Nature Spots in Japan

  • Tokuyama Dam
    22 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Ibigunibigawachou Kaiden 448
    In addition to being one of Japan’s top rockfill dams in terms of total water and bank volume, the Tokuyama Dam is a dam constructed to be coexistent with nature. The dam is open for viewing everyday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. However, use of fire is strictly forbidden, and you must take all your trash with you. Descriptions of the Tokuyama Dam are provided in the Forestry Learning Hall. (Reservations required.)


  • Shibu Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanouchi cho, Shimokitai-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    The Shibu Pass, spanning between Nagano and Gunma Prefectures boasts a stone marker indicating the highest peak over which a national highway travels; National Route 292 running between Mt. Yokote and Mt. Shirane. The view from the peak can take your breath away. It overlooks the extensive Yoshigadaira Marshlands in which the luscious green of the trees and the wetlands intermingle. At dawn, the sea of clouds, softly glowing from the rays of the sun is a glorious sight to see.
  • Oshitoishi
    64 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Nakabaru 511
    This is a stone culture ruin dotted with huge megaliths named sun stones, and Cuneiform script-engraved mirror stones. If one borrows a compass from the management center and takes a walk around, the strong magnetic field means the needle which should by all rights be pointing North begins to swing creating quite an unsettling experience! It’s a spot where one can enjoy the beauty of nature including views of Mt. Kuju and Mt. Aso.

    You can enjoy truly 360 degrees panoramic view there. When it is fine, incredibly great view looking Mt Aso and Mt Kuju in the distance. This spot is also known as power spot since there are some...

  • Reigando Cave
    71 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshinishiku Matsuomachihirayama 589 Unzen Temple
    "A cave located in Nishi Ward, Kumamoto City. Situated at the foot of Mt. Kinbo, a statue of the Buddhist deity Kannon known as the ""Iwato Kannon"" is enshrined in the cave. The cave is also known as the place where the great warrior Miyamoto Musashi spent the last five years of his life writing ""The Book of Five Rings."""

    This place do not show up readily when you google for places to visit in Kumamoto. It’s more meaningful if you know the legendary Samurai Musashi. I find the hundreds of Buddhist monk figurines an...

  • Nakatsu Gorge
    45 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Agawagunniyodogawachou Nanokawa
    This river gorge is located in Nanokawa, Niyodogawa Town, Agawa County. It is a good spot for viewing the beautiful ''Niyodo Blue'' surface of the Niyodo River, which is known as ''the Miraculous Stream'' for the high quality of its water. A promenade has been built along the gorge, allowing visitors to take a walk while viewing the 20-meter-high Uryu Falls, the Ryugubuchi Falls, the Momiji Falls, and other sights.

    In my opinion, this is the most relaxing, beautiful place I have visited in Japan. The wonderful Yunomori Onsen is just next door, so you can relax after your hike. If you cant visit during hot...

  • Lake Okama
    Travel / Tourism
    Zao-cho, Kariya-gun, Miyagi prefecture
    Lake Okama is a round crater lake on Goshikidake Peak in the Zao Range, and it is a famous scenic spot, considered a symbolic place in the Goshiki Zao region. It is surrounded by three peaks, Zao Karitadake Peak, Kumanodake Peak, and Goshikidake Peak, and it derives its name, which means “kettle,” due to its shape. Due to the concentration of sulfur and other chemicals in the water, the surface of the lake can take on a turquoise or emerald green color, creating a mystic landscape. This lake is unique among the world’s lakes in that it has multiple temperature layers, with the water hotter at certain depths. Due to the acidity of the water, no living organisms inhabit the lake.
  • Mt. Moiwa
    Travel / Tourism
    Sapporo city Hokkaido Minami-ku
    This 531 meters tall mountain is in Sapporo's Minami Ward. Located roughly in the heart of the city, you can get to the middle using the cable car or Mt. Moiwa Sightseeing Highway by car, and from there take the Morisu Mini Cable Car to the top. There are also hiking paths to the top. From the peak, you can look out over Sapporo and Ishikari Bay on the Sea of Japan, making it a popular night time viewing spot.
  • Lake Miyagase
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Aikougunkiyokawamura Miyagase
    This lake adjoins the Kanagawa Prefecture municipalities of Aikawa Town in Aiko County, Kiyokawa Village, and Midori Ward in Sagamihara City. The Lake Miyagase Kohan Area, Dam Area, and Torii Hara Area are all developed and let visitors get close to nature with hands-on craft workshops, canoes, and more. In addition, it has been selected as one of the top 100 reservoirs by the Water Resources Environment Center.
  • Mt. Akagi
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Maebashishi Fujimimachiakagisan
    Located practically in the center of Gunma Prefecture, this polygenetic volcano is considered one of the most beautiful in the Kano region as well as one of the 100 most beautiful mountains in Japan. From May to July, a diverse variety of azalea species come into bloom, dying the mountain lovely colors. A variety of other activities can be enjoyed on the mountain throughout the year—in addition to mountain climbing, there's camping, hill climbing, trail running, wildlife observation and activity programs, and in winter, there's snowshoeing and pond smelt fishing on frozen Lake Onuma.
  • Narusawa Hyoketsu Ice Cave
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunnarusawamura 8533
    This is a cave located at the eastern entrance to the “Aokigahara Jukai” (sea of trees) forest, and is one of the sightseeing spots within the Fuji Five Lakes area. In 864 A.D., when Mt. Nagao, a flank volcano of Mt. Fuji erupted, the red hot lava flow descended down between the ancient parasitic volcanoes creating this cave. The average temperature within the cave is as low as three degrees, and it is covered with ice year round. It was designated by the Ministry of Education as a Natural Monument in 1929.
  • Lake Towada
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Towadakohanyasumiya
    A lake which straddles Towada City, Aomori Prefecture and Kosaka Town, Kazuno County, Akita Prefecture. 46 kilometers in diameter, this caldera lake was formed through volcanic activity. With a maximum depth of 327 meters, it is the third deepest lake in Japan. On its east side, the lake drains into the Oirase River and the area has been designated a Natural Monument as well as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty under the title “Lake Towada and Oirase Stream.” Here visitors can enjoy seasonal natural scenery, including fresh verdure in summer and fall foliage in autumn. Kokanee salmon are also raised in the lake and during fishing season many people come here to fish.
  • Lake Saroma Wakka Primeval Flower Garden (Ryugu Kaido)
    65 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Kitami-shi Tokorocho Sakaeura
    "The name ""Wakka"" means ""fresh water"" in Ainu language and the name comes from the phrase ""Wakka-O-I,"" meaning ""a place with fresh water."" It stems from the fact that there was a pond from which fresh water gushes forth near the center of the shoal of Lake Saroma. The road that leads for the shoal is called the Ryugyu Highway and has long been a beloved as a great place to see both the sea and the lake. More than 300 varieties of flowering plants in the area, which is a breeding ground for wild birds. The flowers reach peak bloom between late June and mid July most years."

    I dont necessarily look back at my 6 months in Kitami with regret (since I made some memorable acquaintances there), but to say the city is lacking in entertainment would be an all-time...

  • Aokigahara Sea of Trees
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Prefecture Minamitsuru-gun Fuji Kawaguchiko Town
    This 3,000-hectare forest was created by lava flows from Mt. Fuji's eruption in the year 864. This lush forest is primarily inhabited by evergreen trees such as Japanese cypress and southern Japanese hemlock, but is also home to broadleaf trees such as Mongolian oak and Japanese maple. Do the many species of flora and fauna that can be seen there, we recommend taking a guided tour with a certified nature guide.
  • Chirihama Beach Driveway
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Prefecture Hakui
    Chirihama Beach Driveway is a tourist highway that extends for approximately 8 km along sandy beach from Imahama, Hodatsushimizu-cho, Hakui District, in Ishikawa Prefecture to Chirihama Town. The sand has been compacted so hard by the action of the waves that it is as hard as a surfaced road, making it possible for cars and buses to drive along the beach; it is the only beach driveway of its kind in Japan. In summer, many tourists visit the area to relax at the beach or go shellfish-gathering. In TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards for the Best Beaches in the World, Chirihama Beach ranked number one within Japan.
  • Menfudo Limestone Cave
    50 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Yoshinoguntenkawamura Dorogawa 678-89
    Menfudo Limestone cave is the largest limestone cave in the Kansai region. Inside the dome-shaped interior, visitors can see marvelous stalactites and stalagmites. The average temperature inside the cave is about 8°C year-round. A statue of the guardian deity Fudo has been set up in the deepest part of the cave, where no outside air penetrates.

    Compare with another limestone caves in Europe, this place is quite small but pretty. The most impressive thing is truck train!! Very original and thrilling because there are no guard rails so be...

  • Ikoma-Kogen Flower Station
    53 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyazaki Pref. Kobayashishi Minaminishikata 8565-28
    The Ikoma Highlands are located in Kobayashi City. Taking in the sweeping views of majestic Mt. Kirishima and the mountains of Kyushu, visitors to the area can also enjoy seasonal flowers such as rapeseed and poppies in spring and cosmos in fall. The shop at this rest area sells Miyazaki gifts and souvenirs like charcoal grilled meats and shochu. The rest area's flavorful coffee brewed with fresh ground beans, and its rich soft serve ice cream are also popular.

    A lovely place to spend a quiet or romantic afternoon if youre in Kobayashi. I went there twice in one day, once to see the cosmos flowers and enjoy a homemade lemonade and once to see the fireworks...

  • Chausuyama Highland
    Travel / Tourism
    Aichi Pref. Kitashitaraguntoyonemura Sakauba 70-185
    This field of flowers is located near the summit of Mt. Hagitaroyama, in Sakauba, ToyoneVillage, Kitashitara County. At an altitude of 1,358 meters, there are seven kinds of approximately 400,000 Moss phlox flowers, which cover a vast area of 22,000 square meters. The Shibazakura Festival is held here from mid-May to early June.
  • Aoyama Plateau
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Igashi Kachidi
    This plateau occupies one corner of Muro-Akame-Aoyama Quasi-National Park, located in Kachiji, Iga City, Mie Prefecture. The plateau's gentle slopes and the Aoyama Plateau National Park Road and Tokai Nature Trail are maintained to allow visitors to enjoy driving and walking here. In the spring, Japanese andromeda and Rhododendrons bloom, and throughout the summer visitors can see the small red Carnation flowers. Visitors can also enjoy the beauty of the four seasons with the Maiden Silvergrass in the fall and the frost-covered trees in the winter. Near the top of the plateau, there is a wind farm with dozens of wind turbines. Visitors can come close to the turbines to appreciate this impressive sight.
  • Meguro River
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Setagaya Ward Meguro-ku, Shinagawa-ku
    The Meguro River is a Class B River that flows through Tokyo’s Setagaya City, Meguro City and Shinagawa City before flowing out into Tokyo Bay. Around 4 km of the River’s course is lined with cherry trees, and as a result it is visited by large numbers of tourists during the spring cherry blossom season. In winter, the River is lit up spectacularly with special illuminations; the Meguro River thus receives a great many visitors throughout the year. Many fascinating shops and fashionable restaurants are located near the River, which are popular with people of both sexes and all ages. All in all, the Meguro River is a great place for a stroll.
  • Nippara Limestone Cave
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Nishitamagunokutamamachi Nippara 1052
    A limestone cave located in Tokyo’s Nishitama District and one of the largest in the Kanto region as well as a prefecturally designated Natural Monument. The interior is cool in the summer and warm in the winter, maintaining a constant temperature of about 11°C year-round. Visitors can enjoy majestic and fantastical scenery interwoven with the surrounding natural greenery outside.

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