8 Hidden Tours in Japan, From Deserts to Sacred Temples!

Curious? Here are 8 hidden tourist spots in Japan!
29 Sep 2022 · By Ayurizka Purwadhania

Japan is a country that is a favourite destination for various Asian and European tourists because it is known for its various beautiful tourist destinations and diverse Japanese culture. Of the many tourist destinations in Japan, it turns out that several hidden tourist attractions are rarely known by foreign tourists! Curious? Here are 8 hidden tourist spots in Japan!

1. Tottori Sand Dunes

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yukihipo / Shutterstock

The Tottori Sand Dunes is a hidden sight in Japan located within Sanin Kaigan National Park in Tottori Prefecture. The Tottori Desert has 16 kilometres along the coast of the Sea of Japan and is the country's largest sand dune. In this place, you can also try the sensation of riding a camel to get around the sand dune.

2. Hitachi Seaside Park

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Hitachi Seaside Park / Unsplash

Hitachi Seaside Park is a flower garden covering an area of 190 hectares, with more than 4.5 million Nemophila flowers covering the fields every April. If you come in autumn to Japan, this place will turn into an expanse of green bushes that is no less beautiful.

3. The Blue Pond Hokkaido

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EQRoy / Alamy Stock

The Blue Pond Hokkaido is a bluewater lake in Hokkaido. This hidden tour in Japan is known for its beautiful natural scenery and the charm of tree trunks still firmly stuck in the lake area.

4. Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle is a castle that was built in 1504 and is known as the crow's castle. Here you can see the view of Uchibori lake from the castle area, which is inhabited by white swans. The best time to come to Matsumoto is in autumn because the weather is warm, and you can see the scenery of the fallen leaves.

5. Shikoku Island

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Terry Allen / Alamy Stock Photo

Shikoku is the fourth largest island in Japan, located southwest of the main island of Honshu, which is connected via two bridge systems. Here you can do religious tourism by visiting the temples in this area guarded by dozens of monks.

6. Mount Koya

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Alberto Paredes / Alamy Stock Photo

Mount Koya is the spiritual home of Shingon Buddhism, a belief founded more than 1,200 years ago by one of Japan's most important religious figures, Kobo Daishi. Here you can see how serene and beautiful Mount Koya's view is.

7. Nachi Falls

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Malcolm Fairman / Alamy Stock Photo

Nachi Falls is a hidden tourist attraction in Japan with a height of 133 meters. This waterfall overlooks the beautiful Nachi Taisha Shinto shrine, which is said to be over 1,400 years old. This shrine is one of several Buddhist and Shinto religious sites around the falls.

8. Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

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trus jomkhantiphol / Alamy Stock Photo

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a hidden excursion in Japan that connects Toyama City in Toyama Prefecture with Omachi City in Nagano Prefecture. The most impressive part of the route is the road between Bijodaira and Murodo, bordered by a 20-meter-high wall of snow from April to May each year.

This is a review of hidden tours in Japan, which you can visit at least once in your lifetime. So what are you waiting for? It's time for you to explore the beauty of Japan right now!

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