The most beautiful areas in Japan that you didn’t know even existed
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Japan is full of unique spots that can easily surprise and enchant visitors, From historical castles to flowery landscapes and strange and unusual views that seem to be in another country. In the following, we will introduce you to some of the most beautiful sights in Japan that you never thought you would see during your trip.
Mount Koya is the spiritual home of Shinto Buddhism and was founded more than 1200 years ago by one of the essential religious people in Japan, Kobo Daishi. The central temple of this ritual is “Kongobu-ji,” located on top of the forest mountain “Koya.” More than 100 temples were established around this mountain, offering visitors overnight accommodation.
The Noto Peninsula offers some of Japan’s most beautiful coastal scenery, and you can enjoy its rural scenery. Apart from admiring nature here, the peninsula has excellent places to fish, swim, and camp. Its main tourist center is “Wajima,” and about 30 thousand people live there.
Shikoku is the fourth largest island in Japan and is located in the southwest of the main island of Honshu, which is connected to it by two bridges. This island is also related to the influential monk Kubo Daishi, and there are 88 temple paths in it, which has become one of the most important pilgrimage spots in the city. Apart from this spiritual peace, you can enjoy Shikoku’s beautiful beaches, mountains, and pleasant rivers.
The Kiso valley is home to the Nakasendo route, one of the five main routes of the Edo period that connected present-day Tokyo to Kyoto. In the past, travelers used to travel this long route on foot, and that’s why Kisu Valley is full of historical settlements that were a place for them to rest and renew their strength. You can walk a part of this old path between the mountain and the heart of the forest and visit charming towns.
Shodoshima has a mild climate and Mediterranean atmosphere and features beautiful beaches, dramatic coastlines, resorts, and olive groves. Shudoshima is the second largest island in the Seto region and is one of the hosts of the three-yearly Setochi Contemporary Art Festival. Outdoor arrangements of previous festivals can still be seen in various parts of the island.
“Kenrokuen Garden” is one of the “three beautiful gardens of Japan” and full of enchanting bridges, walking paths, teahouses, trees, and lovely flowers. This was once the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle, but it was opened to the public in the late 19th century. Each season reveals a different angle of the beauty of this garden, and it will be very spectacular, from the season of plum and cherry blossoms in spring to the celebration of autumn colors of maple trees.
“Nachi” is the highest waterfall in the country and has a height of 133 meters and flows into a raging river. This waterfall is often overlooked because of the 1400-year-old Nachi Taisha Shinto Temple. This temple was built to pay homage to Kami, the god of the waterfall, and is one of several Buddhist and Shinto religious sites around Nachi Falls.
Blue Pond is located in Hokkaido and is also called Aoiike because of its beautiful blue color. The slender tree trunks protruded from the water, creating an ethereal atmosphere. This artificial lake was built as part of a soil erosion control system to prevent flash floods near the Tokachi volcano. Of course, the fantastic blue color of this lake comes from minerals dissolved in it.
Hitachi Beach Park
Hitachi Seaside Park is famous for its meadow of blue flowers called nemophila, which cover the entire park in spring. This park has 190 hectares, and more than 4.5 million flowers cover its surface every April. In autumn, kochia bushes fill the park and turn bright red. Both of these sights can mesmerize you equally.
Gokayama Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its traditional gasshozukuri village houses. Over a hundred years old, these houses have exciting and distinctive roofs and can withstand heavy snow. Gokayama is less accessible than Shirakawa-gō, so its villages are quieter and more secluded.
Sagano bamboo forests
Sagano Bamboo Forest is located in Arashiyama, an area on the western outskirts of Kyoto. The winding paths pass through the tall bamboo, and the sunlight shines down through their leaves and has a beautiful effect. The sound of these bamboo trunks shaking with the wind is one of the essential characteristics of this enchanting forest.