Sakura season at Hirosaki Castle -Aomori prefecture
Be amazed by one of Japan’s best cherry blossom spots. With Hirosaki Castle as the backdrop, you’ll be enthralled by the beauty of the season. And get ready to delight your eyes with 2600 cherry trees within your surroundings in full bloom and splendour.
Winter season at Zao -Yamagata prefecture
The winter brings naturally-formed “snow monsters” at the summit of Mt Zao. You can enjoy the ropeway facilities to the peak and witness the best snow view filled with snow monsters. It’s a most unusual experience yet captivating all the same.
Kesennuma Oyster Trip -Miyagi prefecture
Being one of Japan’s top oyster producers, you can experience firsthand the process of oyster farming. The oysters are produced with care and for as long as 3 years. Discover the process explained by the fishermen and even feast on those fresh oysters at the end.
A popular tourist spot for foreigners where uniquely shaped rock formation that looks like an elephant can be seen here. Its name means this place is big enough for 10,000 people to sit. Cape Manzamo is a very popular spot for viewing the sunset and taking photos of the cliff.
Ocean Expo Park -Okinawa
Famous recreational attraction for locals and tourists, consisting of sprawling facilities such as Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, the Tropical Dream Center, the Native Okinawan Village, the Tropical & Subtropical Arboretum and the Oceanic Culture Museum. Be sure to visit the park during summer months and witness various rare sea creatures and firework festivals are held along the beach!
Mihama American Village -Okinawa
The historical spot was once used as a base for American military forces. It is the only place in Okinawa to ride a Ferris wheel. There are other establishments such as fashion shops and restaurants specializing in hot dogs and hamburgers. Do catch the sunset and enjoy barbecues at the Sunset Beach!
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If you’re travelling to Nagano during Mid of April which is the Spring Season, there is a place you should never miss it to see the Most Popular Cherry Blossom View Spot in Nagano – Matsumoto Castle. This castle is also one of the most beautiful original castles in Japan. There are about 300 cherry trees planted in the inner ground area of the castle. It has its particular beauty for every season, but the Cherry Blossom’s colour is the perfect match with the colour of the castle itself.
Senrihama Beach 千里濱海灘 – Ishikawa prefecture
Can you imagine that you can drive along the beach? Yes, you may! There are only 3 beaches in the world that you can drive on it. One of it is located is Japan Ishikawa Prefecture! It is the Senrihama Nagisa Driveway. This is about 8KM long where you can drive on a sandy beach by any type of vehicle like bicycle, motorcycle, car or even a bus. The reason why you can drive on it is because of the fine sand of the beach, it will be tightened once it is filled with seawater. You can enjoy a very blissful drive especially during sunset time.
Glass Art Museum 玻璃美术馆 - Toyama prefecture
It is located in Toyama City, which showcases contemporary glass artworks from the worldwide. This beautifully modern building called TOYAMA KIRARI that houses the museum was designed by world-renowned architect Kuma Kengo and contains the city's public library. Its offer both permanent and special Exhibitions. The most remarkable permanent exhibition is the Glass Art Garden located on the 6th floor, installations by the great master of contemporary glass art, Dale Chihuly and this will definitely amaze and enchant the visitor.
It’s a tiny and well-kept island filled with shrines, gardens, and caves. It is also categorized as a great place to soak up some sun, sea, and sky away from the urban jungle of Tokyo. On clear days, you might even stand a chance to see Mt. Fujifrom the island!
Kegon Waterfall - Tochigi prefecture
Known as the most famous of Nikko’s 48 waterfalls. There’s a special lift dedicated to carry all visitors to the basin and witness the force and roar of the water that falls 97 metres straight down to the rocks below. Besides, the waterfall looks particularly spectacular when surrounded by the fresh green leaves!
Kawagoe - Saitama prefecture
An area with century-old traditional Japanese houses and shops that offer wide range of irresistible local treats. Specifically, it is popular for food and desserts made with sweet potato. Satsuma Imo (sweet potato in Japanese) has a rich texture and a gentle aroma that makes it visitor’s ideal choice as a sweet treat in Kawagoe!
Take a cruise down the Hozugawa river from Kameoka to Arashiyama and enjoy one of the most scenic river boat rides in Kyoto. Immerse in Kyoto's natural landscapes and catch the breathtaking views of the forested river banks, green valleys and small rapids on the river.
Kibune River Terrace – Kawadoko Dining, Kyoto prefecture
Dine in the middle of the river with “kawadoko”, a dining concept which involves eating next to or on top of a river. Since Kyoto can get quite hot in the summer, many local restaurants set up dining areas on top of the river to allow guests to enjoy their meal in a comfortable ambience with the natural coolness of the water and relaxing sound of the flowing river.
Hachiman Kamado (Ama Hut Experience), Mie prefecture
Ama are female free-divers known for collecting abalones and other marine products. For a long time, the ama hut has been a place for the divers to dry themselves between sessions. Now, it is a place for travellers to enjoy fresh seafood. The Ama Hut at Hachiman Kamado is one of the best spots to taste fresh BBQ seafood and enjoy cheerful conversation with the divers.
The name “Kamui” means god. It has a unique landscape that protrudes into the ocean. Walk along the promenade from the parking lot to the tip of the cape. Then enjoy seafood rice bowls or soft serve ice cream after. Admission & parking is free.
Nikka Whiskey Distilleries - Hokkaido
Masataka Taketsuru was the first Japanese who mastered whisky making in Scotland. He then came back to Japan and opened 2 distilleries – Miyagikyo and Yoichi. Since then, his distilleries have been producing Japan’s one of the finest whiskies. Visitors can also take tours of the distillery on appointment basis along with whisky tasting session where payment is required.
Farm Tomita - Hokkaido
Let the vast fields of lavender delight your senses here. This lavender farm is one of the most photographed spots in Hokkaido. You can also purchase extracted lavender oil and even savour lavender ice-cream. Farm Tomita is accessible by train, bus or car from Asahikawa and Sapporo.
A must-experience when you’re in Oita. This one-of-a-kind onsen that boosts well-being and it’s right next to the sea. All you need to do is just strip into a summer kimono, lie down, get buried under the hot sand and just relax with your head poking out.
Kumamon-themed Railway - Kumamoto prefecture
Enjoy scenic views of Kumamoto in a Kumamon Wrapping Train. The entire train is wrapped in Kumamoto’s iconic mascot - Kumamon. There are 2 Kumomon trains and each wrapped in different, fun designs. If you’re lucky, you might get to meet Kumamon himself on the train too!
Hitoyoshi Kuma Farmstay - Kumamoto prefecture
Deemed by some as one of the best places to experience local culture, you can certainly live with local families that offer farmstays here. By living under their roofs, you’ll experience the locals’ ways and their warmth. Let them give you a tour of their land.
Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival - Shizuoka prefecture
Unlike the sakura (cherry blossom) in Kyoto and Tokyo which typically blooming around late March and April, you also can enjoy sakura viewing as early as February. The 8,000 sakura trees in Kawazu, a town in Shizuoka Prefecture are some of the greatest spots in Japan. The outstanding characteristics of Kawazu-zakura are its large petals and the bright pink color. Sakura trees line the Kawazu River for about 4 kilometers, their flower-covered branches making an arch of deep pink over the pathways. There are bright yellow canola flowers along the riverbank, making a spectacular view of flowers with two contrastive colours. "The Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival" is held during the blooming season. Food and drink stalls are lined along the walking path offering local food and souvenirs.
Best time for viewing: Early-February to Early-March
Fuji Shibazakura Festival - Yamanashi prefecture
Be mesmerized with 800,000 shibazakura (pink moss) in bloom against the backdrop of Mt Fuji! Shibazakura is a small flower with five heart-shaped petals in various shades of pink, purple and white cover the ground of a wide open area. Their different colors come together to weave a beautiful tapestry, creating a scene that is well worth the visit. Besides, visitors can enjoy a variety of delicious local dishes at the food festival. Souvenirs and an endless supply of Mt. Fuji-themed products are also available for purchase at the souvenir store.
Best time for viewing: Mid-April to Late-May
Korankei Valley - Aichi prefecture
Renowned for its gorgeous fall foliage, Korankei Valley attracts visitors coming to marvel at the vibrant red and yellow leaves beautifully reflected on the Tomoe River. There are over 4,000 trees of Japanese maples including some giant ginkgotrees that paint the landscape in a stunning yellow and crimson. Along the walking path you’ll find the beautiful bridge over the Tomoe River, Taigetsukyo Bridge is the symbol and best spot to take photos at Korankei.
Best time for viewing: Early-November to Late-November