Best Architectures In Japan

Here're best Architectures in Japan. We released a ranking of reviews about Architectures posted by travel influencers who have actually been to Japan.

Bridge

Address:162-2 Zentokukazurabashi Nishiiyayama-mura, Miyoshi-shi, Tokushima

Access:30 min by bus, from Oboke Station

Top Review:One of Japanese Three Great Strange Bridges

"Iya's Kazura Bridge" is a nationally designated important tangible folk cultural property with a length of 45 meters and a width of 2 meters. It is a suspension bridge made by knitting A. arguta, and the height from the water surface is 14 meters. The bridge that squeaks and sways every time you take a step is thrilling! It is lit up every day from 19:00 to 21:30, and the Kazura Bridge illuminated by the dark night is also fantastic.

Tadao Ando Architectures

Address:2 Yumebutai, Awaji-shi, Hyogo

Access:10 min by car, from Awaji IC

Tel:0799-74-1000

Top Review:Hyakudan'en, An Amazing Flower Beds Composed Of 100 Division

Designated by a worldwide architect, Tadao Ando, it's located at Awaji Yume Butai. The 100 flower beds, makes the most of the mountain slope, is like a beautiful maze. You can see them with the ocean view.◎Entrance fee: free The flowers change in each season.

Review Ranking

1

Address:1-1 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima

Access:Go to Miyajima-guchi Station of JR or Hiroden (streetcar), then walk to ferry terminal. There're two ferry terminals of Matsudai Kisen or JR, both of them go to Miyajima for 10 or 15 min. To Itsukushima Shrine, 10 min walk from Miyajima Port.

Tel:0829-44-2020

Hours:6:30-18:00

Top Review:Big Torii's Reflection At Low Tide!

You can see various beautiful figures of Itsukushima Shrine by the tidal current because its precinct partly belongs to the sea. Big Torii floating on the sea at high tide is wonderful, but what is more, at low tide, you can walk to it and see the beautiful reflection in the pool.◎The most beautiful reflection can be seen when the Torii is soaked a little bit in the water. You need to look for a pool with no waves.

2

Address:Chuo, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama

Access:15 min by train from Okayama to Kurashiki, then 10 min walk. By car, 15 min from Kurashiki IC, or 50 min from Okayama IC.

Top Review:The Townscape Of Beautiful White Walls Like Time Travel To The Edo Period

Okayama's popular tourist destination 'Bikan Chiku (Historical Quarter)'. It was flourished as a merchant town and now it leaves buildings with beautiful white walls and willow trees along the river, which are the taste of Edo Period. You can enjoy boating and rickshaw like traveling to the old times of Japan. And also the delicious food around here.◎Access: about 10min from Kurashiki Station. There're lot of parking lots around the area. The boating is so popular that you should buy tickets as soon as you arrive.

3

Address:162-2 Zentokukazurabashi Nishiiyayama-mura, Miyoshi-shi, Tokushima

Access:30 min by bus, from Oboke Station

Top Review:One Of The Three Most Curious Bridges In Japan! A Scenic Bridge Across The Beautiful Valley

At Iya in Tokushima, Kazura Bridge is one of the three most curious bridges in Japan. The bridge is made from hardy kiwi. You can enjoy the thrills of creaking and swinging of the bridge and nice view of the valley at the same time.◎Toll: Adult¥550 Child¥350 Open: From sunrise to sunset, throughout the year

4

Shirakawago

20 Review

Address:Ogi-machi Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun, Gifu

Access:10 min by car from Shirakawago IC. By bus, 50 min from Takayama Station.

Tel:05769-6-1311

Top Review:Amazing View Of A World Heritage Site From The Observatory

Shirakawa Village is a heavy snowfall area, but it snowed not so much for us to visit here this winter. And we can enjoy the snowy landscape as much as we want! It will snow more during February, so you're still in time to see this scenery.

5

Address:3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Access:1 min walk from Yurakucho Station, or 5 min walk from Tokyo Station. 30 min by car or taxi from Tokyo Station.

Tel:03-5221-9000

Hours:7:00-23:30

Top Review:Cool Night View Of Iron Frameworks & Glass

In the daytime, the sunlight comes in beautifully from the glass. And in the night, we can take very cool photos like these. The scenery born from the iron frameworks and glass is worth seeing once.

6

Address:1-18-6 Ebisuhigashi Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Tel:06-6641-9555

Hours:9:00-21:00

Top Review:Night Tsutenkaku, Exciting and Beautiful Spot In Osaka

Osaka's major tourist spot, Tsutenkaku. There're many funny factors in this tower, but night Tsutenkaku is also nice! I admired illuminated Billiken, and then look outside, I could have a clear view of Abeno Harukas.◎It has easy access by train, and also toll parking area nearby. You can find nice Kushikatsu restaurants around Tsutenkaku, and Spa World Onsen in a walkable area. It's good for you to spend a whole day to enjoy Tsutenkaku and its around.

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Chionin

4 Review

Address:400 Rinka-cho Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Tel:075-531-2111

Hours:9:00-16:30

Top Review:San-mon, A Biggest Wooden Gate In Japan

8

Address:2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Access:5 min walk from Asakusa Station. By car or taxi, 30 min from Shinagawa Station, 20 min from Tokyo Station or 50 min from Hanada Airport.

Tel:03-3842-0181

Hours:6:00-17:00

Top Review:Senso-ji Temple Is Not Only The Lantern! A Huge Straw Sandals At Hozomon Arch

Senso-ji Temple becomes so quiet and wrapped in a nice atmosphere at night, that the excitement of the daytime at Nakamise is not true. I found a very beautiful five-storied pagoda over the huge straw sandals at Hozomon Arch.◎A huge straw sandal is 4.5 meters tall, 1.5 meters in width, and 500 kg in weight. Since the first dedication in 1941, it's the eighth one. It expresses the power of Nio, the god in Hozomon Arch, and people say that the devil who sees the huge sandals fears and goes away...

9

Address:909 Oya-machi, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi

Access:30 min by bus from JR Utsunomiya Station.

Tel:028-652-1232

Hours:9:00-17:00

Top Review:Like Wandering In A Dungeon! OYA HISTORY MUSEUM With Huge Underground Space

This underground space like the world of game 'DRAGON QUEST' is a stone pit site and about 20,000 square meters. So, you might come across some DRAGON QUEST monsters!

10

Address:Uonomachi, Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki

Top Review:The Oldest Arched Stone Bridge in Japan Looks a Glasses by Reflection

The bridge is said that it is one of the three greatest bridges in japan (The others are Nihon-bashi bridge and Kintai-kyo bridge) and national important cultural property.

11

Address:215 Ukawa, Takashima-shi, Shiga

Tel:0740-36-1555

Top Review:I Want To See It All Day! A Lightened Torii Gate On The Lake

Shirohige Shrine stands by the Lake Biwa and is proud of the oldest history in Oumi region. To be surprised, its torii gate stands on the lake! We can see the illuminated torii at night, and the lightened by the rising sun in the early morning.

12

Address:Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa

Access:By express ferry, 10 min from Ishigaki Port Rito Terminal in Ishigaki Island.

Top Review:Enjoy Walking Around Taketomi Island Without Hurry

Taketomi Island's time passes slowly. Traditional red tiles, cute Shisa, coral fences and white sand street… All of them makes us happy! You can also find many photogenic places with flowers all the year around.◎Izumiya with lovely arch of Bougainvillea is an inn! Access to Taketomi: 10~15 min by ferry from Ishigaki Port. 1150yen for a round-trip.

13

Address:Nanzenji Fukuchi-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:10 min walk from Keage Station. 25 min by bus from Kyoto Station to Nanzenji Eikando, then 10 min walk.

Top Review:Waterway Bridges In A Temple!? A Chain Of Retro & Beautiful Arches

Nanzen-ji Suiro-kaku is a part of Biwa Lake Canal to bring the water to Kyoto from Biwa Lake. The beautiful arched bridges built of bricks considered the temple scenery and were designed in Meiji Era. They bring the water now in active service.

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Keage Incline

12 Review

Address:Nanzenji Fukuchi-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:3 min walk from Keage Station. By car or taxi, 20 min from Kyoto Station.

Top Review:Discontinued Line In Winter

Many famous tourist spots become snow landscape in Kyoto. But, Keage Incline hardly ever be covered with snow, and its snow landscape can be seen only when it snows so much. So, I was very excited to be able to take this pictures.

15

Address:1 Kinkakuji-cho Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:By car, 25 min from Kyoto Higashi IC, 30 min from Kyoto Minami IC. By bus, 30 min from Kyoto Station to Kinkakuji Michi, then walk 5 min.

Tel:075-461-0013

Hours:9:00-17:00

Top Review:Kinkaku, Shining Beautifully For Pure Gold Leaf

A good sightseeing spot that you can appreciate the seasons and the history of Kyoto.

16

Address:1-1 Moerenumakoen Higashi-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

Access:By car, 60 min from Sapporo Station, or 80 min from Shin Chitose Airport.

Tel:011-790-1231

Hours:7:00-22:00

Top Review:A Beautiful Park Designed By Isamu Noguchi

Very spacious park, you can enjoy arts and taking exercise.

17

Address:931 Bakuro-cho Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:30 min by bus from Kyoto Station. 5 min walk from Hakubai-cho Station. 25 min by car or taxi from Kyoto Station. Free parking area is available.

Tel:075-461-0005

Hours:5:00-18:00

Top Review:Best Season Has Just Started! Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine's Green Japanese Maple

Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine 'Momiji Garden' is well known as a beautiful place of scarlet maple leaves. There're about 350 trees of around 400 years old and the new green sceneries make people feel quiet and refreshed in May.

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Kotokuin

3 Review

Address:4-2-28 Hase, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa

Tel:0467-22-0703

Hours:8:00-17:30

Top Review:Who Made? Why? A Mysterious Buddha Statue With Many Vicissitudes

Kamakura's symbol and well-known second statue of Buddha of Kotoku-in. It struck by disasters many times, and there's few materials to know its birth. It attracts us mysteriously.

19

Address:3-1-3 Tori-cho, Imabari-shi, Ehime

Access:By car, 15 min from Imabari Kita IC, 20 min from Imabari Yunoura IC, or 70 min from Matsuyama Airport. Toll parking area is available. By bus, 7 min from Imabari Station to Imabari Castle.

Tel:0898-31-9233

Hours:9:00-17:00

Top Review:The Imabari Castle Illuminated Every Night as Symbol of Imabari

The Imabari castle is illuminated in warm-color and looks like floating. Of course, it's also good in daytime.

20

Address:1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:20 min by bus from Kyoto Station to Higashiyama Yasui, then 7 min walk. 17 min walk from Keihan Kiyomizugojo Station. By taxi, 15 min from Kyoto Station.

Top Review:A Stone Paved Slope 'Ninenzaka' With Many Tasteful Shops In Kyoto

There're tasteful houses standing along the slope, you can enjoy seeing the townscape of Kyoto just the same as you associate. Even Starbucks opens in Kyoto style. Now, this area is designated as Kyoto's important preservation district of historic buildings.

21

Address:388 Shimizuyasakakami-machi Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 20 min from Kyoto Station to Higashiyama Yasui, then 5 min walk. 15 min walk from Keihan Shijo Station. By car or taxi, 15 min from Kyoto Station.

Top Review:A Five Storied Pagoda As A symbol Of Tasteful Town, Higashiyama

A Tasteful town Higashiyama is featured by this five storied pagoda.

22

Address:406 Zoshi-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Access:20 min walk from Kintetsu Nara Station. By bus from Kintetsu Nara Station, 4 min to 'Daibutsu-den Kasuga Taisha Mae', then 5 min walk. By bus from JR Nara Station, 10 min to 'Daibutsu-den Kasuga Taisha Mae', then 5 min walk. By car, 45 min from Osaka, or 60 min from Kyoto.

Tel:0742-22-5511

Hours:8:00-17:00,7:30-17:30

Top Review:The Daibutsu Of Nara In The Gentle Lights

One of the most famous temples, Todai-ji in Nara. What I want to tell you specially, is 'Mantou Kuyoue' Ceremony on August 15th. The expression of The Daibutsu in the candle lights has something that cannot be told you by only pictures. It's impressive so much.

23

Address:160 Kasugano-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Tel:0742-22-7788

Hours:6:00-18:00

Top Review:Only The Term Of Shikinen-zoutai! Cute White-deer Oracle Of Kasuga-taisha Shrine

Carving deer with an oracle (omikuji) in its mouth is popular, but a white-deer oracle given only during Shikinen-zoutai (repair of the shrine) is talked about its cuteness. Harry up, it's going to end in a short time!

24

Nara Park

10 Review

Address:469 Zoshi-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Access:On foot: 5 min from Kintetsu Nara Station, 20 min from JR Nara Station. By bus: 2 min from Kintetsu Nara Station, or 9 min from JR Nara Station to Nara Park. By car: 45 min from Osaka, 60 min from Kyoto.

Tel:0742-27-8036

Top Review:A Beautiful Hexagon Rest Area Floating On The Pond In Nara Park

It was repaired and very beautiful hall roofed with cypress bark. After walking around the extensive Nara Park and when you want to take a rest, here is the good relaxing place.

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Toji Temple

13 Review

Address:1 Kujyo-cho Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:15 min walk from Kyoto Station, or 10 min walk from Toji Station. By bus, 10 min from Kyoto Station to Toji-mae.

Tel:075-691-3325

Hours:5:00-17:00

Top Review:A Simbol Of Kyoto Scene! Five-storied Pagoda Seen Beautiful From Any Directions And In Every Season

The 55 meters high five-storied pagoda can be seen from a distance, and it's popular enough to appear in many pictures as Kyoto scenery. The presence becomes bigger as you come closer. And with cherry blossoms in spring, fresh green in summer and colored leaves in automn, the harmonies with nature are lovely in all seasons.

26

Address:2 Yumebutai, Awaji-shi, Hyogo

Access:10 min by car, from Awaji IC

Tel:0799-74-1000

Top Review:Hyakudan'en, An Amazing Flower Beds Composed Of 100 Division

Designated by a worldwide architect, Tadao Ando, it's located at Awaji Yume Butai. The 100 flower beds, makes the most of the mountain slope, is like a beautiful maze. You can see them with the ocean view.◎Entrance fee: free The flowers change in each season.

27

Address:1110 Hongu Hongu-cho, Tanabe-shi, Wakayama

Access:By train, 130 min from Kyoto or Osaka Station to Kii-tanabe Staron, then take bus for 120 min to Hongutaisha. By bus, 60 min from Shingu Station to Hongutaisha. By car, 140 min from Wakayama city, 200 min from Nagoya city, or 180 min from Osaka city. Free parking area is available.

Tel:0735-42-0009

Hours:6:00-19:00

Top Review:Huge Existence We Can See From A Distance! Japan's Biggest Torii Gate Standing On The Site Of A Former Shrine Building

Kumano Hongu Taisha is popular as a spiritual power spot. A Torii Gate at 'Oyunohara' isolated from the main shrine, is 33.9m high and 42m wide, the biggest one in Japan. A former shrine was used to stand here, a sacred place, and we can feel the energy of earth and prayers of predecessors.

28

Otaru Canal

4 Review

Address:Minato-machi, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido

Top Review:Gaslamps Lighting The Warehouses Are Nostalgic! Night Otaru Canal

Otaru Canal is popular as a tourist spot. At night, gas lamps burn and make a fantastic scene differ from the canal at daytime. Beautiful reflection of illuminated warehouses on the water. You can take a night walk on the well-kept path for walkers♪◎Car: 1.5h from Shin-chitose Airport via expressway Train: 1h and 10 min by Express Airport Line, get off at JR Otaru and 8 min walk

29

Address:Bannosumidori-cho, Sakaide-shi, Kagawa

Access:It's located between Sakaide IC and Hayashima IC of Seto Chu'ou Speedway.

Top Review:Anchorage Of Seto-Ohashi Bridge

On a climbing tour of Seto-Ohashi Bridge, I could enter its anchorage. There are panels and models show the history of its constructions, you can learn about the great achievement.

30

Address:116 Renge Uji, Uji-shi, Kyoto

Access:10 min walk from Uji Station. By car, 40 min from Kyoto City.

Tel:0774-21-2861

Hours:8:30-17:30

Top Review:A Phoenix Hall, A World Heritage Floating On The Lake

A palace built in a small island on the lake. A unique world heritage of gorgeous building that symbolize Fujiwara Sekkan Era. You should see the shrine once that is famous for Japanese coin of 10 yen. Moreover it became brighter after the repair.

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Kansai

Address:1-18-6 Ebisuhigashi Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Tel:06-6641-9555

Hours:9:00-21:00

Top Review:Night Tsutenkaku, Exciting and Beautiful Spot In Osaka

Osaka's major tourist spot, Tsutenkaku. There're many funny factors in this tower, but night Tsutenkaku is also nice! I admired illuminated Billiken, and then look outside, I could have a clear view of Abeno Harukas.◎It has easy access by train, and also toll parking area nearby. You can find nice Kushikatsu restaurants around Tsutenkaku, and Spa World Onsen in a walkable area. It's good for you to spend a whole day to enjoy Tsutenkaku and its around.

Chugoku

Address:1-1 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima

Access:Go to Miyajima-guchi Station of JR or Hiroden (streetcar), then walk to ferry terminal. There're two ferry terminals of Matsudai Kisen or JR, both of them go to Miyajima for 10 or 15 min. To Itsukushima Shrine, 10 min walk from Miyajima Port.

Tel:0829-44-2020

Hours:6:30-18:00

Top Review:Big Torii's Reflection At Low Tide!

You can see various beautiful figures of Itsukushima Shrine by the tidal current because its precinct partly belongs to the sea. Big Torii floating on the sea at high tide is wonderful, but what is more, at low tide, you can walk to it and see the beautiful reflection in the pool.◎The most beautiful reflection can be seen when the Torii is soaked a little bit in the water. You need to look for a pool with no waves.

Shikoku

Address:162-2 Zentokukazurabashi Nishiiyayama-mura, Miyoshi-shi, Tokushima

Access:30 min by bus, from Oboke Station

Top Review:One Of The Three Most Curious Bridges In Japan! A Scenic Bridge Across The Beautiful Valley

At Iya in Tokushima, Kazura Bridge is one of the three most curious bridges in Japan. The bridge is made from hardy kiwi. You can enjoy the thrills of creaking and swinging of the bridge and nice view of the valley at the same time.◎Toll: Adult¥550 Child¥350 Open: From sunrise to sunset, throughout the year

Kyushu・Okinawa

Address:Uonomachi, Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki

Top Review:The Oldest Arched Stone Bridge in Japan Looks a Glasses by Reflection

The bridge is said that it is one of the three greatest bridges in japan (The others are Nihon-bashi bridge and Kintai-kyo bridge) and national important cultural property.

Hokkaido・Tohoku

Address:Kazuga-machi Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi

Tel:022-713-3171

Hours:9:00-22:00

Top Review:One of the Most Beautiful 25 Libraries in the World

It was designed by a archest Toyo Ito who has won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, that is to say the Nobel Prize of architecture.

Kanto

Address:3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Access:1 min walk from Yurakucho Station, or 5 min walk from Tokyo Station. 30 min by car or taxi from Tokyo Station.

Tel:03-5221-9000

Hours:7:00-23:30

Top Review:Cool Night View Of Iron Frameworks & Glass

In the daytime, the sunlight comes in beautifully from the glass. And in the night, we can take very cool photos like these. The scenery born from the iron frameworks and glass is worth seeing once.

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Shirakawago

20 Review

Address:Ogi-machi Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun, Gifu

Access:10 min by car from Shirakawago IC. By bus, 50 min from Takayama Station.

Tel:05769-6-1311

Top Review:Amazing View Of A World Heritage Site From The Observatory

Shirakawa Village is a heavy snowfall area, but it snowed not so much for us to visit here this winter. And we can enjoy the snowy landscape as much as we want! It will snow more during February, so you're still in time to see this scenery.

Koshinetsu

Address:6-53 Kawabata-cho Chuo-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata

Top Review:The Important Cultural Property 'Bandaibashi Bridge' Built Across the Longest River Shinano in Japan

The Bandaibashi bridge has 6 sequence arches. It is a national important cultural property and a symbol of Niigata. So, I like this retro scenery.

Hokuriku

Address:1-1 Jichu-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa

Access:13 min by bus from Kanazawa Station. 10 min by car from Kanazawa Nishi IC.

Tel:076-266-2011

Hours:10:00-19:00 [Sat・Sun・Holidays]10:00-17:00

Closed:Wed

Top Review:A City Library With Beautiful Dotted Windows

It has won some prizes such as '25 most beautiful libraries in the world'. Inside the library with windows like dots on the white wall, the 2nd and 3rd floor are very open for the stairwells. There're three different sizes for the windows and the sun light comes from them beautifully to wrap the room gently.◎To take pictures of the inside, you need to fill in the application and meet some conditions. You can use for free because it's a city library. Open: weekdays 10:00-19:00, holidays 10:00-17:00. Regular holiday: Wednesdays

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