Someone completely unfamiliar with the history of Japan and World War II might see Hiroshima as a modern, prosperous and attractive city — a testament to just how far its come since that fateful day in 1945.
In a country known for its modernity, fast pace and high tech gadgets, there remains a rich religious heritage evident in the countless temples and shrines scattered across Japan. You can’t say you’ve seen this country without seeing both sides, the old and the new. Here are a few of Japan’s most beautiful temples to add to your bucket list.
The maritime city of Yokohama, the second largest metropolis in Japan, sits directly south of Tokyo just 20 minutes by car, making it an easy day trip destination. This modern, international city by the sea offers excellent museums, amusement parks, gardens and ethnic neighborhoods for visitors who can spare a day to escape the city.
Kanazawa, a city hugely popular with Japanese tourists yet largely overlooked by international travelers, blends Old Japan with a youthful modernity unlike anywhere else in the country. Since Kanazawa escaped World War II unblemished — the second largest city in Japan after Kyoto to do so — its ancient palaces, neighborhoods and gardens remain intact.
Nagoya, Japan‘s fourth largest city, is one often overlooked by tourists to the island nation. The longtime industrial center has plenty of travel-worthy attractions, including many of Japan’s most important shrines, in a more laid-back atmosphere than Tokyo. Here’s a few of the best things to do in Nagoya: