Rivers / Waterfalls in Shizuoka
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Deep Japan: 7 of the Country’s Best Hikes
- If you’re looking for a city escape, or want to really embrace the untouched beauty of Japan, be sure to add a mountain hike to your itinerary. The landscape of the country is incredibly volcanic, which makes for an otherworldly scenery and fertile ground for diverse foliage. Here are just a handful of the nation’s most stunning treks. Kirifuri Kogen Kirifuri Kogen Just eight kilometers north of the of beautiful Nikko city is where you’ll find Kisuge-daira, a lush highland nestled on the side of Mt Akanagi. Breathtaking mountain range views, an altitude of 1300-1600 meters and home to the picturesque Kirifuri Falls, a hike around the Kirifuri Kogen is unforgettable. Lush green in summer, dotted with colorful floral displays in spring and awash in fiery shades of red and orange in autumn it’s a must-visit for anyone interested in witnessing Japan’s natural beauty first hand. Takachiho No Mine Takachiho No Mine Positioned in the northern corner of Miyazaki Prefecture sits Takachiho, an area rich with mystical history and a stunning mountain called Takachiho-no-mine. Standing at 1574 meters tall, the mountain is a popular hiking destination for those who want to explore the country’s more unique landscape, complete with moon-like volcanic rocks. It may not be the easiest hike, but from the summit, the views of the neighboring city of Miyakonojo and the smoking silhouette of Mt. Sakurajima in the distance make it all worthwhile. Nishizawa Ravine Nishizawa Ravine Yamanashi is home to some of Japan’s most beautiful hikes, making it an excellent day or weekend trip from Tokyo or Chiba. If you only have the time to go on one adventure, make the journey to Nishizawa Ravine. Dotted with waterfalls this looped walking trail is relatively quiet, incredibly picturesque and easy for casual hikers too. About 10 kilometers in total, the hike takes between three to five hours and is less than a two-hour journey from central Tokyo. Mt. Takao Mt. Takao Another lush city escape is the ever popular Mt. Takao. Only around 50-minutes from Shinjuku by train it’s one of the more leisurely day trips from the city, but offers some incredible natural scenery, including views of Mt. Fuji on a clear day, an impressive traditional temple and a variety walking paths to explore the mountainside. There is a network of different trails that weave their way up the side of Takao for those of varying hiking levels. The number one hike is the most accessible. Here, autumn is the most beautiful time of the year, but be warned it’s also the most popular. Dewa Sanzan Dewa Sanzan Known in English as ‘the three mountains of Dewa’ Dewa Sanzan is a family of three sacred mountains located in Yamagata Prefecture. Each mountain represents a different stage of life; birth (Haguro-san), death (Gas-san) and rebirth (Yudono-san), and each features a shrine at the mountain peak. In winter the mountains are rather inaccessible given Yamagata’s heavy snowfall, however during spring, autumn and summer they’re a popular and stunning hiking destination for both pilgrims and tourists. The Jomonsugi Trail The Jomonsugi Trail This trail is named after Yakushima’s favorite attraction, Jomonsugui, a wide cedar tree that’s estimated to be somewhere between 2000-7200 years old. Dating all the way back to the Jomon period, and discovered by loggers in the Edo-period, today hikers, adventurers, and tourists make the pilgrimage to the top of Miyanoura mountain to marvel at this time-defying phenomena. Mt. Fuji Mt. Fuji There’s little to say about Mt Fuji, that hasn’t been recited time and time before. In the warmer months Mt. Fuji is a popular hiking route for countless visitors who often make the overnight journey to the top to admire the unforgettable view of the sunrise. Sitting at 3776 meters, it’s Japan’s highest mountain peak and is inhabitable in the colder months. If you do plan climbing it’s worth noting that the main trails the Yoshida, Subashiri, Gotemba, and Fujinomiya Trails only open between July and September. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 16. January. 2019
- To the north of Shizuoka City nestled in the deep valleys and foothills of the majestic Southern Japan Alps, lie a number of remote and rustic villages where the way of life have barely changed since the last century. The area is known as an important producer of green tea, and the handful of small and sleepy hot spring (onsen) resorts have long attracted visitors looking to get away from it all amongst the abundant nature. For those without their own transport, the region is only accessible by taking a ride on Oigawa Railway, one of Japan’s most scenic and unique railway lines. Oigawa Railway First established in 1927, Oigawa Railway is a wonderful old-fashioned railway which still runs preserved steam locomotives along the narrow and winding line between Shin-Kanaya and Senzu stations. Most of the locomotives date from the 1940s and so attracts train aficionados from far and wide. ©2018 Gullane [Thomas] Limited. In addition to the steam locomotives, a number of real-size Thomas the Tank Engine trains run along the same route, and passengers also have the chance to get up close and meet the drivers, so train fans of all ages can find plenty to enjoy. Oigawa Railway ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 29. November. 2018
- Shiraito no taki Waterfalls
- Shizuoka Pref. Fujinomiyashi Kamide
- Joren Falls
- Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Yugashima
- Otodome Falls
- Shizuoka Pref. Fujinomiyashi Kamide
- Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls
- Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunkawaduchou Nashimoto
- Genbei River
- Shizuoka Pref. Mishimashi Shibahonchou
Shizuoka Main Areas
With the giant Pacific Ocean to the south and the great Mount Fuji to the north, Shizuoka prefecture is blessed with some of the best views the country has to offer. The white sand beaches of the Izu Peninsula are a rare find on mainland Japan, neighbored by beautiful cliffs, tumbling hills, and natural hot springs. As Japan’s largest producer of green tea, the age-old tradition of tea drinking is ubiquitous in Shizuoka, from the miles of tea fields to the old tea houses hosting traditional tea ceremonies.
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