. Location: Nara Park
Kumamoto is in Kyushu island and not far from Nagasaki.
The town is famous for Suizenji Garden which is rated as one of the most beautiful garden in Japan.
In the garden landscape, there is also a green mount which is to represent Mt. Fuji and a a shape of lake to represent Lake Biwa.
A beautiful garden which I enjoyed one afternoon.
Within Mt. Aso caldera, Mt Naka (Naka dake) is active and steaming. One can take a cable car over Mt. Nakar to have a closer view.
However, when I was there, it is considered "unsafe" as activity level was high and so only see the crater from a video monitor at the Exhibition Hall.
Exhibition Hall is interesting showing all the different rocks and information of the volcano. There are some English text but mostly in Japanese.
Mount Aso is the largest active volcano in Japan. Wworth visiting in Kyushu island. It is located between Kumamoto in the south and Beppu in the north.
Best way is take a tour bus that goes to this green highland with some cloud cover and you can go horse riding or see the fat cows grazing.
There are many school buses of school children too.
You will going into a giant Aso caldera with many inner volcano peaks.
Mount Bandai is famous for colored lakes due to different mineral in the water.
In winter, some of the lakes are frozen and fun to walk on them too as long as there is no thin ice.
Quite a quiet relaxing atmosphere to enjoy the views of the different lakes in this mountainous region of Fukushima.
Aizu Wakamatsu town is a quiet typical Japanese town with Mount Bandai in the background.
Tokyo folks come here for the weekend for vactaion to ski in the winter or enjoy the many onsen (hot springs). Was there with local Japanese friends to soak in one of the famous hot spring resorts.
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