10 Best Architecture To Visit In Japan

10 Best Architecture To Visit In Japan. Explore Tokyo's depths at this underground marvel of modern engineering. A bird's-eye view of Tokyo from the tallest structure in Japan. A bright beacon in a sprawling metropolis. Or where the politics and policies of Japan take shape.

National Diet Building

10 Best Architecture To Visit In Japan
National Diet Building
The Diet is the center of political activity in Japan, and the National Diet Building is appropriately grand. The impressive building located in central Tokyo is made up of the House of Representatives, the House of Councillors.

Tokyo Skytree

10 Best Architecture To Visit In Japan
Tokyo Skytree
The newest addition to the capital's skyline, Tokyo Sky Tree soars 634 meters high and gives the best panoramic views of the city. On a clear day you can't quite see infinity, but you should get a glimpse of Mt. Fuji.

Kintaikyo Bridge

10 Best Architecture To Visit In Japan
Kintaikyo Bridge
Kintai-kyo Bridge is one of the most breath-taking spots in the whole of Yamaguchi. The heavy foundation stones of Kintai-kyo Bridge contrast with the arching elegance of this distinctive bridge. Overlooked by Iwakuni Castle, Kintai-kyo Bridge is beautiful in any season.

Great Seto Bridge

10 Best Architecture To Visit In Japan
Great Seto Bridge
Island hopping from Japan's jeans capital to Shikoku on a bridge you can see from space

The world's longest two-tiered bridge system, the Seto Ohashi, is an architectural feat visible from space that took a decade to build. It connects Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture on Honshu with five islands by both road and rail, ending up in the city of Sakaide on Shikoku.

Besides boasting Japan's denim capital of Kojima, the Kurashiki side of the bridge has the Bikan Historical Quarter, famed for its willow tree-lined canal and lovely Edo period architecture, and the Ohara Museum of Art, which showcases European and Japanese impressionists and neoclassical works. Sakaide has museums and two temples on Shikoku’s 88-temple pilgrimage.

Tokyo Tower

10 Best Architecture To Visit In Japan
Tokyo Tower
Seeing the bold red and white stripes of Tokyo Tower will tell you that you have, at last, arrived in Metropolitan Tokyo.

Tokyo Tower is both an active broadcasting facility and an ideal spot for travelers to take in the dazzling cityscape below. The structure's modernist charm can be appreciated from the outside as it lights up at night, but the real thrill comes as you climb to the top to catch dynamic views of the city.

At the base of the tower, you'll find a shopping complex called Foot Town, which features an array of international shops and restaurants, and even an aquarium and an anime theme park.

Due to reconstruction work, the Special Observatory and sections of the Main Observatory will be closed until spring 2019 (estimated)

Kanazawa Station

10 Best Architecture To Visit In Japan
Kanazawa Station
Your cultural adventure in Ishikawa starts here. This remarkable train station is your start point for deeper exploration of Kanazawa and the neighboring areas of Ishikawa Prefecture—ancient provinces known until recently as Kaga, Echizen, and Noto. Some of these grand old kingdoms still survive as place and family names, including the Noto Peninsula and Kaga Onsen.

Originally built in 1898, Kanazawa station received a major overhaul in 2005, with a futuristic design featuring a glass-and-steel dome and a giant wooden gate resembling a torii, a gate found at Japanese shrines. Kanazawa is the cultural and economic capital of the entire Hokuriku region.

Sazaedo

10 Best Architecture To Visit In Japan
Sazaedo
A unique temple with a double spiral staircase. Appearances can be deceiving - from the outside, this pagoda-like temple seems much like any other. But when you enter, you'll discover the unique feature of Sazaedo, where two sets of stairways spiral like the shell of a sea-snail - hence the meaning of its name, Sazaedo, or "sea-snail temple".

Aso Farm Land

10 Best Architecture To Visit In Japan
Aso Farm Land
Young at heart in Aso Farm Land. Located within the Aso Kuju National Park, the Aso Farm Land is a theme park / holiday camp that has found popularity with local visitors. Following a brief closure after the Kumamoto earthquake of 2016, the park is once again open to day visitors and overnight guests. Particularly popular with young children, this park is the epitome of the Japanese word 'genki', meaning a childlike happiness and energy.

Eshima Ohashi Bridge

10 Best Architecture To Visit In Japan
Eshima Ohashi Bridge
A bridge that became an internet sensation. Take a walk to the top of the world’s “craziest bridge” for spectacular views.

Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge

10 Best Architecture To Visit In Japan
Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge
Because low-lying Tokyo is vulnerable to flooding during the rainy and typhoon seasons, authorities built the world's largest underground flood diversion facility to mitigate any potential disasters. Now opened to the public, tours of the center are free, but visitors are advised to enter at their own risk.

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