Tourist sites with incredible landscapes abound in Japan. There are landscapes that take your breath away due to their natural beauty. Here we present 10 natural landscapes that you cannot miss if you visit Japan.
1. Jogasaki Coast 城 ヶ 崎 海岸
Located in Shizuoka Prefecture, the Jogasaki Coast was formed 4 thousand years ago after the Omuro volcano erupted with magma that washed ashore. The sea and the rocks mix in a setting that attracts several tourists.
The rock bears witness to the power of nature, as it has been slowly carved by the constant crash of the waves and the wind.
2. Kaminoko Pond 神 の 子 池
The second landscape we present is located in Hokkaido. The particularity of this pond is the beauty of its emerald green color. Hokkaido itself stands out for its natural splendor, this landscape stands out even more.
It is estimated that 12 thousand tons of water emanate from this natural spring every day. In the surroundings of the pond you can see sunken trees up to 5 meters, giving a fantastic air to the landscape.
3. Yomegashima 嫁 ヶ 島
Located in Shimane prefecture, Yomegashima is the only island located in Lake Shinji. With a perimeter of 240 meters, this small island has no inhabitants.
The view is somewhat nostalgic: The island floating in the middle of the lake is the only thing that can be seen around it. You can appreciate the landscape best during a sunset, the preferred time to dress it for many tourists.
4. Yufugawa Valley 由 布川 峡谷
Located in Beppu, the Yufugawa Valley stretches for 12 kilometers. It was chosen by various cultural magazines as one of the 100 most beautiful sights in Kyushu.
The valley can be appreciated both in spring, when the leaves of the trees sprout, and in autumn, when they turn reddish colors. Also, Beppu is famous for its hot springs.
5. Arasaki Beach 荒 崎 海岸
Arasaki Beach is located in Kanagawa Prefecture. It is a beach of scattered sedimentary rocks formed by strata that have accumulated in the waters for years. The mixture of black and white of the rocks is what makes this landscape so characteristic. It is considered one of the best views of the Miura peninsula.
6. Hornfelds ホ ル ン フ ェ ル ス
The first thing that catches the attention of this place is its name, which, naturally, is not Japanese. Hornfelds originally comes from the German, and refers to the pointy rocks that form on the shoreline.
Due to the great scientific value of these rocks, Hornfelds draws the attention of many geologists. The particularity of this landscape are the layers of black and white that form a pattern along the entire length of the rocks, which are 15 meters high.
7. Sohara Lake 曽 原 湖
Sohara Lake is located in Fukushima prefecture. It has a perimeter of 3.5 kilometers. The lake originated due to the explosion of a nearby volcano whose magma cut off the flow of a river. In addition, the richness of the minerals in the sediment has caused a varied vegetation to grow in the surroundings.
You can observe the landscape throughout the year, but it is especially crowded in winter to observe the snow-covered lake shore.
8. Zaou Ice Trees 蔵 王 の 樹 氷
Eighth on the list of natural landscapes, ice trees are located in Yamagata prefecture. This colossal natural monument is sometimes called “the snow monster”, and it is the product of the accumulation of snow under certain specific atmospheric conditions.
Its mysterious beauty is not unique only in Japan, but around the world, attracting visitors from all corners every year. It can be best appreciated from December to the beginning of March. It can also be visited at night to see it under the lights that are placed.
9. Yoshigataira 芳 ヶ 平
This plain located in Gunma Prefecture is unique for its diversity of flora and fauna. There are more than two hundred species of plants and animals that can be observed.
Yoshigataira is located in a swamp at a height of 1800 meters. In summer you can see the plain in full green, and in autumn it is painted in shades of orange.
10. Tomamu’s Sea of Clouds ト マ ム の 雲海
This last site on the list of natural landscapes is located in Hokkaido. From June to September, in the mornings you can see the sea of clouds that is created under the specific conditions of this region.
You can climb to the top of the mountain in a 12-minute cable car to reach a terrace. You can also enjoy the view with a coffee.