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Japan's Top 3

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Japan's Top 3

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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:

Three Views

Floating torii, Miyajima

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

Himeji Castle

三名城 Sanmeijō

In addition to the above, the following castles are also considered National Treasures (国宝 kokuhō):

Three Famous Gardens

Korakuen Garden, Okayama

三名園 Sanmeien

Three Famous Mountains

三名山 Sanmeizan, also 三霊山 Sanreizan

Three Famous Big Buddhas

Great Buddha of Kamakura

三大大仏 Sandai-daibutsu

Three Great Festivals

三大祭 Sandaisai

The Neputa/Nebuta Matsuri of Aomori and Hirosaki is also a top contender.

Three Hot Springs

Certainly one of the more hotly contested categories.

Sakinoyu Onsen, Shirahama

Three Great Hot Springs

三大温泉 Sandaionsen

Three Famous Springs

三名泉 Sanmeisen. This list, too, was authored by Hayashi Razan.

Three Old Springs

Bathhouse, Dogo Onsen

三古湯 Sankosen

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

Osaka Bay at night

三大夜景 Sandaiyakei

New Three Great Night Views

新三大夜景 Shin-sandaiyakei

  • Kitakyushu seen from Mount Sarakurayama,
  • Nara seen from Mount Wakakusayama
  • Yamanashi seen from Fuefuki River Fruit Park

Three Holy Places of Ōshū

Sulphur pit, Mount Osore

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 Kashima 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

Vine bridge, Iya Valley

三大秘境 Sandaihikkyō