Japan has many natural types of scenery that have formed over hundreds of years. Some of
these sceneries appear when certain conditions are met. For example the sea of clouds that can
be seen from the Unkai Terrace in Tomamu form when certain weather conditions are met.
Other sites are season specific like the Zao Snow Monsters that appearing during the winter
time. The snow monsters are formed utilizing the trees on the mountain, which gives them the
strange shapes. Some of these places are protected as national parks and world heritage sites.
There are natural sceneries that can be seen throughout the year without fail.
Amanohashidate Sandbar is three kilometers long and is lined with about 8000 pine trees. The view from the mountains of the sandbar is listed as one of the three scenic views of Japan along with Matsushima Bay. As much as there are forests covering the country there is a place where the Tottori Sand Dunes are located. It is the largest sand dunes in Japan and stretches across 16 kilometers. Off the coast of Shikoku in the Naruto strait you can find the Naruto Whirlpools. These whirlpools can be seen from the Onaruto Bridge or by a sightseeing cruise that goes right next to them.
Hokkaido | Kushiro
The Kushiro Marshland is the largest wetland in Japan and is one of the breeding grounds for the Japanese red crowned crane.
Hokkaido | Abashiri
Starts appearing around January, but the best time to see it is in February when it is the coldest.
Hokkaido | Biei
The Blue Pond is located in the center of Hokkaido near Biei right outside the Shirogane Onsen.
Hokkaido | Abashiri
Ice Breaker Cruise
Ice Breaker Cruise is one of the best and easiest ways to see the drift ice in the Sea of Okhotsk coast of Hokkaido.
Tohoku | Aomori | Towada
Oirase Mountain Stream
The Oirase Mountain Stream is the only outflow of water for Lake Towada and is one of the best places to see autumn colors.
Tohoku | Yamagata | Zao
Zao Snow Monsters
Zao Snow Monsters are a winter phenomenon that is a result of Fir trees being covered with snow and ice.
Chubu | Gifu | Shirakawa-go
The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
Shirakawa-go and Gokayama are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are best known for their Gassho style houses.
Chubu | Toyama
Kurobe Gorge is a forested ravine located in the mountains of the Northern Japan Alps and has the steepest gorges in Japan.
Chubu | Gifu | Okuhida
The Shin Hotaka Ropeway has one of the largest elevation gains and features double decker gondola cars.
Kansai | Hyogo | Asago
Takeda Castle Ruin
Takeda Castle Ruins are situated close to a quarter mile above sea level and takes a little bit of a hike to reach.
Chugoku | Tottori | Tottori City
Tottori Sand Dunes
The Tottori Sand Dunes are located in the city of Tottori and spans over 16 kilometers along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Chugoku | Hiroshima | Onomichi
A famous toll road connecting Honshu Island to Shikoku Island from Hiroshima Prefecture to Ehime Prefecture of Japan
Chugoku | Hiroshima
Miyajima Island is located one hour away from Hiroshima by ferry. It is mostly known for the torii gate that gives the illusion of floating on the water during high tide.
Kyushu | Nagasaki | Sasebo
A group of 208 small islands ranging in the west coast of Nagasaki Prefecture forms the Kujikushima Islands.
Kyushu | Nagasaki | Nagasaki
One of the top three locations providing the best night views of Japan.