Japan: Lesser Known Attractions in Japan

We all know that Japan is full of enchanting spots and unique experiences. Be it historic castles, floral displays to beautiful physical landscapes. Yet when we talk about Japan, a lot of people are probably only familiar with The Golden Pavilion, Mount Fuji or the Tokyo Tower. However, there are a lot of other beautiful places that people might not commonly talk about! These places might not make it to the top of guidebooks, but definitely make it on our list!

Ryusendo Cave

Image credit: Instagram @totoron31

Image credit: Instagram @totoron31

Ryūsendō is one of Japan's three largest limestone caverns. It is located in the town of Iwaizumi, Iwate Prefecture, in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan. Although spread over 5,000m, only the 700m of the 3,600m explored area is open to public.

Image Credits: Flickr, Nobuyuki Kondo

Image Credits: Flickr, Nobuyuki Kondo

There are eight underground lakes, in which three are accessible. Each are 35, 38, and 98m deep The water is so clear that you can actually see the lights that hang deep under the surface!

Shirakawa Village

Image Credit: かがみ~

Image Credit: かがみ~

As one of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the cultural property consists of three historic mountain villages over an area of 68 hectares in the remote Shogawa river valley, stretching across the border of Gifu and Toyama Prefectures in central Japan. The village is located at the base of Mt. Haku-san, and is known due to the little cottages that are uniquely constructed in the  “gassho-zukuri” architectural style. “Gassho-zukuri” refers to “prayer-hands construction” style, which you can see, the cottages have a very unique thatched, slanted roof that looks just like two hands that are joined in prayer! These unconventional roofs also helps the houses to resist the weight of the heavy snowfalls in the long winters.

Aoshima - Cat Island

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Image credits: Instagram @chametaro545

Now this one is honestly my favourite! For all of you cat lovers out there, here, in the Aoshima Island, cats outnumber humans six to one (isn’t that awesome!). Interestingly, as the human population in japan decreases, the cat population here in Aoshima increase, and they earn more popularity as they grow! (Aww, them kittens!). Do visit the island to see the cute cats, but be mindful that it’s a residential area. So, be sure to mind your behaviour and don’t be rowdy to people around here!

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