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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:

ViewsEdit

Three ViewsEdit

 
Floating torii, Miyajima

New Three ViewsEdit

日本新三景

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



CastlesEdit

 
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.

Three Great Mountain CastlesEdit

三大山城 Sandaiyamashiro

Three Great Flatland Mountain CastlesEdit

三大平山城 Sandaihiroyamashiro


Three Famous GardensEdit

 
Korakuen Garden, Okayama

三名園 Sanmeien


Three Famous MountainsEdit

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


Three Sacred GroundsEdit

 
Okunoin graves on Mount Koya

三大霊場 sandai-reijo


Three Famous Big BuddhasEdit

 
Great Buddha of Kamakura

三大大仏 Sandai-daibutsu


FestivalsEdit

 
Nebuta Matsuri, Aomori
 
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

東北三大祭り

Three Great Festivals of KyotoEdit

京都三大祭

  • Gion Matsuri
  • Aoi Matsuri
  • Jidai Matsuri

Three Great Festivals of ShikokuEdit

四国三大祭り

Three Great Obon FestivalsEdit

日本三大盆踊り

Three Great FireworksEdit

日本三大花火


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 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.


ShrinesEdit

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


NatureEdit

 
Vine bridge, Iya Valley
 
Osugi Gorge
 
Kegon Falls

Three Hidden RegionsEdit

三大秘境 Sandaihikkyō

Top Three GorgesEdit

三大渓谷

Three CavesEdit

日本三大鍾乳洞

Three WaterfallsEdit

日本三名瀑


Three Sake TownsEdit

 
Sake Brewery in Higashihiroshima

日本三大酒処

Three Lacquerware TownsEdit

Three ChinatownsEdit

 
Chinatown, Yokohama

三大中華街 Sandai-chūkagai

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