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Japan’s Most Beautiful National Parks
- For such a small archipelago, Japan has unparalleled natural beauty, ranging from ocean views to snowy mountain peaks. The national park service started in 1931 to preserve the country’s natural wonders for the public. Since then, 33 national parks have been established, protecting vast areas of land covering marshland, volcanoes, jungles, and more. Bandai Asahi Bandai Asahi Covering three prefectures, Fukushima, Yamagata, and Niigata, Bandai Asahi is the third largest national park in the country. There is plenty to do in the park, with over 1,800 square kilometers of land covering flower fields, mountain ranges, and freshwater lakes. The park is best known for its mountain ranges, including Mount O-Asahi, one of Japan’s 100 Famous Mountains. Mountain worship is common throughout the park and both pilgrims and climbers can be found sleeping on the trails weaving up the mountain ranges. There are also shorter trails surrounding the mountains, which are great for enjoying the many lakes and wildlife Bandai Asahi has to offer. The park is beautiful year round but is especially pristine in winter. The snow contrasts with the sapphire lakes and colossal mountain ranges, creating a winter wonderland straight out of a storybook. Just be sure to wear plenty of layers. Iriomote Ishigaki Iriomote Ishigaki The southernmost national park is Iriomote Ishigaki, located in Okinawa. The park covers five islands: Iriomote, Kohama, Kuro, Taketomi, and Ishigaki. Visitors can take part in marine activities and appreciate the protected wildlife found only in Okinawa, such as the iriomote wildcat and coral reefs. Taketomi island has a circumference of a little over 5 kilometers and is a great place to experience Okinawa’s island nature and to get a taste of small village life. Bicycle rentals are aplenty and a convenient way to travel from the village to the local beach. The island has a population of only a little over 300 and is a great place to experience a vacation off the grid. Iriomote Ishigaki Iriomote island is primarily covered in jungle greenery, mountains, and waterfalls and has plenty of local wildlife. Mangrove kayaking is a popular activity for navigating the jungles and safely journeying deep into the wilderness. San’in Kaigan Geopark San’in Kaigan Geopark More than just a national park, the San’in Kaigan is a geopark, a certified UNESCO site that preserves the diverse geology of the region. The park is huge, covering over 2,400 square kilometers, and encompasses three different prefectures, Hyogo, Kyoto, and Tottori. One part of the park can look drastically different from the other, as the topography ranges from onsen villages and rice paddies to cerulean beaches. The Tottori sand dunes are the most famous feature of the park. The dunes create an image of a desert but are in fact, right next to the ocean. Towada Hachimantai Towada Hachimantai Towada Hachimantai covers Aomori, Akita, and Iwate and is filled with some of Tohoku’s natural wonders. One of Japan’s 100 Famous Mountains, Mount Hakkoda covers the Aomori side of the park. It is best known for its fall foliage, which arrives early in the season. The mountain is also picturesque in the winter with some of the highest levels of snowfall found in the region. Towada Hachimantai Mount Nyoto is home to a secluded onsen village. With over ten types of hot springs, these villages have lots of different accommodation options with a variety of baths to choose from. The onsens can be chosen by their nature spot, their health benefits, or just their convenient location. Most of the baths are open air, so bathers can experience the crisp mountain air while relaxing in the steaming water. Setonaikai on Shodoshima Island Setonaikai on Shodoshima Island Setonaikai National Park is on Shodoshima, one of the many art islands in the Seto Inland Sea that participates in the modern art Setouchi Triennale. More off the beaten path and filled with nature than its more famous neighbors Naoshima and Teshima, Shodoshima is ideal for relaxing alongside nature and chancing upon the sculptures still standing from years past. Angel Road is the highlight of Setonaikai, a strip of sand accessible only when the tide is low. The sandbar is synonymous with romance, as the walk is said to give good luck to couples. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 21. June. 2018
Trekking the Oze Marshlands
- Hidden in the mountains that border the four prefectures of Gunma, Fukushima, Tochigi, and Niigata sits the Oze National Park, a rare highland marsh and grassland that has remained untouched to development. Created by lava flow from a nearby volcano, the wetland area is home to abundant natural life and wide-open spaces that are unimaginable so close to Tokyo. Oze is a sight to behold year-round, with lush plant life from late Spring through summer, and incredible autumn colours in the fall. Winter months bring deep snow, and limited access, so we don’t suggest planning to visit outside of the official opening times. You’ll find Japanese skunk cabbage called mizubaso with their beautiful flowers in the spring, and yellow alpine lillies in the summer. While it can be enjoyed as an ambitious day trip from Tokyo, we suggest taking it a bit slower and staying at one of the mountain huts to divide your day. The oldest hut, Chozo Goya, was built in 1890 on Oze Pond, and the scenery hasn’t changed much since then. We definitely recommend staying at least one night in Oze unless you already happen to be in the area. Otherwise, the transport time from Tokyo (3~4 hours) will make your trip too rushed to enjoy. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 31. March. 2017
- Abukuma Cave
- Fukushima Pref. Tamurashi Takinemachisugaya Higashi Busan 1
Cost is 1200Yen per adult - average size limestone cave but I have been to better ones in Japan and other countries. Ryusendo and Utsonomiya are way bigger and better. Considering the distance...
- Lake Inawashiro
- Fukushima Pref. Yamaguninawashiromachi
- Mt. Iimori
- Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Ikkimachiyahata
- Goshikinuma Lakes
- Fukushima Pref. Yamagunkitashiobaramura Hibara
- Sanjo Falls
- Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunhinoematamura Mount Mt.
Fukushima Main Areas
Fukushima is a blend of fantastic scenery, delectable sake, and kaleidoscopic colors. This nature-rich prefecture displays its splendor from the hidden Abukuma Cave underground right to the top of its sky-high mountain road, known as the Bandai-Azuma Skyline.
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