Other Natural Terrain Spots in Japan

  • Onioshidashi Park
    348 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumaguntsumagoimura Kambara 1053
    This beautiful scenery was created from the lava that flowed out and spread when Mt. Asama had its giant eruption in 1783. The sight of the giant lava boulders scattered around makes for an impressive sight. In spring the lovely alpine plants bloom in profusion, while visitors can enjoy the changing leaves in the fall. The contrast with the deep black earth is indeed a sight to behold.

    どこを見ても溶岩に囲われていて、自然の凄さや強さを感じることができる場所でした。 景色も良く30分ほど歩きました。 一度は訪れるべき、おすすめの場所です。 I drove there at late February. There is nice view and I felt the power of nature. I walked for about 30 minutes there...

  • Kinsakubaru Virgin Forest
    92 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Amami-shi Naze Asato Kane Sakuhara
    This virgin forest located about a 30-minute drive from Amami City is the most untouched subtropical broad-leaved tree forests left on Amami Oshima Island. The forest, which extends deep into the mountains of Naze, evokes images of ancient times. The forest's massive 10 meter-tall Cyathea lepifera ferns are living fossils whose fronds are believed to have been fodder for dinosaurs eons ago. The sunlight filtered through their large umbrella-like fronds creates a mystical spectacle to behold. The forest is also a habitat for rare wildlife such as Lidth's jay, a national Natural Monument, as well as the Okinawan tree lizard.


  • Izumi City Crane Observation Center
    72 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Izumishi Shou 2478-4
    A facility located a 40-minute drive from the Tsunagi interchange on the west circuit of the Minamikyushu Expressway where visitors can watch cranes up close. Only open from November 1 to the fourth Sunday in March the following year, the facility is a top wintertime tourism destination in Izumi City. From the two story, reinforced concrete building, the site of the over 10 thousand cranes which gather in the area is truly spectacular. The facility opens early only on January 1, enabling visitors at this time to see the first sunrise of the new year emerging over the cranes. There is a shop and café on the first floor, and visitors can enjoy a warm cup of coffee while watching the cranes.

    Has an interesting amount of crane information. Doesnt open until after the cranes have flown in the morning. Has good views of the feeding cranes later in the day.

  • Onnenai Boardwalk
    35 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Akan-gun Tsuruimura Onnenai Onnenai Visitor Center
    This is a wooden pathway that starts from the Onnenai Visitor Center at the western end of the Kushiro Wetlands. There is a two-kilometer barrier-free wooden boardwalk that allows you to stroll through the Kushiro Wetlands, observing the flora and fauna of the changing seasons. Also leading to the promenade of Kushiro Marsh Observatory, it is a very popular place to enjoy a gentle stroll. It takes approximately one hour to go around once. Depending on the season, you can enjoy seeing flowers such as bogbean, cotton grass and bog rosemary as you go around wetlands of reed, sedges and peat moss. In addition, you can see wild birds, and Heike fireflies from July to August.

    Arriving just after daybreak the bridge was busy but people faded away. I counted approx 15 cranes you need decent binoculars or scope, as well as the cranes I saw a white tailed eagle, kingfisher...

  • Hoshitoge terraced rice fields
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Touge
    At Hoshitoge, around 200 tanada (terraced rice fields) of different sizes dot the slopes; the appearance of the landscape changes with the seasons and with the time of day. During the period when the “Sea of Clouds” effect and the “Mizukagami” phenomenon (whereby the surface of the flooded rice fields shines like a mirror) are most common, the Hoshitoge area receives large numbers of tourists from throughout Japan. However, the fields are located on working farms, so visitors are asked to be respectful and considerate. The Hoshitoge terraced rice fields are located around 20-minute walk from Matsudai Station on the Hokuetsu Express Hokuhoku Line.
  • Shirakawa Suigen Spring Source
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiasomura Shirakawa 2092-1
    This is a first-class river (a specified waterway of special importance protected by the government) which flows through the centre of Kumamoto City. It is classic example of Minami Aso spring water, and it was also selected as one of the 100 best waters in Japan by the Environmental Agency. The normal temperature of this spring water is 14°C and 60 tons per minute gushes out into the Shirakawa River, and it is possible to take spring water from the source home. Heat treated water is also for sale.
  • Ohanabatake
    13 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Nyukawachouiwaidani Norikura Tatami
    This is an area where alpine plants grow in Mt. Norikura, A variety of alpine plants such as dryas pentapetala, kamchatka lily and narcissus anemone grow here and the area boasts pretty flowers in bloom from the end of June to the middle of August every year. There is a boardwalk where the flowers bloom and visitors are able to enjoy walking around with ease. Entering Mt. Norikura by car is regulated throughout the year, so it is recommended to use the shuttle bus or a taxi.

    乗鞍の標高2702メートル 畳平のバスターミナルの中にあります 軽食コーナーとひとつ上の階にはレストランがあります 値段は高め、味は普通です

  • Hongan Shozu Itoyo no Sato
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukui Ono-shi Itoyocho 8-44
    A learning facility in Itoyo-cho, Ono City. It's located next to the Hongan Shozu spring water pond which is one of the few habitats for the three-spined stickleback fish and as such as been designated as a Natural Monument of Japan. Inside the building you can learn all about the ecology of the stickleback with an area where you can watch them and exhibits teaching you about their living environment.


  • Hanno Riverside
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Hannoushi Kuge
    Located along the Iruma River, this spot is about a 15-minute walk west of Hanno Station along Prefectural Route 70. The riverside has lots of green space where children can run free in the midst of nature. The river is shallow enough for even preschoolers to play in, and a wooden deck and a boardwalk along it makes it great for a stroll. Lots of visitors come to view the blossoms when the riverbed's cherry trees flower in spring. There's also a shopping area nearby where you can rent equipment to have a barbecue.
  • Neagari-matsu
    6 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Kenrokumachi
    This black pine tree is one of the Kenrokuen garden’s famous sights. Its name literally means “rising root pine,” and the 15-meter tall tree combined with its 40 roots of varying sizes rising as much as two meters off the ground is a stunning sight to behold. According to records, Maeda Nariyasu, the 13th lord of Kaga Domain, originally piled up a mound of earth and planted the tree on top of it; as such, its roots were originally covered by soil, but as it grew the roots became exposed. Also serving as the derivation of the former town of Neagari, in 1978 it was designated the town’s first Cultural Property. Today, a cedar bark-lined path passes by the tree, and many visitors strolling the garden take a moment to stop and admire the view.

    Neagarimatsu is another type of prominent pine trees found in Kenrokuen. We saw these old pine trees with big exposed roots near the Karasaki pine trees. Apparently, when growing these pine trees...

  • Mutsu City Wakinozawa Wild Monkey Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Mutsu-shi
    This park keeps around 50 Japanese macaques, a monkey which was designated as a natural monument in 1970 since the place is at the northern limit of range for Japanese macaques. Besides tennis courts and hiking trails, Yamamura Square also offers an assortment of variously sized bungalows, from family-size ones to large ones for up to 15 people.
  • Onikobe Kanketsusen
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Osakishi Narukonsenonikoube Fukiage 12
    Visitors can view geysers at this facility about 20 minutes by car from the JR Rikuu Tosen Line's Naruko-Onsen Station. You can view two geysers up close: the 15-meter high Benten which erupts at 10-minute intervals, and the two or three-meter-high Unryu which erupts every 20 to 30 minutes. Their eatery serves Okowa Teishoku set meals featuring onsen tamago eggs with their characteristic soft whites. There's also an area where you can try making onsen tamago yourself. It's closed for winter from December to late March.
  • Forest of Illusions
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Mogami-gun Tozawamura Furukuchi Tsuchiyu
    This forest is located in the Furukuchi Tsuchiyu, Tozawa Village, Mogami County. It is densely populated by Tsuchiyu Japanese cedars, which are abundant along the Mogami River. The complex forks and curves of the trunks of these enormous trees, which are said to be over 1,000 years old, create a wondrous view worthy of the forest’s name.

    枝分かれした杉の木がいくつも立っていて、本当に幻想的です。 幹が裂けたものや、穴の開いたものなど、見ていて飽きません。 森自体はウッドチップで整備されていますが、国道から細い砂利の林道を3キロぼど進む必要がります。 基本すれ違いができないので車では行かない方が良いです。 出かける前に土湯沢林道で通行可能かチェックしましょう。 私が言ったのは、平日の昼頃でしたが、車3台、バイク1台と出会いました...

  • Ichinokurasawa
    Travel / Tourism
    Minakami Town, Tone-gun, Gunma Prefecture
    Located in the farther in from the Doaiguchi stop on the Tanigawadake aerial tram, this is one of the peaks of the Tanigawadake range. It is one of Japan's three great rock formations, and is a rock climbing haven. The steep rock walls are awesome and overwhelming, and the view is enough to take one's breath away. The gorge can be visited by tram, chair lift, or bus so that one can enjoy a little mountain field trip with even young children. Here one can take in all the bountiful expanse of nature with its colorful foliage in the autumn, and the fresh green against the lingering snow in mid-summer. From November through May the gorge is closed.
  • Hotokegaura
    Travel / Tourism
    Sai village in Shimokita-gun, Aomori Prefecture
    Hotokegaura is a series of impressive giant and oddly shaped rock formations extending about two kilometers along the coast. The crashing waves continually erode the rock face, and the resulting effects are mysterious and an amazing sight, especially given the contrast between the broad, blue sea and the gray rocks. It is believed that these rocks were created by undersea volcanic activity about 20 million years ago. While the rocks are visible from land, it is also possible to take an excursion boat to see them from the sea.
  • Ouketsu gun (pot hole)
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Shima
    These eight giant and small kettles can be seen at the Shima River that flows through Nakanojo Town, Agazuma County, Gunma Prefecture. Where whirlpools have formed, stones and sand eroding the bedrock of the riverbed have produced the giant’s kettles over tens of thousands of years. The largest is eight meters across and 3.2 meters deep and has been designated a prefectural natural monument.
  • Bise Fukugi Tree Road
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunmotobuchou Bise
    Bise Fukugi Tree Road is a tunnel of garcinia subelliptica trees surrounding a village which is divided like a grid. The trees were planted as a wind shield for the houses and have grown. The estimated age of the oldest tree is said to be 300 years old and the bright green color is dazzling. A ride on a water buffalo cart is also recommended.
  • Katakuri to Omurasaki no Forest
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Hiki-gun Ogawamachi Ogawa 1405-2
    This colony of dogtooth violets is located in Ogawa Town, Hiki County. The single large cluster is the result of a regional conservation effort started to reclaim the natural scenery of the satoyama (a border area between mountain foothills and flat land). In early July, there is also a festival to release giant purple butterflies, the national butterfly of Japan. There is also a small museum that serves as a rest area.


  • Amanoyasugawara
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyazaki Pref. Nishiusukiguntakachihochou Iwato
    This riverbed is about a 10-minute walk up along the Iwato River from Amanoiwato-jinja Shrine. It is said that when Amaterasu Omikami, the Sun Goddess, shut herself inside this cave behind a rock door, eight million gods gathered here and held a ceremony. If you stack rocks and make a wish, it will supposedly come true—which is why countless piles of rocks can be seen in the area, creating a mysterious sight indeed.
  • Toki Forest Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Nibonagaune 383-2
    The Toki Forest Park is situated next to the Sado Toki Conservation Center in Sado City, Niigata Prefecture. There are a number of different facilities dotted about the place relating to the crested ibis, or “toki”, designated a National Natural Monument. The Toki Rapport Plaza, complete with large breeding cages, enables visitors to see the toki up close. The Toki Materials Exhibition Hall highlights the conservation work surrounding toki through the use of panels, audio-visual materials and specimens, and the Observation Gallery enables visitors to observe the crested ibises in the Sado Toki Conservation Center through the windows.

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