Contrary to the urbanized cities such as Tokyo and Osaka, Japan is proud of various fabulous natures. Japan has unique geographical features that group of islands is scattered in the vertically-long-shaped wide area of the sea, stretching from Okinawa (subtropical climate) to Hokkaido (subarctic climate). Also, the islands of Japan are rich in water and green, mainly consisting of mountains and volcanos. Those conditions bring beautiful natural sceneries in all over Japan. Here are the top sites of the natural landscape in Japan.
Climbing and Trekking Mountains
Mt. Fuji (Fuji, Chubu)
Situated in Aomori, North Tohoku Region, this relatively small castle with roofs covered with copper plates that are strong against severe cold weather. Japan's top cherry blossom site, where you can see full-blooming 2,600 cherry blossom trees with castles and rivers, lighted up in night time, at the beginning of May.
is the best place to enjoy trekking, seeing beautiful natures like transparent lakes and rivers with a background of splendid mountains.
is a bit hard to reach, but various attractive sceneries such as snow valley, the huge dam, tons of stars on the sky, mountains and ponds are worth seeing.
Yakushima Island (Kyushu)
s covered with the primitive deep forest where you can enjoy trekking courses feeling holly nature. The world heritage assets.
(秋葉原) The chaotic city is well known as the epicenter of Japanese pop-culture and electronics, which is the must-visit area for who loves those. In the buildings decorated with colorful signs, there are many stores and services related to anime, manga, games, various hobbies, costumes, Japanese idols, and other subcultural stuff. You would find the rare items which are available only here in Japan, even in the world, and also 2nd-hand electronics market is developed here so you can buy high-value items. It’s good to look for your favorites and to purchase souvenirs here. Also, there are special-type cafes and restaurants available such as maid cafe, cat cafe, etc. which make you enjoy another aspect of Japan.
5. Amanohashidate (Kansai)
The powerful and massive castle still preserves multiple historical architectures since the Edo period. Hikone was planned to be attacked on Aug15 during the wold war, but it was canceled due to Japan's surrender, and Hikone Castle still stands thanks for that. Registered with national treasures.
6. Himeji Castle (Himeji, Kansai)
The most popular Japanese castle is renowned for the spectacular appearance of white-colored successive castle towers. Registered with both world heritage and national treasures, that is applicable only for Himeji Castle.
15. Meiji Seimeikan明治生命館
(鎌倉) Kamakura is the ancient city reachable from Tokyo in one hour via train. Represented by the great Buddha statue with 13m in height, there are still many beautiful historic sites and temples in the city. Also, the entire town is abundant with nature and walking through hiking courses stopping by historic sites is an excellent way to feel the goodness of Japan. The center of the city has a prosperous shopping street where travelers can eat tasty meals and purchase traditional items for a souvenir. Kamakura used to be the capital of Japan, during years from 1192 to 1333, when Minamoto-no-Yoritomo and Hojō clan founded and governed Kamakura Shogunate. After that, a capital function moved back to Kyoto, but as of today still, many historical assets remain as they were. The best season is from spring to early summer when you can enjoy blooming flowers in temple grounds.
1. Hasedera Temple長谷寺
Dating from 736, Hasedera Temple is well known for the largest class of wooden Kannon statue, beautiful seasonal flowers, and historical temple architectures. Especially, full-blooming hydrangea in the early summer and autumn leaves are favorite of travelers (be prepared for crowds in those seasons). It locates in a higher place, so the view from the top of the temple is awesome.
2. Great Buddha Kotokuin Kamakura Daibutsu 高徳院鎌倉大仏
This Great Buddha with 13m in height is the symbol of Kamakura and a must-see site. Daibutsu completed in 1243 and it has kept its original feature since then, but its detailed history and the reason for the foundation are not clear even as of today. You can enter inside of Buddha.
3. Tsurugaoka Hachimangū 鶴岡八幡宮
One of three greatest Hachimangū of 44,000 Hachimangū shrines over entire Japan, Tsurugaoka Hachimangū is a representative shrine of Kamakura, enshrining the god of victory and protection for samurai in Kamakura. The highlights are magnificent scenery of large stone stairs and grand vermilion-colored buildings with the background of a mountain. Dating from 1063, most of the original shrine buildings were lost and rebuilt due to the wars, and current ‘Hongu’ main building was the one restored in 1828. Maybe you can find a traditional wedding ceremony by chance.
4. Hōkokuji Temple 報国寺
Hōkokuji Temple is famous for the spectacular scenery of a garden with 2,000 bamboos. Because of its popularity, it’s recommended to visit here in the early morning for feeling a quiet and imaginary atmosphere when a few people are there. Matcha tea and a snack are served for some costs.