There are many beautiful places to visit in Japan all year round. The difficulty is choosing which place you want to go to the most. Some have a seasonal specialty like the cherry blossoms at Ueno Park or the Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Garden. These places are best to visit when they are in season, but there are other sights to see that are great no matter the time of the year. The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto is a great photo spot and the stroll through the walking paths as a gentle wind sways the stalks is an experience that is indescribable. Even Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), which is also in Kyoto, is gorgeous to look at with its upper levels covered in gold leaf while the structure is being reflected in the pond. | View more
Let us not forget about the top scenic spots in Japan like Matsushima Bay, which left the famed Japanese poet Matsuo Basho without words. Then there is also Miyajima at Itsukushima Shrine with its famous torii gate that look like it is floating on the water during high tide. In Hokkaido during the winter season in a town called Otaru is a festival called Otaru Snow Light Path. The locals make these lanterns out of snow and are light by candle light. The soft glow is to help you reflect on your life with a clear mind while forgetting your problems. Many places in Japan not only look phenomenal, but some invoke feelings of serenity. History lovers would enjoy going to Himeji Castle also known as White Heron Castle. It is one of the twelve original castles in Japan and is covered in white paint. In Matsumoto there is a castle known as Crow Castle because it is covered in black paint and is also one of the original twelve castles.
Then in a rural area in Japan is a town called Shirakawago where hundreds of years old Gassho (praying hands) farmhouses reside. These homes are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and are illuminated during the winter time. The Kurashiki Canal Area is a beautiful example of the business conducted in the Edo Period when the canal was used to transport tons of rice. Former storehouses were converted into shops, museums, and restaurants along the canal. Even though there have been modifications to the area is still maintains the Edo Period look. Japan has too many places that are gorgeous and worth the trip. If you are looking beautiful then it would depend on your definition of the world. Nature, buildings, festivals, etc. can invoke the feeling of awe and it is up to you to decide on the most beautiful places in Japan.