Japan is one of those countries that should be on every dedicated traveler’s list. Aside from its architecture, futuristic cities and unique culture, Japan also boasts very beautiful natural wonders that have been inspiring artists for centuries.
Check out these ten amazing natural wonders of Japan.
Considered as Japan’s national treasure, onsens (or hot springs) are dotted all across the country. The Japanese people have really embraced this natural wonder and turned it into an inseparable part of their culture.
The springs can be enjoyed outside as well as inside in the spa center.
9. Mount Asahi
At 2,290.9 m (7,516 ft) tall, Mount Asahi is the tallest mountain on the island of Hokkaido. It is a popular tourist destination all year round as it attracts hikers in summer and skiers in winter.
The mountain is fairly easy to climb and does not require any special skills or equipment.
8. Shiraito Falls
Shiraito Falls, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Japan, is found near Mount Fuji and Five Fuji Lakes.
The spring from the iconic volcano plunges here in a horseshoe-shaped cascade creating this scenic view, which can be approached from a bridge.
7. Fuji Five Lakes
The Fuji Five Lakes, found at the base of Mount Fuji, have been formed after the eruptions of the mighty volcano.
In spring, the area gets covered in shibazakura (pink moss) and attracts a lot of visitors.
6. Mount Yari
Found in the Northern Alps of Kita, Mount Yari is one of the most famous and beautiful in Japan. It is popular among backpackers who take the challenge to climb 40 km to its peak.
The landscapes are breathtaking and there are various lodges as well, providing accommodation as well as facilities.
5. Mount Yoshino
Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Mount Yoshino has been a pilgrimage site for centuries. The mountain is covered in a lush forest which gets covered in a colorful foliage in spring and autumn.
There are paths that provide an exhilarating stroll.
4. Mount Aso
Mount Aso, one of the largest volcanoes in the world, is located in Aso Kujū National Park on the island of Kyushu. The volcano is easily accessible since there is a car park just minutes from the ominously steaming crater.
Paintings and poetry have been inspired by the beauty of the native landscape.
3. Kerama Islands
The Kerama Islands are a group of 22 islands located near Okinawa and provide an amazing vacation paradise. Only four of them are inhabited, leaving a lot of space for adventure travel and admiring unspoiled nature.
The islands boast great beaches and versatile marine life which attracts divers. The humpback whales can be observed in winter.
2. Nachi Falls
At 436 feet (133 m), Nachi Falls is the tallest waterfall in Japan. The single drop stream plunges down a rocky wall.
The Seigantoji Buddhist temple stands in the backdrop of the waterfall, adding an extra charm and mystique to the place.
1. Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan, also carries a long historical and cultural importance. The volcano has shaped the landscape of the area and is a pilgrimage site, attracting not only pilgrims, but tourists as well.
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