Spectacular and Unique Natural Wonders of Japan

The country of the rising sun has reopened its doors wide to international tourists without the need for a visa. The complete vaccination certificate or a negative PCR is enough to travel there and discover its many attractions. Beyond the big cities like Tokyo, Japan offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in landscapes of extreme beauty, magical and spiritual places to enjoy and that will never be forgotten.We can choose: be part of the landscape on a boat or walk along the marked trails until we reach the viewpoint over the Minainotaki waterfall, 17 meters high.  Either of the two ideas is good to enjoy the very high cliffs that form this volcanic gorge opened by the Gokase river on the island of Kyūshū, in the Miyazaki prefecture. TAKACHIHO CANNY

We can choose: be part of the landscape on a boat or walk along the marked trails until we reach the viewpoint over the Minainotaki waterfall, 17 meters high. Either of the two ideas is good to enjoy the very high cliffs that form this volcanic gorge opened by the Gokase river on the island of Kyūshū, in the Miyazaki prefecture.About a hundred kilometers from Tokyo, this is one of the five crater lakes located at the base of Mount Fuji, which, at 3,776 meters high, is the highest peak in Japan.  Its top, capped with snow, is reflected in the water, quite a spectacle, especially if we contemplate it at sunrise or sunset.  In spring, with the cherry blossoms, everything is even more special. About a hundred kilometers from Tokyo, this is one of the five crater lakes located at the base of Mount Fuji, which, at 3,776 meters high, is the highest peak in Japan. Its top, capped with snow, is reflected in the water, quite a spectacle, especially if we contemplate it at sunrise or sunset. In spring, with the cherry blossoms, everything is even more special.The noise caused by thousands of bamboo trunks moving in the wind is part of Japan's protected soundscape.  One more than enough reason to visit this almost science fiction place located seven kilometers from Kyoto, very close to the Tenryū-ji temple.  A path leads visitors among elegant specimens over 20 meters high. ARASHIYAMA BAMBOO FOREST

The noise caused by thousands of bamboo trunks moving in the wind is part of Japan’s protected soundscape. One more than enough reason to visit this almost science fiction place located seven kilometers from Kyoto, very close to the Tenryū-ji temple. A path leads visitors among elegant specimens over 20 meters high.Black woodpeckers, Japanese macaques, black bears... These are just some of the inhabitants of this place, in the mountains of the north of the island of Honshu, which preserves the last vestiges of the beech forests of Japan, many of them with more than 200 years of antiguaty.  A region away from it all, on the border of Akita and Aomori prefectures, full of peaks, waterfalls and lakes. Black woodpeckers, Japanese macaques, black bears… These are just some of the inhabitants of this place, in the mountains of the north of the island of Honshu, which preserves the last vestiges of the beech forests of Japan, many of them with more than 200 years of antiguaty. A region away from it all, on the border of Akita and Aomori prefectures, full of peaks, waterfalls and lakes.It takes four hours to walk to reach the Jōmon Sugi, a conifer over 5,000 years old located north of Miyanoura-dake, which is, at 1,936 meters high, the highest elevation on the island of Yakushima.  Numerous sea turtles nest on Nagata Inakahama Beach, on the northwest coast.  The south coast is more for humans: what a delight an It takes four hours to walk to reach the Jōmon Sugi, a conifer over 5,000 years old located north of Miyanoura-dake, which is, at 1,936 meters high, the highest elevation on the island of Yakushima. Numerous sea turtles nest on Nagata Inakahama Beach, on the northwest coast. The south coast is more for humans: what a delight an “onsen” bath between the rocks.The end of the earth.  That is what Shiretoko means, a national park that covers most of the peninsula of the same name, in the extreme northeast of the island of Hokkaidō.  It is a remote place like few others, which is home to the largest population of brown bears in Japan.  And some other surprises, such as the Kamuiwakka-no-taki hot water waterfall, “the water of the gods”. The end of the earth. That is what Shiretoko means, a national park that covers most of the peninsula of the same name, in the extreme northeast of the island of Hokkaidō. It is a remote place like few others, which is home to the largest population of brown bears in Japan. And some other surprises, such as the Kamuiwakka-no-taki hot water waterfall, “the water of the gods”.There are those who call them the Galapagos of the East.  And reasons are not lacking.  There are thirty islands that make up this archipelago, almost a thousand kilometers from Tokyo, although only two, Chichijima and Hahajima, are inhabited.  Its flora and fauna have developed a unique evolution process since they separated from the continent.  They are a refuge for more than 190 species of endangered birds. There are those who call them the Galapagos of the East. And reasons are not lacking. There are thirty islands that make up this archipelago, almost a thousand kilometers from Tokyo, although only two, Chichijima and Hahajima, are inhabited. Its flora and fauna have developed a unique evolution process since they separated from the continent. They are a refuge for more than 190 species of endangered birds.Opened in 1971, this 37-kilometre route traverses Tateyama, which at 3,105 meters is one of the highest peaks in the Hida Mountains.  On the way we will find surprising places, such as the Kurobe Dam, the highest in Japan.  From here to Ogisawa we will make the journey between impressive snow walls that reach 20 meters in height.  It is only open between April and November. Opened in 1971, this 37-kilometre route traverses Tateyama, which at 3,105 meters is one of the highest peaks in the Hida Mountains. On the way we will find surprising places, such as the Kurobe Dam, the highest in Japan. From here to Ogisawa we will make the journey between impressive snow walls that reach 20 meters in height. It is only open between April and November.Located to the east of the island Hokkaidō, not far from Kushiro, this swamp, classified as a National Park, is, with its 183 square kilometers, the largest in Japan.  Up to here we can come to observe the majestic mating dance that, on the snow, when winter arrives, its most famous inhabitants perform: the red-crowned cranes, revered birds in Japanese culture. Located to the east of the island Hokkaidō, not far from Kushiro, this swamp, classified as a National Park, is, with its 183 square kilometers, the largest in Japan. Up to here we can come to observe the majestic mating dance that, on the snow, when winter arrives, its most famous inhabitants perform: the red-crowned cranes, revered birds in Japanese culture.Right in the center of the island of Kyūshū, in the Kumamoto prefecture, emerges this supervolcano made up of five peaks: Neko, Taka (it is the highest point, at 1,592 meters high), Eboshi, Kishima and Nakadake, one of whose craters, which emits smoke almost continuously, has been active since the 1940s. In the mountains you can go hiking, horseback riding or take a bath in hot springs.Right in the center of the island of Kyūshū, in the Kumamoto prefecture, emerges this supervolcano made up of five peaks: Neko, Taka (it is the highest point, at 1,592 meters high), Eboshi, Kishima and Nakadake, one of whose craters, which emits smoke almost continuously, has been active since the 1940s. In the mountains you can go hiking, horseback riding or take a bath in hot springs.Every second, throughout the year, a ton of water rushes down this 133-meter waterfall that is part of the Kii Mountains holy sites and pilgrimage routes, as a rope with zigzag papers reminds us.  In harmony with nature stands the Kumano Nachi Taisha Shinto Shrine, which is accessed by a stone staircase, and the Seigantoji Buddhist Temple.Every second, throughout the year, a ton of water rushes down this 133-meter waterfall that is part of the Kii Mountains holy sites and pilgrimage routes, as a rope with zigzag papers reminds us. In harmony with nature stands the Kumano Nachi Taisha Shinto Shrine, which is accessed by a stone staircase, and the Seigantoji Buddhist Temple.The first cherry trees on this mountain, in the Nara prefecture, were planted more than 1,300 years ago by the monks who began to inhabit the sanctuaries that were installed here.  Today there are more than 30,000 specimens that inhabit it, divided into sections at different heights, so that they bloom at different times.  From the Yoshino cable car, one of the oldest in Japan, you get a fantastic view.The first cherry trees on this mountain, in the Nara prefecture, were planted more than 1,300 years ago by the monks who began to inhabit the sanctuaries that were installed here. Today there are more than 30,000 specimens that inhabit it, divided into sections at different heights, so that they bloom at different times. From the Yoshino cable car, one of the oldest in Japan, you get a fantastic view.This semi-tropical island of the Ryūky archipelago, located in the South China Sea between Kyushu and Okinawa, is something of a paradise, with white beaches with transparent water and coral reefs, perfect for a day of snorkeling or scuba diving. .  The color blue fills everything, but also green: here we will find the second largest mangrove forest in Japan.This semi-tropical island of the Ryūky archipelago, located in the South China Sea between Kyushu and Okinawa, is something of a paradise, with white beaches with transparent water and coral reefs, perfect for a day of snorkeling or scuba diving. . The color blue fills everything, but also green: here we will find the second largest mangrove forest in Japan.

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