Do you know where the most popular sightseeing spot in Japan is for visitors from foreign countries? The top is Fushimi Inari-Taisha for 3 years consecutively!



TripAdvisor presents ‘Japan’s Most Popular Tourist Destinations 2016’ based on the reputation by foreign languages from April 2015 to March 2016. According to the finding, top three spots are ‘Fushimi Inari-Taisha’, ‘Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum’ and ‘Miyajima’ for three years consecutively.

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This year, there are 10 sightseeing spots that newly appear on this ranking like ‘Akiba Fukurou’ and ‘Ritsurin Garden’. Besides, ‘Shiratani Unsuikyo’, ‘Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route’ and ‘Misen’, visitors enjoy coming into contact with nature and hiking, are firstly ranked as ecotourism spots. Additionally, some sites firstly introduced in this ranking are ‘Lake Kawaguchi’ which has beautiful scenery from Mt. Fuji, ‘Daisho-In’, there’re many people who call it the most favorite temple, ‘Kyoto Station Building’ having unique buildings and ‘Samurai Museum’ which captures a lot of good reputations due to the existence of staff who can speak English. Apparently, these spots which they can enjoy Japanese traditions and landscapes seem to strongly be supported by foreigners. It is known that the place that Japanese are not so familiar with is catching a lot of foreigners’ attention.



As for ‘Akiba Fukurou’ which visitors easily meet owls in Akihabara, Tokyo, the reputations is continuously rising in other languages, including English, Chinese, French and Russian, even though there’s only 12 reputations in Japanese. It is actually becoming popular because they can enjoy themselves with owls which rarely touch in dairy life in this café, a person, for example, said “Up close experience with beautiful owls!”. Thus, a number of pictures that visitors enjoyed with these birds, touching it and putting it on their head, are posted in this website. Like “Only in Japan! And what experience!”, emotional reputations can be found.


Japan’s Top 30 Most Popular Tourist Destinations 2016

  • 1st: Fushimi Inari-Taisha (Kyoto, Kyoto)
  • 2nd: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (Hiroshima, Hiroshima)
  • 3rd: Itukushima Shrine (Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima)
  • 4th: Todai-Ji (Nara, Nara)
  • 5th: Samurai Kembu Kyoto (Kyoto, Kyoto)
  • 6th: Shinjuku Gyoen (Shinjuku, Tokyo)
  • 7th: Nara Park (Nara, Nara)
  • 8th: Kinkaku-Ji (Kyoto, Kyoto)
  • 9th: Akiba Fukurou (Akihabara, Tokyo)
  • 10th: Kiyomizu-Dera (Kyoto, Kyoto)
  • 11th: Hakone Open-Air Museum (Hakone, Kanagawa)
  • 12th: Okunoin (Koya, Wakayama)
  • 13th: Eikan-Do Zenrin-Ji (Kyoto, Kyoto)
  • 14th: Sanjusangen-Do Temple (Kyoto, Kyoto)
  • 15th: Ritsurin Garden (Takamatsu, Kagawa)
  • 16th: Shiratani Unsuikyo (Yakushima, Kagoshima)
  • 17th: Narita-san Shinsho-Ji (Narita, Chiba)
  • 18th: Senso-Ji (Tito, Tokyo)
  • 19th: Daisho-In (Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima)
  • 20th: Kenroku-En (Kanazawa, Ishikawa)
  • 21st: Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (Motobu, Okinawa)
  • 22nd: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (Tateyama, Toyama)
  • 23rd: Lake Kawaguchi (Fuji Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi)
  • 24th: Misen (Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima)
  • 25th: Meiji Shrine (Shibuya, Tokyo)
  • 26th: Kyoto Station Building (Kyoto, Kyoto)
  • 27th: Samurai Museum (Shinjuku, Tokyo)
  • 28th: Gear (ARTCOMPLEX 1928) (Kyoto, Kyoto)
  • 29th: Kinosaki Onsen (Toyooka, Hyogo)
  • 30th: Historical Villages of Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa, Gifu)
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