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8 Real 'Laputa'-Like Locations in Japan

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5. 'Road to Laputa' (Aso, Kumamoto)

Dubbed the “Road to Laputa,” this road has become a very popular tourist attraction. The area is known for its inversions and breathtaking scenery. Unfortunately, due to the Kumamoto Earthquake, the roads here are currently being repaired and are temporarily closed.

6. Takeda Castle (Asago City, Hyogo)

Known locally as the “Machu Picchu of Japan,” this ruined castle sits 353 meters (1,158 ft) above sea level and is sometimes surrounded by clouds or fog. When it is, it becomes the perfect “castle in the sky.” Until 10 years ago it was an unnamed castle, but due to media coverage, it’s now become a popular tourist attraction.

7. Bitchu Matsuyama Castle a.k.a. Takahashi Castle (Takahashi City, Okayama)

One of the top 100 castles in Japan. The castle is often surrounded by a bed of clouds, making the area a popular spot for seeing inversions.

8. Besshi Copper Mine (Niihama City, Ehime)

A copper mine until 1973, it’s now merely the site for a number of ruins. Part of the copper mine is currently being used in a nearby theme park, which doesn’t take away from its fantasy-like looks.

Each of these locations would look stunning no matter which season you visit, so be sure to add them to your travel plans the next time you're in Japan.

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