Also known as Carp Castle, this building is a replica of the original ancient structure and is a magnificent example of a medieval Japanese castle. It's five stories tall with a decorative wooden facade, a surrounding moat and gardens blooming with cherry blossoms. Inside, a museum explores the history of the castle and Hiroshima.
Stroll Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto and enter an otherworldly paradise. The sprawling bamboo grove stretches as far as the eyes can see, both ahead and way above. It's a fantastical place that'll provide lots of spectacular photo opportunities and lasting memories as well. You can also visit the nearby Tenryu-ji temple, another star attraction in Arashiyama.
Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo is one of Japan's largest sumo stadiums. Naturally, it's a great place to watch a sumo match and to immerse yourself in one of Japan's best-loved enduring traditions. The stadium is also home to a museum dedicated to the sport, and details the rich origins of sumo and explains the importance of the sport's rituals.
Built on the site of the old Edo Castle, the Imperial Palace is one of Tokyo's most famous landmarks. Although you can't enter the inner grounds of the palace, you can tour the outer area and wander the beautiful gardens. The structure is a modern building with traditional Japanese architectural finishes forming a splendid backdrop to any photograph.
There's nowhere quite like this shrine in Kyoto. The site starts at the bottom of the sacred mountain, Inari, and you can take a gentle walk from the main shrine along a path decorated with thousands of red torii gates to eventually reach the ornate Shinto shrine at the summit. A truly magical place, and some epic views to boot.