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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 ViewsEdit

Floating torii, Miyajima

New Three ViewsEdit


Three Great Night ViewsEdit

View from Mount Inasa

三大夜景 Sandaiyakei

New Three Great Night ViewsEdit

新三大夜景 Shin-sandaiyakei

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


Himeji Castle
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, Takahashi

Three Famous CastlesEdit

三名城 Sanmeijō. A list written by Ogyu Sorai in the Edo Period. He chose these three castles as the top among those designed by Kato Kiyomasa and Todo Takatora who he considered to be the best castle designers. All three are modern reconstructions, since Kumamoto Castle burned down during the 1877 Satsuma Rebellion and Nagoya and Osaka Castles were destroyed during World War II.

Three Great Mountain CastlesEdit

三大山城 Sandaiyamashiro

Three Great Flatland Mountain CastlesEdit

三大平山城 Sandaihiroyamashiro.

  • Himeji Castle in Himeji, Hyogo. Famed for its brilliant white exterior, Himeji survived both the Meiji Reformation and World War II largely unscathed and is generally considered the finest surviving example of a Japanese castle.
  • Matsuyama Castle in Matsuyama, Ehime
  • Tsuyama Castle in Tsuyama, Okayama

Three Famous GardensEdit

Korakuen Garden, Okayama

三名園 Sanmeien


Nebuta Matsuri, Aomori
Gion Matsuri, Kyoto
Gujo Odori, Gujo
Omagari Fireworks, Daisen

Three Great FestivalsEdit

三大祭 Sandaisai

The Nebuta Matsuri of Aomori is often considered to be one of the top three festivals, but it is actually only listed as one of the top three festivals of the Tohoku region (below).

Three Great Festivals of TohokuEdit


Three Great Festivals of KyotoEdit


  • Gion Matsuri
  • Aoi Matsuri
  • Jidai Matsuri

Three Great Festivals of ShikokuEdit


Three Great Obon FestivalsEdit


Three Great FireworksEdit


Hot SpringsEdit

Certainly one of the more hotly contested categories. (No pun intended).

Three Great Hot SpringsEdit

三大温泉 Sandaionsen

Three Famous SpringsEdit

三名泉 Sanmeisen. Authored by Hayashi Razan, father of Hayashi Gahō.

Three Old SpringsEdit

Bathhouse, Dogo Onsen

三古湯 Sankosen

Three Baths of FusōEdit

扶桑三名湯 Fusō-sanmeiyu. Fusō is a poetic name for Japan and this one is credited to traveling haiku poet Matsuo Basho.


Three Great Inari ShrinesEdit

Fushimi Inari, Kyoto
Usa Shrine, Usa
Kehi Shrine's Torii Gate

三大稲荷 Sandai Inari

As the head of all Inari shrines, Fushimi Inari Shrine is naturally one of the top three, but there is little historical or present consensus on the others. After Fushimi Inari, the list varies depending on the source. Takekoma Shrine in Iwanuma and Kasuma Inari Shrine in Kasama are also suggested by some.

Three Great Tenjin ShrinesEdit

三大天神 Sandai Tenjin

All Tenjin (Tenmangu) shrines are dedicated to the worship of Sugawara Michizane. This top three list actually highlights his exile from Kyoto to Dazaifu. Along the way, he stopped in Hofu and built the first Tenjin shrine. Official dedication of shrines to him began after his death when a series of natural disasters and tragedies in the capital were believed to be caused by his restless soul seeking vengeance for his unjust exile. Kitano Tenmangu was built to pacify him.

Three Great Hachiman ShrinesEdit

三八幡 San Hachiman

Three Great ToriiEdit

三大鳥居 Sandai Torii


Three Sacred GroundsEdit

Okunoin graves on Mount Koya

三大霊場 sandai-reijo

Three Holy Places of ŌshūEdit

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 Big BuddhasEdit

Great Buddha of Kamakura

三大大仏 Sandai-daibutsu

Three PagodasEdit

三名塔 Sanmeitō

Three Hase TemplesEdit

三長谷 Sanhase


Vine bridge, Iya Valley
Osugi Gorge
Kegon Falls

Three Famous MountainsEdit

三名山 Sanmeizan (Three Famous Mountains), also 三霊山 Sanreizan (Three Sacred Mountains)

Three Hidden RegionsEdit

三大秘境 Sandaihikkyō

Top Three GorgesEdit


Three CavesEdit


Three WaterfallsEdit


Three Pine GrovesEdit

三大松原 Sandai-matsubara


Three Sake TownsEdit

Chinatown, Yokohama


Three Lacquerware TownsEdit


Three ChinatownsEdit

三大中華街 Sandai-chūkagai


Kitakata Ramen
Sanuki Udon


三大そば Sandai-soba'


三大ラーメン Sandai-raamen


三大うどん Sandai-udon


三大和牛 Sandai-wagyu

Some sources also claim Yonezawa Beef (Yonezawa) is one of the top three beefs.

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