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Japan is an island country stretching over 2,000 kilometres from north to south. Northern Japan is in the sub-arctic climatic zone while Southern Japan is in the sub-tropical zone, resulting in the Japanese archipelago exhibiting an enormous variety of flora and fauna.

Outdoor - Nature


    Mt Aso 

    The greater part of the Japanese landmass is made up of mountains. Japan's mountains, together with the adjoining highlands, form beautiful landscapes coloured with diverse expressions, which change with each of the four seasons. Mt. Fuji and many other mountains of Japan are objects of worship. Both designated as World Heritage Sites, Shirakami-Sanchi in northern Japan is famous for its primeval beech forests, while Yakushima in southern Japan is well-known for its primeval subtropical forests and gigantic trees.

    Find our more about Japan's mountains here...

    * Mt. Fuji     * Mt. Takao     * Dewa Sanzan     * Central Alps

    * Kamikochi  *Yakushima   * Bandai Highlands


    Snow monkeys 

    Many of Japan's mountains are active volcanoes. Even the famous Mt. Fuji had been active as a volcano until the early 1700s. As a result, hot springs can be found all over the country. Since ancient times, the Japanese people have been very fond of these hot springs, which have become part of the Japanese lifestyle. The hot spring is effective in treating injuries and illnesses as well as relieving fatigue. If you visit a hot-spring resort, you will find that the majority of the accommodation facilities offer hot spring baths. You will also find many places where you can bathe in a hot spring without staying overnight. Roten-buro, which is an open-air spa, is extremely popular, so you should give it a try when travelling in Japan.

    Every region of the country has its share of hot springs and resort towns, which come with them. So here we will highlight just a few of the hundreds you can choose from in Japan. Guaranteed where ever you go in Japan you will never be far from an onsen!

    Find an onsen to visit here...

    * Noboribetsu     * Snow Monkeys' Hot Springs     * Hakone    

    * Kinosaki     * Yufuin    * Ibusuki

    > How to Enjoy Hot Springs


    Japan's sheer length means that this is country full of natural wonders and surprises; from its tropical beaches in Okinawa, the forests of Yakushima, through to the otherworldly rock formations found throughout this volcanic and mountainous land. If you're a keen sightseer looking for something particularly instagram-friendly on your next trip to Japan, then take a look at some of these options to add to your 'to do' list:
    • Meoto Iwa 'marriage rocks' in Mie Prefecture. Catch the sun rising between these two rocks, which represent a husband and wife, for a postcard-perfect shot.
    Meoto Iwa rocks
    • The Oki Islands of Shimane Prefecture are home to some of the best coastal scenery in Japan, and have been designated a global geopark by UNESCO. If you are really looking to get off the beaten track in Japan, this is the place to visit.
    Oki Islands
    • Oze National Park is around 150 miles north of Tokyo, and is an excellent hiking destination for outdoor fans not keen on big hills. Walk through the marshland with mountains covered in autumn leaves looming in the distance.
    Oze wetlands
    • The sheer cliff faces lining Takechiho Gorge resemble dragon scales in the way the rock has twisted and formed. Enjoy the backdrop of an enormous waterfall as you row down the river, admiring the grey rock surrounded by glorious greenery.
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