Continued from last time, here are some Japanese tourist spots that received stars in the Michelin Guide.
There are spots where you can enjoy nature, and spots where you can experience Japan’s traditions. Where would you like to go?
This mystical spot has a torii gate built on the water.
Enjoy the combined beauty of the torii gate, the water, and the sunset.
It is one of the “Three Views of Japan,” being one of the sights that represent Japan.
This sand beach gleams alongside one of the most transparent oceans of the world.
Experience the ocean beauty of Japan, which compares to the beaches of Greece and Italy.
Japanese notation：石垣島 川平湾 @沖縄
Many of these trees are over 1000 years old.
Experience the climate and nature of Japan among these trees, some of which are between 2000 to 7000 years old.
Japanese notation：屋久島 @鹿児島
This shrine has pedigree and is one of the top shrines of Japan.
Amaterasu Omikami is enshrined here, and it has a strong relationship to the Imperial Family, which is the symbol of the Japanese people.
This place, with its over 1300 years of history, must be visited to understand Japan’s Shinto religion.
Japanese notation：伊勢神宮 @三重
These preserved castle town and merchant town areas date to the Edo period, and are called “Hida’s Little Kyoto.”
Foreigners love the beautiful old-fashioned atmosphere.
Japanese notation：高山 @岐阜
Shirakawa-go is a World Heritage Site and well known internationally.
It is a good spot to gain an understanding of the link between Japan’s climate and people’s lives.
Japanese notation：白川郷 五箇山 @岐阜
Despite effects from the Great East Japan Earthquake, this group of around 260 islands, large and small, is as beautiful as ever.
Matsushima, which is one of the “Three Views of Japan,” is absolutely recommended.
Japanese notation：松島 @宮城
The stunning views from the lake shore and the highly transparent water are very popular.
Shiretoko has become a World Heritage Site. There one can find the magnificent nature of the northern lands, with a rich ecosystem of plants and animals.
Leave the bustle of the city behind you and feel the power of nature.
Japanese notation：知床国立公園 @Hokkaido
This is sacred ground for nature worship with over 1000 years of history. The stone paved paths leading there lend a graceful atmosphere.
It is one of the rainiest areas of Japan, and it is popular for its dense and spiritual atmosphere.
Japanese notation：熊野古道 @三重