Prettiest Places in Japan
Towering skyscrapers, futuristic technology, world-renowned cuisine and beautiful temples most likely come to mind when first picturing Japan. However, the country is also home to some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders in the world to discover. From intricate caves to magnificent waterfalls and mountains, Japan is the perfect place for travelers to escape the busy city life and experience the country’s natural beauty.
Formed over 80 million years ago, the Abukuma-do cave is an incredibly intricate limestone cave. While exploring the cave, visitors will notice an extremely rare formation called ‘boxwork’, which is made up of thin blades hanging from the cave walls, which makes this a once in a lifetime opportunity to check out.
World’s away from the hustle and bustle of Japan’s busy city, Kabira Bay is a coastal bay located on Ishigaki Island. With its pure white sand and striking blue water filled with tropical fish and colourful coral, Kabira bay is truly a picture-perfect sight. One activity to do while soaking in the beauty of Kabira Bay is taking a glass-bottom boat out on the water for a closer look at the Bay’s underwater life.
Over 100,000 years ago the recurrence of volcanic eruptions in Japan eventually formed one of the most extraordinary natural wonders of the country today. Standing at 3,776 meters high, Mt Fuji is an active volcano that is considered Japan’s highest mountain. There are four trails available for climbing and hiking to catch sight of the sun rising, which makes Mt Fuji a fantastic spot for adventure enthusiasts. Mt Fuji has an interesting history as it once served as a training spot for monks.
Located in the Northern Japanese Alps, Yarigatake is a sharp rock peak that resembles the head of a spear, with ‘Yari’ meaning spear in Japanese. When climbing up this famous mountain peak, climbers are presented with an unforgettable panoramic view of the Northern Alps, as it has an elevation of 180 meters above sea level.
Situated in the coastal town of Nachi Katsuura is one of Japan’s most well-known waterfalls, Nachi Falls. An unforgettable sight, Nachi Falls is surrounded by shrines, temples, mountains, luscious greenery and crystal clear waters. Standing at 133 meters, Nachi falls is one of Japan’s tallest waterfalls and also is considered a spiritual site. They have been worshipped by locals as the home of a deity (god). A wander around Nachi Falls will lead visitors to the Shinto Shrine, which was originally built to worship the god of the waterfall.
The Naruto whirlpools resemble that of a vortex, making this a spectacular natural wonder that should not go unmissed. Caused by volumes of water that move between the Seto Inland Sea and the Pacific ocean, the powerful Naruto Whirlpools can be a challenge to spot as they only occur twice a day. The whirlpools can reach up to an impressive 65 feet wide and are best viewed from sightseeing cruises as they come in close contact with the whirlpools.
It is located in Tateyama Mountain. Shomyo falls has the highest drop in Japan and is a picturesque scene all year round, making it an unmissable sight. In the summer, the waterfall is surrounded by beautiful greenery which then transitions into spectacular shades of red and orange in the fall. In the spring, the surrounding snow melts, causing a surge of water to cascade down and create a twin waterfall called Hannoki Falls. This stunning natural wonder is best accessed from the Shomyo Falls Sightseeing Bus.
A narrow valley that has the Gokase river running through it, Takachiho Gorge is lined with cliffs made up of volcanic rocks that resemble dragon scales due to how the stone was formed. The gorge also as the magnificent Minainotaki waterfall running down into the Gokase river, creating a beautiful scene to explore. The best way to do so is via a rowing boat. Visitors can cruise down the calming waters and witness the gorge and waterfall close up.
Tottori Sand Dunes
The Tottori Sand Dunes were formed thousands of years ago when sand from the Sendaigawa river was redeposited along the coast of the Sea of Japan. The Tottori Dunes are the largest sandhills in Japan, with some towering as high as 50 meters. The movement of the coastal tides and winds often causes the dunes to frequently change shape.
A small island located off the southern coast of Kyushu, Yakushima. It is home to many beautiful natural wonders that create a fairytale-like experience. One of these include forests filled to the brim with 1,000-year-old towering cedar trees covering majority of the island. The surrounding area of Yakushima is made up of several stunning waterfalls, beaches and mountains to explore.
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