Japan is island nation of unique beauty, but three locations are traditionally accepted as being the three most scenic spots of Japan.
We may ask, how were these places selected? During Edo period (1600-1867) Shunsai Hayashi, who was a Confucian scholar, traveled throughout Japan on foot and wrote a book based on his experiences.
In this book, "Nihon Kokujisekikou" ("Observations About the Remains of Japan's Civil Affairs"), he bestowed unqualified praise on the three locations in Japan he thought that offered travelers the most scenic beauty he in the nation.
The scenic masterpieces of Matsushima, Amanohashidate, and Miyajima are as spectacular today as they were in the Edo period.
These three remarkable sites, textured by the sea and abundant greenery, have not only touched the hearts of millions of people, but have also served as a colorful background to history itself.
The exquisite beauty of these sites has inspired poets, writers, and artists to immortalize the scenic charm and awe-inspiring vision of Japan. These are Japan's Meccas that everyone wants to visit at least once.