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What to See in Japan

Commonly known as the ‘Land of Rising Sun’, Japan is one of the favorite countries of tourists. There are a lot of things in Japan that are worth-seeing and therefore attract a large number of tourists towards this beautiful country. If you ever make a plan to visit Japan, then take a look at this article as it contains the famous things and attractions which you must see in Japan.

Gardens

Most of the gardens in Japan are located in the calm and peaceful surroundings of monasteries and some are located in the ruins of the castles of feudal lords. They display a very rich look of Japanese art and culture. There are a lot of attractions to see in Japanese gardens but the most worth-seeing are the ponds which are vital parts of every garden. They don’t only show Japanese’s peoples good taste but also add marvel and beauty to these gardens.

The gardens in Japan have different types including Tsukiyama Gardens (hill gardens), Karesansui Gardens (dry gardens) and Chaniwa Gardens (tea gardens).

Temples

Most of the population of Japan consists of Buddhists therefore temples in Japan are the houses of worship for these people. These temples should not be missed to see during the visit to Japan as they are beautifully made and present a beautiful blend with lush and green vicinity. The architecture of these temples is also out of this world and must see.

Castles

The castles in Japan were initially built for military purposes but afterwards they transformed into commercial centers as the time passed and eventually they became popular tourists’ attractions. They are truly a master-piece as they were built after careful planning and by the untiring efforts of thousands of labors.Shrines

There are almost one million shrines in Japan. Most of them serve as a worship home for the followers of Shintoism. These shrines are located in the isolated areas of this country, near to forests, to provide a peaceful and calm feeling to the visitors. When these shrines were first built, they were quite simple but with the passage of time they began to look like Buddhist temples due to the influence of Chinese architecture. On the basis of the architecture style of these shrines, they are divided into four types: Nagare, Shinmei, Taisha and Hachiman.These were some must visit attractions of Japan that deserve at least one visit in the life time of a tourist.

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Must Visit Places in Rome

If you are planning a trip to enjoy your holidays, this time choose Rome-the capital city of Italy. Rome is favorite city of tourists because of rich artistic treasure which it possesses.  It also mesmerizes tourists with its traditional values and elegance of its panoramic view so a visit to Rome would provide you an immense pleasure and happiness. For your guidance, I am mentioning here names of some of the most visited and must see places in Rome.

Trevi Fountain

It is one of the most loved and visited place of Rome as it is visited by a thousands of people daily. It has been said that when a person throw a coin in its water, his wishes come true therefore many of the tourists throw coins in it due to which the fountain grosses a large amount of money which is then donated to some charity. Pulled by two sea-horses, marble centerpiece of the fountain is a shell that is driven by two tritons from which a statue emerges which represents ocean. Beauty of this fountain is surely worth-seeing and the best time to see this fountain is in the evening because its water is turned off early in the morning for cleaning purposes.

Mouth of Truth

It is a bleak marble mask that is known as Mouth of Truth or Bocca della Verita’. It is situated in the entrance hall of St. Mary’s in Cosmedin church. It is actually an ancient drain cover that was found half-buried in middle ages. It has been said by a legend that if a person puts his hand in the mouth and does not speaks the truth after it, then the mouth is shut. It is the most popular attraction in Rome as admission charges in the church are free.

Spanish Steps

It is the most beautiful and striking masterpiece of baroque period. This splendid stair-case was built in 1723 and got its name from the Spanish embassy building that is located near to it. It was built by Francesco De Sanctis on the request of Pope Innocent XIII. If you ever make a plan to visit this place, try to visit it in spring season as these steps are decorated with beautiful flowers in this season.

Capitoline Hill

Capitoline Hill’s main attraction is Piazza del Campidoglio. It was designed in 1538 by the legend artist Michelangelo. Initially it was featured with Marcus Aurelius’s bronze statue. Now this square have Palazzo dei Senatori along with the two museums named Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo. These two museums have a large collection of famous statues and tourists specially visit this place to see these statues.

Rome Zoo, the Bioparco

This is among one of the oldest zoos of Europe which came into existence in 1911. It is a must visit place as your tour to Rome remains incomplete without paying a visit to this fascinating zoo. The biggest attraction of this zoo is the large variety of different animals like camels, lions, bears, giraffes, tigers and zebras. The zoo boasts of having 198 species of different animals including birds, reptiles, mammals etc. In this zoo, different signs are displayed showing the names of creatures in both English and Italian. This zoo provides a complete dose of entertainment through chilled drinking water, shady spots to take some rest, fountains and picnic benches. If you want to enjoy some good food, you will find a café by the zoo entrance as well as a restaurant that remains open during day times and also in evening.

These were some of the most popular attractions of Rome. Plan a tour to this great city and have a wonderful time.

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Popular Attractions to See in Berlin

If you have ever visited Berlin, you must be aware of the fact that it is one of the most favorite places of tourists as there are a lot of attractions to see. But for the people who have never been to Berlin before, I would like to suggest names of some places that are worth-seeing and visit to Berlin remains incomplete without visiting them. These places are:

Television Tower

Being the tallest structure in this city, Fernsehturm television tower is a worth-seeing place as it is featured with an observation platform as well as a restaurant that revolves slowly. This tower is 1207 feet high and you have to use an elevator to take you up over 660 feet to see that restaurant and observation platform. This tower provides a chance to the tourists to view beautiful and attractive scenes of city. It has become so popular that restaurant is always filled with people. If you have a plan to visit this tower, I would recommend you to get your table reserved in this restaurant. Base of the tower is surrounded by neon signs and reflections caused by sunlight make a Christian Cross on tower.

Spandau Citadel

It is an ancient fortress that was built in 16th century and now it has become the oldest building in Berlin. A visit to this building provides a chance to know more about its structural history and for your information I would like to tell that guided tours are available to this building on weekends. This beautiful ancient building is located near to River Havel and it is the most charismatic area this city could ever have.

Potsdamer Platz and the New Center

It was one of the busiest squares in Europe in 1990s. With passage of time people started neglecting it but due to recent renovations it has achieved its previous status back as now it is a vibrant area having shops, cafes, bars restaurants and other entertaining attractions. Due to restoration of this square, it has started becoming heart of this city. Here you can visit modern constructions like Sony Centre and Panorama-Point which is situated at the top of tall Kollhof building providing the best views of city. The lift available here is said to be the fastest in Europe.

Schloss Charlottenburg

This palace was originally built 300 years ago but in early 19th century it was restored and some interesting features were added to it. Inside this palace, you will find a fine collection of romantic paintings whereas outside of this palace is surrounded by striking and sophisticated gardens which are truly eye-catching.

Oranienburger Strasse

Before 1989, it was a quiet and bleak street but now it has become a fashionable and busy place as it is full of cafes, bars and other food and drinks outlets. This place is now considered as a lively and vibrant area of Berlin.

These were some of the major and most popular attractions in Berlin which truly deserve to be seen again and again.

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Famous Places in Brazil

Brazil is a country which has a lot of popular and fascinating places to attract visitors. It is fifth largest country of world having diverse cultures, traditions and a lot of tourists’ favorite places. Attractions in Brazil attract people of all ages. Some of its most popular and famous places are:

Fortaleza

Located in Northeastern area of Brazil, it is a popular tourists place because of its warm climate. Actually Fortaleza’s major attractions are its warm waters therefore its beaches are always crowded with tourists. Every beach in Fortaleza has its own individuality such as Iracema where people gather and do party for whole night. Another beach named Praia do Futuro is most popular for surfing therefore people who love surfing visit this beautiful beach.

Sao Paulo

It is one of the richest cities of Brazil that is located in South Eastern area. Most of the tourists come here to attend the Sao Paulo fashion week that makes Brazil a well-known country in terms of international fashion. Other different events are also held here that attract a large number of people from all over the world.

Salvador, Bahia

Major attractions of this beautiful city include magnificent architecture, lavish cuisine and beautiful and melodious music. This city also boasts of having one of the longest coastlines in Brazil. Beautiful beaches in this city are perfect for those tourists who want to explore life underwater or want to surf on huge waves of sea. Other than beaches, this place is also famous for its shopping malls that attract tourists who love shopping.

Rio de Janeiro

The most famous place of Brazil is Rio de Janeiro providing a lot of attractions to the visitors. It doesn’t only provide beautiful natural scenes but also lets the tourists enjoy music and other celebrations. Here you will also find two largest forests of world and at the same time you can drink and do parties in carnival celebrations which include parade, dance and music. Copacabana is a place located in the Southern zone of Rio de Janeiro which is famous for its marvelous beach. This beach becomes even more attractive during the celebrations of New Year’s Eve.

Santa Catarina

This place also boasts of its beautiful beaches. Most popular city of this state is Florianopolis that is famous for its more than 500 beaches. Moreover the state of Santa Catarina has varied climates attracting a large number of visitors towards it.

These were some of the most famous and popular places in Brazil providing tourists an utmost happiness and enjoyment.

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Worth-Seeing Beaches in Thailand

Thailand is among one of the countries having some of the most glorious and marvelous beaches in the world. At these beaches, you can spend and enjoy your vacations by swimming, diving, taking sun-bath or playing with the sand. Thailand is full of tourists’ destinations but its beaches are an enormous attraction for international tourists. Let’s have a look on some of the most visited and most beautiful beaches in Thailand.

Rai Le Beach

This beach is located in the province of Krabi and has been divided into East Rai Le and West Rai Le. The Eastern side of this beach is featured with mud flats. The more popular of the two beaches is the West Rai Le beach because at this beach, there are some areas where you can enjoy the adventure of rock climbing.

Koh Lanta

This beach of Thailand is not as developed as compared to the other beaches of Thailand. At this beach, there is a lot more to do including parasailing.

Phuket: Pearl of the Andaman

It is the most popular beach destination of Thailand having some nice and worth-seeing beaches. The most popular beach on the island is Patong Beach. Other beaches include Kata Noi, Kata Yai and a lot more. The attractions on this island include thrilling nightlife and a golf course which proves to be the best place for golf lovers.

Koh Samui

The most amazing thing about the popularity of this island is that almost 500,000 visitors come every year to visit this beautiful place. The reasons are its white sand beaches and vibrant and colorful nightlife activities. Being the third largest island in Thailand, it is one of the most popular and frequently visited tourists’ destinations in the country.

Koh Samet

If you are travelling in bus, then it will take two and a half hours to travel from Bangkok to Koh Samet. After that, you will have to take another ride named ferry ride that will last for 30 to 45 minutes. Here you will find some of the most beautiful white sand beaches of Asia.

Koh Pha Ngan

This island also boasts of some very nice and attractive beaches but its main attraction is the Full Moon Party that attracts about seven to ten thousand partakers every month.  This happens to be a great party as it continues from dusk to dawn. There are a lot of things to enjoy in this party like music, dancing, fire-eating, juggling, drinking and swimming.

These were some of the most popular beaches of Thailand that are capable of attracting one’s attention towards them.

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Major Tourists Attractions in Bangkok

Bangkok is a major city of Thailand and is very popular among the tourists because of its extravagant palaces and pagodas. It has proved itself as a tourist friendly and lively city because of its travel destinations and must see attractions. There are a lot of places to see in Bangkok but here I am going to describe some of its major tourist’s attractions.

Dusit Zoo

This zoo is located in the heart of Bangkok and attracts thousands of visitors every year. It was previously a botanical garden for King Rama (five) but now it has become one of the most popular family attractions. The zoo contains a large collection of different animals including 300 mammals. Its specialty is 1000 exotic birds. The animals which you will find here include monkeys, elephants, rhinos, crocodiles and some rare animals. It is one of the most visited places of Bangkok and becomes crowded by the people on weekends.

Grand Palace

Grand Palace is one of the most gorgeous buildings of Bangkok. It is located on the eastern bank of Chao Phraya River. The palace is built in such a way that it combines both traditional Thai architecture and European designs. It was once the official home for the kings of Siam but now it is the major tourists’ destination in Thailand. This palace is still in the use of King where ritual occasions are held. The most beautiful attractions within the palace include Royal Funeral Hall and Royal Coronation Hall. Another main attraction is the 45 centimeters Emerald Buddha. It is considered as the most religious object in whole Thailand. It is very beautifully engraved from one piece of Jade.

Lumpini Park

It is the largest and most popular park in Bangkok having entrance gates on all sides. In this park, lawns, wooded areas and beautiful walking paths surround an artificial lake. The best time to visit the park is early in the morning. At this time, you will see a lot of people doing exercise in the park. At the lake, you can also take rowing boats and puddle boats on rent and have a wonderful experience. Along the gates of the park, many vendors have arranged their tables to distribute fresh snake blood and bile which are considered good for health. In this park, some facilities are also provided for the people who come here for picnic. These facilities include snack bar, tables and chairs and rest rooms. There are also some tables where Chinese tea is served by ladies.

China Town

Visiting China Town is an experience which should never be missed. It is a beautiful place providing a chance to taste Chinese food, visiting markets and watching fine examples of beautiful architecture. There are a lot of gold markets in China Town. Besides visiting gold markets, you can also find ornaments, textiles, antiques, musical instruments and historical Chinese medicine shops.

Siam Ocean World

This is the largest aquarium in South Asia and is spread over an area of 10000 square meters. It displays hundreds of species of different water animals having a water volume of 5 million liters. It is located in the basement of Siam Paragon shopping mall and covers two floors.

These were some of the major tourists’ attractions in Bangkok. Whenever you get a chance to go to Bangkok, must visit these places.

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Five Best Attractions in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island nation located in South Asia. It is surrounded by Indian Ocean and has India and Maldives in its vicinity. The name of Sri Lanka has never been so popular among the top tourists destinations of the world but a visit to Sri Lanka may reveal that it has a large number of attractions which a tourist likes to see. There are a large number of tourists’ attractions in Sri Lanka but here I am going to give description of only five top attractions in Sri Lanka which are worth-seeing and should be a part of tour to this country.

Wild Life Safaris

Wild life safaris are very popular among the tourists who go to Sri Lanka. The most famous wild life park is Yala National Park that is popularly known for its leopard spotting. There are some other animals which you will find in almost any park. These animals include:

  • Buffaloes
  • Eagles
  • Peacocks
  • Deer
  • Wild Boars
  • Crocodiles
  • Elephants

The leopards and bears are those animals which are hard to find in these parks. It is an amazing and enjoyable experience to visit these safari parks. Here for the safety of the visitors, a wild life guard is provided with every safari so it is completely safe to visit these safari parks and get a detailed look of your favorite animals which you only see in movies and documentaries. These life guards also guide the visitors to the places where there is an abundance of wild life.

Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls

Sri Lanka is a country that is blessed with both hot and cold weather. You can find hot and sunny weather near beaches and you can enjoy a cool weather near mountains as well. There are beautiful gardens and waterfalls in these mountains that attract a large number of tourists from all over the world.  There are some of the most popular waterfalls of Asia that are present in Sri Lanka that provide beautiful scenes especially during the rainy weather. Special tours are arranged to these waterfalls and the tourists who go there become mesmerized by their beauty. The most beautiful and famous falls in Sri Lanka include:

  • Bopath falls
  • Bakers fall
  • Devon falls
  • St. Claire’s falls
  • Dunhinda falls
  • Diyaluma falls

A famous tourist attraction in the mountains also includes Worlds End in Horton plains which is a high mountain crest from where you can see the coastline. The other famous attractions are the botanical gardens having a large variety of trees and flowers. These gardens are not only visited by tourists but also by the scientists.

Historical Places

In Sri Lanka, there are ruins of some ancient cities that have become tourists destinations and people love to watch them. The most visited and ancient city of Sri Lanka is Sigiriya rock fortress and it is well-known and popular for its gardens and irrigation system that is still a source of amazement for the experts in the field. Other popular cities include:

  • Anuradhapura
  • Kandy
  • Polonnaruwa

Most of these cities are world heritage sites because some temples in these cities are preserved till now and they are capable of making the visitors spell-bound.

Elephant Back Safaris

Most of the tourists of European countries and US love to have a ride on the back of elephants. Perhaps the reason for this may be that elephants are not found in those countries. Whatever the reason may be, elephant’s rides are very popular among all the tourists. And the best place to see the elephants is Pinnawela elephant orphanage. This place provides you a chance to see this giant animal closely. Here you can also have an experience to feed the elephant babies which is a unique and wonderful experience. If you are not interested in riding on elephant and just want to watch them the best places for this purpose are Udawalawe and Wasgamuwa. Here you can watch the elephants in their natural conditions.” Ath athura sevana” is another place where you can get closer to the elephants to watch them.

Sunbathing

Sri Lanka is blessed by nature with an amazing and spectacular coastline. The most famous and beautiful beach is Nilaveli that provides a chances of enjoying the experience of surfing. Moreover sunbathing and sea bathing are some activities that are most liked by the tourists of European countries as these countries don’t have warm weather and beautiful beaches. But here in Sri Lanka, there are a large number of beaches near the capital city Colombo. Most of the tourists really enjoy a stay at beach resorts to have a memorable experience.

These were top five attractions of Sri Lanka. Plan a trip to Sri Lanka and enjoy yourself.

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