Sightseeing and Local Attractions

Sightseeing and Local Attractions
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Let us take you on a journey through the best of Japan

Because West Japan Railway Hotels are located within immediate access of the high-speed Shinkansen train stations of metropolitan destinations such as Kyoto,
Okayama and Hiroshima as well as other stations like Osaka, Sannomiya, Wakayama and Amagasaki, they offer unlimited opportunities for discovery of numerous tourist attractions.
Equipped with the economical and simple-to-use Japan Rail Pass, our guests are ready to embark on a journey of awe and delight.

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597★

Kyoto
Fushimi Inari Shrine

Shrouded in hushed silence and mystery, the trails leading up Mount Inari are lined with 5000 torii gates. Visitors can savor simple yet delicious Kitsune Senbei, fox-shaped rice crackers.

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301★

Hiroshima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome

Enveloped in rich green, the park incorporates the Cenotaph for the A-bomb victims, the Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and many other memorials and monuments commemorating the bombing of the city and expressing a strong wish for world peace.

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272★

Kyoto
Kyoto Aquarium

The museum features the Japanese giant salamander, which is native to Kyoto’s Kamogawa river and designated as a Special Natural Treasure of Japan, as well as approximately 15,000 marine animals and around 250 different species.

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270★

Hiroshima
Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine

Miyajima, a Unesco World Heritage Site, has long been regarded as an island where Gods dwell and where the splendour of nature is the object of worship. Traditionally ranked as one of the three most scenic spots in Japan, its star attraction in the vermilion torii (shrine gate) which visitors can walk to at low tide. At high tide a visit to Itsukushima Shrine feels like one is walking on the sea.

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245★

Kyoto
Kyoto Railway Museum

Children and adults alike will be delighted by the museum’s numerous attractions, including a chance to ride a train pulled by the famous SL Steam locomotive and to experience the job of a real train conductor.

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238★

Kurobe Dam Water Discharge

Kurobe Dam, located in Kurobe Gorge, discharges water as a sightseeing attraction from late June to mid-October. With nearly 800,000 visitors annually, this is a popular sightseeing spot.

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212★

Wakayama
Mount Koya

Nine hundred meters above sea level, Mount Koya represents a sublime blend of history, culture and natural beauty. Founded 1200 years ago by Kukai, one of Japan’s most important religious figures, it continues to be an important place of worship for many.

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173★

World Heritage Site: Historic Gassho-zukuri Village of Gokayama

There are currently 23 homes with thatched roofs known as “gassho-zukuri,” which are still inhabited today. This was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995 and is one of the most famous spots in Toyama.

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165★

Wakayama
Kumano Kodo (Kumano Hongu Taisha shrine)

Kumano Kodo is a series of ancient pilgrimage routes leading to Kumano where visitors can pray at the secret Kumano Hongu Taisha shrine.

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152★

Fugan Canal Kansui Park

This waterside space gives visitors the chance to experience the history of Fugan canals using the former docks as a place where the nature and waters of Toyama meet. A popular cafe known as the most beautiful in the world is a unique Toyama sightseeing spot.

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145★

Midday auction

From September to the end of May, visitors can enjoy red queen crab at Toyama Bay. Auctions are conducted twice a day at Shinminato Fisherman’s Wharf, where the red queen crabs are spread out like a striking red carpet.

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126★

Amaharashi Coast Kearashi

From Amaharashi Coast, visitors can look across Toyama Bay to see the 3,000-meter high Tateyama Mountains. On winter mornings, temperature differences trigger a phenomenon known as “Kearashi,” a mist that clings to the surface of the ocean.

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