Although Japan has been highlighted as a very modern society, this country is also the pinnacle of experiences when it comes to nature and sightseeing. Sightseeing in Japan is unlike anywhere else in the World. No matter which season you go sightseeing in Japan, you are in for a spectacle; so don’t forget to bring extra memory for your camera. It is the perfect place for anyone who seeks to commune with nature and to be humbled by its beauty. If you want to go sightseeing in Japan au naturel then you should definitely check out these places.
Kagoshima is home of the Samurai and a very active volcano. Imagine Florida with snow in the Winter, and “the hills” from The Sound of Music in the Spring and Summer. Did I also mention the hot springs?
- Kirishima City: The entrance to Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park, home to many ancient volcanic craters and hot spring villages.
- Yakushima Island: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this island is a green wonderland. There are a lot of trekking trails, so bring your hiking shoes!
Home to one of the most famous Summer resorts in Japan, and the 1998 winter Olympics. It is nestled between Mt. Nasu-yama, Mt. Fuji, Mt. Norikura-dake, and the Japan Alps Mountains.
- Higashi-Tateyama Kozan Botanical Garden: Get a panorama view of Shiga Kogen, and see the carpet of wildflowers and other rare mountain plants.
- Jigokudani Yaen-koen: Located in Hell Valley, you can watch some adorable monkeys warming up in the hot springs.
Home to Oshin (a Japanese television series), cherry picking and Okama crater lake. This prefecture is just 2 hours and 30 min from Tokyo and rich with natural wonders.
- Okama Crater Lake: Created by a volcanic eruption, this lake has been known to take on 5 different colors.
- Zao Mountain: This mountain park has everything you need for sightseeing from botanical gardens, to snowboarding and skiing. You can view the raw landscape from the ropeway cars or trek through the mountain range itself. Many people also enjoy the hot springs and the foot of the mountain. You can also go horseback riding or even paragliding.
Mt. Fuji: This is the most famous mountain in Japan for a reason. It is the tallest mountain in Japan and has been the subject of many famous works of art.
Tanada: Tour the terraced rice fields. These fields are iconic for Japan. They are all over the countryside, but here are some of the best places to see them.
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun: Japan is full of hot springs and bathhouses. Here, you can take your pick, from a dip in a wine bath, to a green tea soak.
If you’re interested in camping during your time in Japan, here is a great list of campsites and contact info. If you’re keen to take a walk, and see all that this incredible country has to offer, I would try to pack in as much as you can while you’re sightseeing in Japan. We even have nifty student discounts for you on flights, with the money you save you can spend some time off the beaten path.