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Whilst most travellers who have never visited Japan tend to think of its big cities, Japan is a treasure-trove of natural wonders for those who like to explore the great outdoors.

A huge percentage of Japan's land mass is made up of mountains, meaning this country is any snow sport, climber or hiker's dream. Japan is also home to a wide variety of climates - from the sub tropical beaches of Okinawa, to the snow-covered mountains of Hokkaido, meaning it suits all types of holidaymakers. Plenty of volcanic natural wonders and hot springs to explore mean getting out and about in Japan's countryside is the best way to make the most of your time in the country.

Whether you hike, ski, run, cycle, or just like the thought of sitting back in a natural hot spring with nothing but mountains all around you, see our suggestions for the best places to cosy up with nature in Japan.