Japan's Top 3
After the Three Views were composed in the 17th century, many authors have come up with their own lists of Japanese sites and attractions. While there are countless lists and variations thereof, here is a selection of the best-known ones:
三景 Sankei in Japanese. The most famous list of them all, attributed to scholar Hayashi Razan back in 1643.
New Three Views
Three Famous Castles
In addition to the above, the following castles are also considered National Treasures (国宝 kokuhō):
Three Famous Gardens
Three Famous Mountains
三名山 Sanmeizan, also 三霊山 Sanreizan
Three Famous Big Buddhas
Three Great Festivals
Three Hot Springs
Certainly one of the more hotly contested categories.
Three Great Hot Springs
Three Famous Springs
三名泉 Sanmeisen. This list, too, was authored by Hayashi Razan.
Three Old Springs
Three Baths of Fuso
扶桑三名湯 Fuso-sanmeiyu. Fuso is a poetic name for Japan and this one is credited to traveling haiku poet Matsuo Basho.
Three Great Night Views
New Three Great Night Views
Three Holy Places of Ōshū
奥州三霊場 Ōshū sanreijō are the three most famous pilgrimage sites in the ancient land of Oku (奥), now known as Tohoku.
Three Famous Inari Shrines
Note: Yūtoku Inari Shrine in Saga Prefecture is sometimes listed as one of the top three Inari Shrines. Whether or not it actually is one of the top three Inari Shrines is debateable however, the shrine is impressive and worthwhile nonetheless.
Three Hidden Regions