Takachiho Gorge

Takachiho Gorge truly is a live version of Japanese art. The gorge has one-hundred-meter-high walls of basalt rock which rise above the blue-green waters of the Gokase River. The slate-grey vertical cliffs are adorned with moss and overgrown with trees which creates an atmosphere magical enough to have inspired the birth of legends. Part way …

Tottori Sakyu

 (Tottori Saky) The last thing most people would relate with Japan is a desert-style landscape. But Japan does have one region which is covered by shifting sands and is such a popular tourist attraction it’s visited by over two million people a year. The Tottori Sand Dunes are an eighteen square mile coastal dune formation …

Jigokudani

Jigokudan (Hell Valley) If you thought Jigokudani was a steaming pool full of bathing monkeys, then think again. This Jigokudani, although it has the same name as Japan’s famous monkey park, is something entirely different. This Jigokudani is a smoldering volcanic crater which is just like a little piece of hell on earth. It’s a …

Kabira Bay

Kabira Bay is Japan’s little piece of coastal heaven where crystal-clear azure waters lap against pure white sand. The paradisical bay is located on Ishigaki Island, and while it is one of Japan’s most stunningly beautiful landscapes, it’s not quite the Eden it appears to be. There are strong currents and hoards of jellyfish in …

Akiyoshido Cave

(Akiyoshi-dō) Occasionally, to view something which is easily classed as celestial as far as Japan’s landscapes go, it’s necessary to go down rather than up. The Akiyoshido Cave is a vast underground cavern which stretches down into the bowels of the earth for over six miles. Carved from the limestone rock by the river which …

Mount Aso

Mount Aso (Aso-San) If you’re taking a vacation in Japan and want to try your hand at volcano tourism, then Mount Aso should be at the top of your list of places to visit. Mount Aso is on the island of Kyushu and has an unusual quintuple cone formation the highest of which is Mt …

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji (Fuji-san) There is one outstanding feature in Japan’s landscape which is not only one of the most instantly recognizable volcanoes, it’s also one of the most iconic. Mount Fuji – Japan’s snow-capped and unmistakable landmark. Even though the peak, which is Japan’s highest at over twelve thousand feet, is more than sixty miles …