MOUNTAINS & HIGHLANDS
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.
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* Mt. Fuji * Mt. Takao * Dewa Sanzan * Central Alps
* Kamikochi *Yakushima * Bandai Highlands Save
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!
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* Noboribetsu * Snow Monkeys' Hot Springs * Hakone
* Kinosaki * Yufuin * Ibusuki
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