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Top 3s of Japan

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

New Three Views

  • Onuma, Hokkaido
  • Miho no Matsubara, Shizuoka
  • Yaba Valley, Oita

Three Famous Castles

  • Nagoya Castle Nagoya, Aichi
  • Osaka Castle, Osaka
  • Kumamoto Castle Kumamoto, Kumamoto

Three Great Mountain Castles

  • Iwamura Castle Iwamura
  • Takatori Castle Takatori,
  • Bitchu Matsuyama Castle Takahashi.

Three Great Flatland Mountain Castles

  • Tsuyama Castle in Tsuyama, Okayama.
  • Himeji Castle in Himeji, Hyogo.
  • Matsuyama Castle in Matsuyama, Ehime

Three Famous Gardens

  • Kairakuen, Mito, Ibaraki.
  • Kenrokuen, Kanazawa, Ishikawa.
  • Kōrakuen, Okayama, Okayama.

Three Sacred Mountains

Three Sacred Grounds

  • Mount Koya
  • Mount Hiei
  • Mount Osore

Three Famous Big Buddhas

  • Todaiji, Nara.
  • Kotokuin, Kamakura.
  • Daibutsuji, Takaoka.

Three Great Festivals

  • Gion Matsuri, Kyoto.
  • Tenjin Matsuri, Osaka.
  • Kanda and Sannō Matsuri, Tokyo.

Three Great Festivals of Tohoku

  • Nebuta Matsuri Aomori, Aomori.
  • Kanto Matsuri Akita, Akita.
  • Tanabata Matsuri Sendai, Miyagi.

Three Great Festivals of Kyoto

  • Gion Matsuri
  • Aoi Matsuri
  • Jidai Matsuri

Three Great Hot Springs

  • Atami, Shizuoka.
  • Beppu, Oita.
  • Shirahama, Wakayama.

Three Famous Springs

  • Arima Onsen, Hyogo.
  • Gero Onsen, Gifu.
  • Kusatsu Onsen, Gunma.

Three Old Springs

  • Dogo Onsen, Ehime.
  • Arima Onsen, Hyogo.
  • Shirahama, Wakayama.

Three Baths of Fuso

  • Arima Onsen, Hyogo.
  • Yamanaka Onsen, Kaga, Ishikawa.
  • Kusatsu Onsen, Gunma.

Three Great Night Views

  • Hakodate seen from Mount Hakodate
  • Kobe and Osaka Bay seen from Mount Maya
  • Nagasaki seen from Mount Inasa

New Three Great Night Views

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

Three Holy Places of Ōshū

  • Kinkasan.
  • Mount Osore.
  • Dewa Sanzan.

Shrines

  • Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto.
  • Toyokawa Inari Shrine, Aichi.
  • Saijo Inari, Okayama or Yūtoku Inari Shrine, Kashima

Three Great Tenjin Shrines

  • Kitano Tenmangu in Kyoto, Kyoto
  • Dazaifu Tenmangu in Dazaifu, Fukuoka.
  • Hofu Tenmangu in Hofu, Yamaguchi.

Three Great Hachiman Shrines

  • Usa Hachimangu Shrine (Usa, Oita)
  • Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine(Yawata, Kyoto)
  • Hakozaki Hachimangu Shrine (Fukuoka, Fukuoka)

Three Great Torii

  • Omiwa Shrine (Sakurai, Nara)
  • Itsukushima Shrine (Miyajima), Hiroshima)
  • Kehi Shrine (Tsuruga, Fukui)

Three Hidden Regions

  • Shirakawa-go, Gifu
  • Iya Valley, Tokushima
  • Shiiba, Miyazaki

Three Caves

  • Akiyoshi-do (Akiyoshidai, Yamaguchi)
  • Ryuga-do (Kami, Kochi)
  • Ryusen-do Cave (Iwaizumi, Iwate

Three Sake Towns

  • Fushimi, Kyoto
  • Nada, Kobe
  • Saijo, Higashi-Hiroshima

Three Chinatowns

  • Yokohama Chūkagai, Yokohama
  • Shinchi-Chūkagai, Nagasaki
  • Nankinmachi, Kobe

Three Luxury Beefs

  • Kobe
  • Matsuzaka
  • Yonezawa