Popular Nature Attractions in Japan

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The area along the Kurokawa River, which flows through the western part of Kyoto City, is known as Arashiyama, and is a famous tourist attraction in Kyoto. Arashiyama has be the subject of many poems since ancient times. The cherry blossoms in spring and the red maple in autumn are famous sights. The beautiful scenery of the wild bamboo forest also reveals the unique charm of Kyoto. There are many famous temples and shrines scattered in the scenic area. The Katsuragawa and Togetsukyo Bridges starkly contrast with the mountains that stand behind them.
Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji stands in central Honshu, straddling Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures. There are express trains that can take you there from Tokyo and back. Regarded as a holy mountain by the Japanese, Mount Fuji has erupted multiple times in recorded history, most recently in 1707. It has been dormant since then. Today, the snowcapped peak of Mount Fuji has become one of Japan’s national symbols.
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Manza-Mo is one of the must-see attractions on the west coast of Okinawa Island. The word 'Manza' literally means 'ten thousand people to sit', while 'Mo' is the Okinawan word for an open field. Therefore, the overall meaning of Manza-Mo refers to a large field that can seat ten thousand people. Visitors may wish to come here to appreciate the unique and vast grassland and the emerald sea of Okinawa.
Lake Kawaguchi
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The most low-lying of the Fuji Five Lakes, Lake Kawaguchi offers a variety of nearby tourist facilities and hot spring hotels. Beautiful views of Mount Fuji can be found all around, and visitors can also choose to take a boat to experience its magnificence. In spring, cherry blossoms can be used as the foreground to Lake Kawaguchi and Mount Fuji, while in the autumn, maple trees lining the lake form a beautiful corridor of red leaves. The lakeside, decorated in beautiful reds and yellows, make Lake Kawaguchi even more appealing as the lake and red leaves form a truly spectacular and dizzying scene of interconnecting mountains and lake.
Lake Toya
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Lake Toya, which is situated in the southwestern part of Hokkaido, belongs to Shikotsu-Toya National Park. Formed after frequent volcanic eruptions in the area, the wide lake appears especially vast in contrast with the relatively low-lying outer rim of the mountains. The neighboring Mount Showa-Shinzan is still active to this day and can still be seen spewing white smoke from its surface. Along the shore is the famous Lake Toya Hot Spring, one of the few hot springs resorts in Hokkaido.
Kamo River
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Kamo River is a popular river that flows through the center of Kyoto. Featuring a beautiful landscape with clear water, the river is lined with walking paths and cycling paths, and couples can often be seen snuggled up on the banks as waterfowl play and hunt in the riverbed. It is particularly beautiful in cherry blossom season as the cherry trees on both banks spring into bloom and egrets play in the river. In summer, traditional Kawatoko cuisine at the riverside restaurants gives visitors a rare taste into the life of Kyoto.
Owaku-dani Valley
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Hot Spring
A famous tourist attraction in Hakone, Owaku-dani Valley is the remains of a volcanic crater formed over 3,000 years ago from a volcanic eruption. It is also a major source of hot springs in Hakone. The geothermal landscape proves to be a spectacular sight, with mountain rocks laying bare against the green trees of Hakone and spewing out hot steam from between their cracks. Visitors can overlook the remains of the crater that is shrouded in a white mist, from which it is also possible to see the beautiful scenery of Mount Fuji and the mountains of Hakone. You can also try the regional specialty of black eggs.
Oshino Hakkai
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Oshino Hakkai is a set of eight spring water ponds located in Oshino Village in Yamanashi prefecture. These eight ponds are fed by melted snow from Mount Fuji that filters down the mountain, resulting in crystal clear spring water. A variety of fish can be seen swimming in the ponds, and the surrounding flowers and trees set off against the beautiful and exquisite natural landscape. It is also a great place capture shots of the nearby Mount Fuji.

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