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Fuji mountain climbing

KANTO

Because Mount Fuji is high, general mountain climbing is limited to a certain season.It depends on a snow state of the year, but generally speaking, two months of July and August are the climbing season.Make sure to confirm the climbing information before having a try.In addition, it is crowded in the Japanese long vacation Bon season and weekend,if possible, climbing in other periods is better.Am...

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Shiretoko Five Lakes

HOKKAIDO

Fantastic five-lake area in the primeval forest. It is a tourist attraction which tourists must see in Shiretoko.However, tourists are not allowed to walk around freely along the lakes since brown bears inhabit there.The tourists who take part in the lectures in the field house of five-lake area are allowed to see some part of it.It is the only sightseeing spot in Japan where tourists may directly...

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Furepe Waterfall

HOKKAIDO

The waterfall which oozes out of the foot a cliff called‘the tears of a young girl’and flows into the sea during which it falls from the mountain.Though not a big waterfall, it is a great sightseeing spot along with the Sea of Okhotsk.The Shiretoko Nature Center is at the entrance of the trail where we can know something about Shiretoko.It can also be seen on a ship or a canoe at sea. It is pleasa...

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Kamuiwakka Hot Water Fall

HOKKAIDO

Hot spring flows into the river, and the whole river becomes the hot spring.There are waterfalls in the upper river, and the basin of a waterfall is a hot spring.Tourists may enjoy an interesting experience.However, the upper, most great spot of the river has been closed due to the danger of falling rocks.Better to go in other seasons than in summer due to the large number of tourists.NowThe acces...

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Cape Shakotan and Shimamui

HOKKAIDO

It is the best ocean blue in the shore which I viewed in the northern sea.It is the suitable place for divers in Hokkaido, and the color of the sea views will never be forgotten.The recommendation is to get around the trail along the shore to see its” Shakotan blue”....

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Lake Rausu

HOKKAIDO

It is the biggest lake on Shiretoko which is near to Shiretoko Pass and six kilometers around it.It is visited by so few people that it is called a lake of illusion for a long time.It is surrounded by small lakes and wet lands, so its primitiveness is suitable for people to trek here.The lake is so natural that it is suggested that tourists go there with plan to climb the mountain.Moreover, becaus...

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Rebun  Trekking

HOKKAIDO

It is the highlight around this island....

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Kushiro River Canoes

HOKKAIDO

The Kushiro River is where primitiveness remains most in Japan.It is the river of Japanese canoeists` dreams due to no seeing houses at all.There are courses starting from Toro half the way of the River (a half day),or from the headwaters of Lake Kussharo(4 days canoe-camping), which is highly recommended. TORO Nature Center...

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Furano Ski Resort

HOKKAIDO

Furano Ski Resort is one of the typical ski resorts in Japan.Various courses are provided to skiers from beginners to advanced ones, and it is equipped with good facilities, too.The area consists of two long runs, one in Kitanomine Zone, the other in Furano Zone.These two are connected with gondolas.The World Cup was held here several times, and it is one of the eminent ski resorts in Japan.A vari...

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Hirafu Ski Resort

HOKKAIDO

Hirafu Ski Rsort is the biggest one in Niseko,therefore there are various kinds of courses from beginners to senior uses.As for lodging facilities, tourists can use hotels and pensions, restaurants are also offered for use,so they will enjoy ski resorts fully....

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Annupuri Ski Resort

HOKKAIDO

Annupuri Ski Resort is a little gentle, even beginners can enjoy long cruising.A village of pension lodgings has been formed at the foot of the mountain, tourists may feel at home here,which is different from living at a hotel....

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Ski slopes and outdoor sports in summer

HOKKAIDO

There are a few ski slopes on the slope of Mt. Annupuri, among them Hirafu Ski Resort and Annupuri Ski Resortare bigger ones than others.Tourists can reach the top of the mountain from the two ski resorts by gondola or lift,so it is possible to enjoy the long-course mountain ski. Seen from the top of the mountain without any trees,a superb view is visible.Even in summer gondolas are available, a c...

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Lake Shinsen

HOKKAIDO

Lake Shinsen is plain with a trail around, and it will take about one and a half hoursto walk on it as a course.It is a bit distant from the downtown and therefore few tourists come here,visitors certainly enjoy hiking easily on the trail.Among the natural trails in Niseko, the periods of alpine plants in spring and red leaves in fallare strongly recommended....

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Hagurosan

TOHOKU

Hallowed ground of the mountaineering asceticism includes the Hagurosan areain a central station of Dewa Sanzan to collect faithand is an important cultural property and the treasure house of the historic cultural assets including a historic spot,the natural beauty spot including Five-Storied Pagoda.Pass through the gate and walk on an avenue of cryptomerias then see the Five-storied Pagoda,which ...

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Gassan

TOHOKU

The beautiful mountain may be called the symbol of Yamagata Prefecture.It takes about 3 hours to climb up to the mountaintop via Mount Haguro with a bus terminaland parking lot on 8- gome.Gassan Shrine is on the mountaintop, and many people come to worship....

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Daisetsu-kogen Onsen

HOKKAIDO

Daisetsu-kogen Onsen is located in the east of the Daisetsu area, the highest hot spring bath in Hokkaido, at 1,260m above sea level. A hiking trail around some of marsh ponds and Climbing trails stretch from Daisetsu-kogen Onsen, which is just a single accommodation. Especially, scenes of the red leaves here are the most superb in Japan. It is the place where I visit many times, too. Hikers are r...

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Oirase Stream

TOHOKU

Oirase Stream of 14 km is formed by the water from the Lake Towada.There are many waterfalls along the stream, the road is called Waterfall Road.Red leaves here are so attractive even all over Japan that a number of visitors come to walkon the trail along the stream. ...

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Mount Iwaki

TOHOKU

Mt. Iwaki is a volcano of 1625 meters above sea level which is the support of the people of Hirosakiand the target of worship since a long ago just as Mount Fuji, on the top of which is Iwakisan Shrine.The mountain is seen from anywhere of Hirosaki.The beautiful mountain is called Tsugaru Fuji.Get a shuttle bus to ‘8-gome’ stop, then a lift takes to 9-gome, so it takes totally 45 minutes to climb ...

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Yagen Mountain Stream

TOHOKU

It is known for the place of fresh green and colored leaves of 161 km from Osore-zan to the north.There are waterfalls, a trail built with the unused a railway line and a suspension bridge.In addition, there is Yagen Onsen breeding in the rare iron carbonate spring of Japan in the outskirts.It will be a pleasant tour, if the prayers of Osorezan stay at a Yagen Onsen for a night....

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Lake Juniko

TOHOKU

Because its access is the easiest in the Shirakami Mountains,it will be good even to visit here only if a tourist use the public transport.In the forest surrounded by beeches there are lakes ,marshes and among them Lake Aoikeand Lake Wakitusboike are the representative ones.There are some bus services from JR Gono Line station and Furofuji Onsen hot spring.Hiking trailOne attractive hiking trail i...

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Anmon Waterfall

TOHOKU

Three big waterfalls flow from the Anmon, and the trail reach the ‘third waterfall’ firstly,then ‘the second waterfall’ and the highest one ‘the first waterfall’ from the waterfall entrance.The waterfall outskirts are masculine scenes among steep rocks,and during the journey is the beauty spot of beech forests of Mount Shiragami can be seen.It is a three-hour trail for seeing the forest and clear ...

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Forest trail of Shiragami

TOHOKU

The trail is called Mini Shiragami through which people will easily know the beech forest of World Heritage.Tourists have a walk in the beech forest easily.It is specially recommended to those tourists who want to have visit to the beech forest. ...

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Hiking on the  Mountaintop

TOHOKU

It is a light, two-hour trail around the Hachiman Marsh near the mountaintop.The trail starts from the rest house which is accessible by car or bus.Walking around the crater lakes in the forest and the bank of the marsh makes it various, wonderful route.Especially, it is pleasant to see red leaves in fall. Seeing the lake takes 1 hour only....

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Lake Onuma

TOHOKU

Lake Onuma is a big marsh  1 km down from Goshogake Onsen,and the trail of one round 40 minutes is maintained.It is fun for red leaves in fall. Red leaves reflected on the lake is the highlight.A visitor center is in the shore whose facilities are very substantial as displays of nature of Hachimantaiand an information center....

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Mount Akita Komagatake

TOHOKU

Mount Akita Komagatake is a volcano by Lake Tazawa ,there is a parking lot on 8- gome of the mountain(Because of the road regulations, it is not available for vehicles except buses during the daytime),and it takes 1 hour to reach the mountaintop from the parking lot.There are many alpine plants, and the view of Lake Tazawa seen from the mountaintop is really splendid.It is better on a fine day. ...

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Midagahara Marsh

TOHOKU

Midagahara is a marsh on the 8-gome of Mt. Gassan.It is possible to see a large number of alpine plants.You can enjoy a relaxing walk of about one hour on the well-prepared wooden path....

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Yudonosan

TOHOKU

Yudonosan Shrine is under 5 km of Gassan mountaintop, and it looks mysterious and profound in deep ravine,worship is permitted only after cleaning the body without wearing shoes.It seems that mind is cleansed.There are some temples with Sokushinbutsu, monks who transformed their own bodies into mummies while still living,which is a mysterious experience of touching the essence of the Japanese Budd...

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Zao Onsen Ski Resort

TOHOKU

Zao Onsen ski Resort is located in the southeast of Yamagata City.Ski slopes and Zao Onsen have been developing with Onsen Resort.Its ski slopes only are the biggest in Japan, and there various kinds of ski slopes,so it is a typical Japanese ski area.It is famous for skiing among the rimes on the trees.Ski area is in the hot spring town, all the lodging facilities have hot springs.One-night stayin...

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Kurikoma Mountain Climbing

TOHOKU

There are various trails to the mountaintop, yet, on the Sukawa-kogen( Highlands) in the middle,it is better to choose 4.5-hour trail (Ascent: 2.5 hours Descent: 2 hours )during which visitors stay at 2 lodging facilities of the Sukawa -kogen .If you can get to the start of the mountain trail by car,the easiest spot to the top is Iwakagamidaira in Miyagi Prefecture , it is a 2.5-hour trail. ...

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Lake Goshikinuma

TOHOKU

It is on Urabandai-kogen , whose name means ‘A marsh of five colors’,because there are ponds of different colors here and there.Around it, a trail is available for a hiking course.In the both sides of east and west there are bus stops, a one-way walk is possible.The trail is between the Visitor Center at Goshikinuma-irikuchi bus stopand Urabandai-kogen bus stop of 3.5 km length.There are many reso...

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Kanmanga-buchi

KANTO

The back of Tamozawa Imperial Villa is a mountain stream, and it is very impressivethat several stone statues called “ Obake Jizo” line in the deep water where small strange-shaped rocks continue.There are a rest house ,a good seat along  a trail in the clear stream....

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A walk to the Takino Shrine

KANTO

It is a shrine in the deep forest of Toshogu Shrine and Taiyuin,whose quiet atmosphere compared with crowdedness of Toshogu Shrine makes it a pleasant walking trail.There is a motorway from the right side of Toshogu Shrine, it is accessible by car in case of getting to the shrine only....

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Senjogahara

KANTO

Senjogahara is a large damp plain located in the middle of way from Chuzenji Onsen to Nikko Yumoto Onsen,in case of the prospects of the damp plain only it is possible from the observatory along the motorway,but hiking is recommended.A road for natural research is maintained to go around the damp plains,and prospect sites to be able to look around the very large damp plains with Mount Nantai as it...

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Ozegahara

KANTO

Ozegaharais a marshland occupying most of Oze which was formed 10000 years ago.Its skunk cabbages in spring, harmonies of alpine plants in summer and red leaves in fall make touristsfeel comfortable like a paradise.It is the longed-for hiking trail for hikers.The Hatomachi Mountain Pass of Katashina Village in the most popular which is a way to get to Ozegahara.  ...

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Lake Ozenuma

KANTO

It is at the east end of Ozegahara and one of the lakes in highlands in Japanwhich was formed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Hiuchigatake.It is a beautiful marsh from which tourists can enjoy the neighboring mountains reflected on the surface of the lakeand the flowers of pretty seasons.It is accessible from Katashina Village and Hinoemata Village of Fukushima Prefecture.  ...

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Megane-bashi(Megane Bridge)

KANTO

The 31meters high, 91 meters long brick-arched bridge is the biggest in Japanwhich is on the hiking trail of Apt-no-michi.The access is possible to the bridge girder by car, and the worm's-eye view is grand....

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Moto-Hakone Sekibutsu/Sekito-gun

KANTO

The important cultural property of the country along National Road No.1.There is a trail near a small pond called the Shojin Pond and Sekibutu or stone statue buddhas,and towers for the repose of souls made about in 1200 are here and there.The image of Buddha inscribed on the polished cliff called the Rokugojizo is in particular worth seeing.There is also a history museum on the shoreline of Shoji...

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Hakone old road hiking

KANTO

It is a well-known trail to walk on the old road (Tokaido) of Hakone which is different from the current national highways.This hiking trail is a route from Hakone Yumoto to Lake Ashinoko,but from Hakone-machi , Ashinoko lakeside to Hakone Yumoto going down the mountain, which is easier.You can enjoy the atmosphere of the road of the old mountain pass via a row of cedar trees, the historic spots....

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Aokigahara Sea of Trees

KANTO

It was once a lake which was filled by an explosion of Mount Fuji approximately 1,200 years ago.It is so large that once you get lost, you will not get out of it again.The easiest way to see the scenery of the sea of trees is to have the trail between the Wind Caveand the Ice Cave 30 minutes.It is especially recommended to the visitors who have not so much time.There are some other trails, a walk ...

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Utsunoya Pass Hiking

CHUBU

It is a hiking route going around the former stage of Former Tokaido Roadmade with the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu.And the mountain pass, and the state of that time remains unchanged throughwhich tourists can experience the history....

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Gala Yuzawa Ski Resort

CHUBU

A Shinkansen station itself is a ski area, which makes it very convenient.It is used by many skiers because a one-day tour from Tokyo is possible.It is an ideal ski area for those who want to visit Japan in winter and to ski once.Gala Yuzawa Station is only used in winter....

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Shiga-kogen  Hiking

CHUBU

Shiga-kogen is surrounded by mountains of 2000 meters above sea level,and there are more than 70 lakes and ponds, which makes a highland resort full of entertainment.Many trails are available depending on a level from mini-trekking to be able to enjoy willingly in Shiga-kogento the mountain climbing courses for good walkers.Some representative trails are introduced.But it is necessary to beware of...

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Shiga-kogen Ski Area

CHUBU

Shiga-kogen has a large number of slopes, the most ski resorts in Japan.Because the nature of the snow is that of the highest area of Japan,its powder snow is a feature of the ski slopes. Main ski fields are introduced here. Ichinose Ski ResortIt is a wide ski field with family slopes in the central area of  Shiga-kogen.Yakebiyama Ski ResortIt is in the deepest area where anyone can enjoy in ...

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Togakushi Forest Botanical Park

CHUBU

It is a forest park close to the Togakushi Shrine,it is a nature paradise that can be enjoyed with gardens around forest.It has attractive gardens such as “Fir trees garden”, ”Skunk cabbage garden” and “Botanical garden” along trail .Togakushi is also one of well-known bird sanctuary in Japan because you can watch many remarkable birds....

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Happoone Hiking

CHUBU

Happoone is a ridge and a tableland on a hillside of Mount Karamatsudake(2700m).The hiking trail will lead to Lake Happoike.It can be enjoyed alpine plants and breathtaking panoramic view of the Hakuba`s mountain range.It is a paradise in the sky.You can take a gondola and a lift that leads to the middle of the mountain, and then walk 2 km.We highly recommend a visit to Happoone Trekking for all w...

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Happoone Ski Area

CHUBU

Happoone is one of Japan`s largest ski resorts, and known as the venue forthe Alpine skiing competition of Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998.It offers various course layouts, slalom downhill sloping hills, big slopes for intermediate and advanced skiers.It is one of the ski resorts in Japan that you would like to try once....

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Hiking along the Lake Yunoko

KANTO

It is a three km trail going around the lake from Nikko Yumoto Onsen.It is worth recommending because you can walk around the shore of the lake in the forest,with Lake Yunoko on the way.It will take you one hour. ...

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Oze Hiking Courses

KANTO

Commonly-used tourist courses.The tourists using the hiking courses have to stay at least one night unless they take a night bus.In case of using course 4 or 5, it is necessary to stay two nights at a local lodging facility....

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Omura Beach

KANTO

It is the simplest beach near Futami Port where facilities are set....

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Miyanohama Beach

KANTO

The beautiful shore of the bow shape facing Ani-jima Seto.Many coral reefs grow and a lot of tropical fish live underwater,so it is the most suitable for diving and snorkeling....

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Anijima-seto Marine Park

KANTO

It is a small island located to the north of Chichi-jima Island, which is accessible by boat or canoe.It is the spot for unbelievably transparent diving and snorkel. It is preserved as a marine park....

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Observatory on Mt .Mikazuki

KANTO

On the popular sunset observatory, the bleaching of the whale can be seen....

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Copepe Beach

KANTO

Copepe Beach is sea of rich coral and lots of fishes are suitable for a snorkel....

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Kominato Beach

KANTO

The beach of a white sand is suitable to swim barefoot because it is shallow.The wave is quiet in the inlet, too...

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John Beach

KANTO

John Beach is the shore of limestone in the south of Chichi-jima Island with a lot of reefs. ...

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Minami-jima(South Island)

KANTO

Minami-jima is a small island to the south of Chichi-jima Islandwhere you can go only accompanied by a tour guide.Such an undeveloped nature is still exists.The scene with a karts’ topography is really beautiful.It is a strongly recommended island....

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Manazuru Hiking trail

KANTO

Manazuru is a small peninsula, so if you take enough time, it is good to hike from JR Manazuru Station,or choose a hiking trail walking combined with a loop bus....

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Hirizohama Inlet

CHUBU

It is the most transparent inlet in Japan where it is possible to get by boatfrom Nakagi Village near the inlet only in summer,and it is the popular snorkel spot.Yet, it has been more crowded with vehicles, which makes parking more difficult.When parking is not available , it is possible to see the view from the Cape Ai-Ai,or from the sightseeing Cruise at Irouzaki Port.It may be the easiest way t...

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Shimanami Kaido

SHIKOKU

Shimanami Kaido is a road of 70 km long crossing a few bridges in the Seto Inland Seafrom Onomichi City of Hiroshima Prefecture to Imabari City of Ehime Prefecture.It plays a big role of not only linking Shikoku to Honshu but of a road for lives for the people on the way with the driveway,the rotation road and the pedestrian.In recent years, the cycling that crosses the bridges while going around ...

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Itoyama Observatory

SHIKOKU

Mount Itoyama is the start spot of Shimanami Kaido in the Imabari side.It is an observatory spot where Kurushima Channel and the Great Kurushima Bridge can be seen.Be sure to experience the wonderful view from the Observatory,because it is also the start spot of cycling in the Imabari side.Moreover, it is convenient that lodging facilities are available....

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Kurushima Channel  Boat

SHIKOKU

Kurushima Channel is one of the Japan's three biggest channels of rapid tide along with Naruto Channel, Kanmon Channel.Tide, islands here and there and the Kurushima Channel Bridge make splendid scenes.Because this sightseeing boat is beyond up to 10 knots and goes round this complicated flow of channel,tourists can enjoy the dynamic tide that has been considered as a difficult place of the seas s...

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Suwa Ravine

KANTO

Views seen from the bridge set up in the ravine with strange-shaped rocks are lineand a trai neatly constructed along the stream make tourists enjoy not only hot springs but stream walking.The trail of Suwa Ravine starts from the hot spring town, Seiryu Park and Sasafue Suspension Bridgeuntil Miharashi, about 2 km.There is bungee jumping of 42metershigh from Suwa Ravine Great Bridge.  ...

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Ichinokurasawa

KANTO

Ichinokurasawa is the popular of the Japanese rock climber with steep vast rock cliffs of Mt.Tanigawadake.The difficulty of climbing it is well-known among climbers in the world, so it is called the dangerous cliffwhere there are the most number of victims.The scene here is hard to express in words. Ridges rising above mountains, frequently-changing rock cliffs,snowy valley are all the overwhelmin...

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Mount Kusatsu Shirane

KANTO

It is a volcano of 2160 meters located in the border with Nagano Prefecture with a beautiful crater lake on the mountaintop.Many different hiking trails around the mountain area are available,and a large number of alpine trees make hikers pleasant.Yet, the hiking is now prohibited by the volcanic activity. ...

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Naeba Ski Resort

CHUBU

Naeba is one of the large scale ski areas in Japan where there is an altitude differenceand there are many sky slopes.In the past, the World Cup was once held.Because there are large hotels on the slopes, and the neighboring accommodations are substantial,it is recommended have a ski by staying a night....

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Kagura Ski Resort

CHUBU

The Kagura area is of high altitude and a large ski area which can be usedfrom the end of November to the end of May.It is attractive for those who want to have a long ski time.A cable car is used from the foot of the mountain to the ski slopes.Lodging facilities are not many....

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Takamine-kogen

CHUBU

Takamine-kogen is a vast highlands of 2,000meters above sea level, colorful alpine plants are in sight long the trailand the superb view of Mount Fuji, Mount Yatsugatake, the mountains of the Southern Alps are seen panoramically,all of which are enjoyable.A lot of mountaineers climb up to Mountain Kurofu which is the highest peak of the outer rim of a volcanic craterof Mount Asama in particular to...

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Kitayatsugatake Ropeway

CHUBU

It is located at the north end of Mount Yatsugatake,the Alpine view seen from the mountaintop station of 2237 meters above sea level is perfectly magnificent.In the Tsuboniwa Nature Garden on the mountaintop,the scene that shrubs cover the lava plateau and the nature that alpine plants grow in colonies is splendid.There is a trail for approximately 30 minutes one round.It is the skiing area in win...

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Yokoya Ravine

CHUBU

Yokoya Ravine is popular as a spot of colored leaves in the ravine where the bedrock of the mountain streamand small waterfalls continue to extend,but there is a waterfall along the trail, and the walk in winter is good because water freezes in winter,which makes an interesting scene.It is lighted up as icefall group of the Crystal Festival in winter. ...

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Snow Corridor

CHUBU

Along the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route, it is the heaviest snowfall areawhere the accumulation of snow is 10 to 20 meters high even in the middle of May.A walk ,a several hundred meter long ,along the dynamic snowy corridor in the Snowfall of Otaniafter the whole opening to the traffic from April 16 to May20~31 is most popular....

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Kakizore Ravine

CHUBU

It is a V-shaped ravine formed by the erosion of the river.Tourists can enjoy the beauty of the waterfall and rapid stream from the suspension bridge or the trail.The huge granite in the deep valley of the upper side of the river 8 km away from the suspension bridgemakes a beauty spot of the waterfall, the shallows and the deep water....

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Mount Misen

CHUGOKU

It is a mountain of 535 meter above sea level in the central part of Miyajima,and the mountain itself has been the object of worship since old times.The mountain is suitable for climbing trail for its good view from the mountaintop,its primitiveness for its position on an island....

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Tsutsukihama Beach

KYUSHU

The white sand, transparent sea and the scene of beach on fine days with 600 meters long coastline are memorable.That is why it is an attractive seaside resort.If you go there out of the beach season and sit on the beach, you may feel that you are sitting towards the heaven....

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Ohama Beach

KYUSHU

This beach is well-known for windsurfing.There are few swimmers on Ohama Beach compared with the Tsutsukihama Beach.Visitors may have a quiet time here in summer....

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Nishikihama Beach

KYUSHU

Nishikihama Beach is also a beautiful beach of white sand.The transparency of the sea does not lose the southern islands.There are coral reefs off the coast.It is recommended to those who like marine sports....

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Kuyoshihama Beach

KYUSHU

It is a 500-meter-long beach to the southwest of Ashibe Port.It is also a beach with a vast sand dune behind it,the harmony of the beautiful scenery of the beach and the gulf is really perfect....

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Sugehama Beach

KYUSHU

Sugehama is a beach where white flowers are in blossom in summer.Restaurants and accommodations are available....

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Akiyoshidai

CHUGOKU

In case of prospects only, Akiyoshidai observatory is enough,but hiking is recommended in order to enjoy the vast Akiyoshidai.Among some routes, it is to introduce a representative route here.Make sure to confirm the time of the return bus....

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Yoshino River Rafting

SHIKOKU

The rafting on the Yoshino River is held here, Oboke and  Otoyo-cho at the upper side of the Yoshino River.The rafting on the famous violent Yoshino River is thrilling.If you are a thrill seeker, we would recommend you to have a try.*It is closed from November to February. ...

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Five pilgrimage routes

KANSAI

Nakahechi Route:The most commonly-used route among the five.Kohechi Route:A steep long mountain route connecting Koyasan with Kumano Ohechi Route: A shore line route connecting Tanabe to Nachikatsuura.Omine-okugake:A route opened as an ascetic practices ground formerly, and the steepest, most rugged route among the five routes.Iseji Route:A downtown route connecting Ise Shrine with Hayatama-taisha...

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From Kobiro Pass to Kumano Hongu

KANSAI

A representative route and highlight of Nakahechi Route.The 7-8-hour route of 18 km goes through three mountain passes in the remote forest far away from the houses and roads.If you choose one route among the five routes, it is recommended in consideration of accessibility....

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Mt.Hakkoda Hiking

TOHOKU

It is dotted with ponds and marshes from the Ropeway Mountaintop Station,and the trail is maintained around the large treasure of the outstanding alpine plants in Japan.It is attractive for hikers for there are a 30-minute trail and one-hour one.Furthermore, a trail of three hours 30 minutes to the Sukayu Onsen hot spring is the splendid course with superb viewthat is recommended to the night spen...

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From Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu

KANSAI

It is a route on the way from Kobiro Pass to Hongu-taisha which is suitable for those who do not have enough time.It is the most popular of all routes. It is 7 km long and takes 3 hours....

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From Totsugawa to Kumano Hongu

KANSAI

It is a 15 km long route as a part of Kohechi Route passing over mountain passes, which takes 5 hours.There is a village called “Hatenashi” the Village of the Heaven on the way,you may feel the original scenery of mountain village of Japan while walking on the trail,which may be called the Essence of the Kumano-kodo.Totsugawa-mura is a village along a deep valley in the mountain.The scenery of the...

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From Kumano Hongu to Kumano Hayatama

KANSAI

It is a route called "the Prayer Way of the River “going down the Kumano River,and go down to Kumano-hayatama-taisha by boat.Taking a bus bound for Kumano Kawabune Center(Kumano River Barge center), Hitari Bus Stop,then going down the river by boat is commonly used now....

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Koyasan Choishimichi

KANSAI

Koyasan Choishimichi is an official path of 22 km long from Jisonin temple of Kudoyama Town to Koyasan.Choishi means pillars standing at a certain distance, people in ancient times walked along the path while worshiping.It is now a 7 hour long walking trail.The view of the big river, an orchard, grove of miscellaneous tree and cedars and tea housescan make tourists feel the quiet Japanese country,...

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Ikaruga Cycling

KANSAI

It is a 10- km long trail to go around the temple groups, various size of ponds,rural scenery of flowers,old cityscape, which is the local highlight....

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Shimanami Kaido cycling

CHUGOKU

It is a cycling trail to cross some bridges connecting the island of the Seto Inland Sea,which is a good experience during the limited time and worth recommending.Because the lane for exclusive use of the bicycle is built, it is safe to ride a bicycle on the bridge.In addition, you may leave your rental bicycle at any rental cycle terminal without taking it to the start spot.*It is the reverse cou...

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Shimanto Cycling

SHIKOKU

Cycling is recommended to experience the scenery of this beautiful river and river bankbecause there are some courses suitable for cycling from the upper side of the river to the lower basin.A bicycle can be rented at Ekawasaki Station and the Tourism Association of Shimanto City,a user can park the bicycle anywhere between two places....

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Shimanto River Canoe

SHIKOKU

The Shimanto River is a longed-for river of the Japanese canoeists.Because there is not a dam though it is a big river,canoeists gather to be able to go down from the upper basin to the downstream by a canoe,so they come to this river from the whole country.The scenery of the simple country of Japan is the most charming. It is the different canoe experiences from a four-day course for senior canoe...

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Canoe-kan

SHIKOKU

Tourists may have different experience of a short course, long course of canoe,and it offers lodging facilities such as camping fields, bungalows and log houses,which makes it the basic spot of outdoor sports in the Shimanto area...

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Hagi sightseeing boat

CHUGOKU

It is a river tour of 40 minutes around the town of Hagi by boat.Seeing the historic cityscape while sailing round the river in the downtown provokes a sentiment of another tour.It is possible to have a boat tour at any time. A landing place is just next to Hagi Castle Bus Stop....

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Yamaga Cycling

KYUSHU

A rental bicycle is available at the information center beside the Sakura-yu.They are electric bicycles, so using an electric bicycle is convenient for a long distance tour.The bicycle center is 3 km far from the downtown, where a rental bicycle is available.There are roads for cycling along Kikuchi River across the town,it is a leisure to see the river while cycling....

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Amaterase Railway Super cart

KYUSHU

A self-run cart with an engine for sightseeing runs on the railway which became the abolished line by a typhoon damage.Though it is not a long railway, it runs about 30 minutes,its peak is to see a 352.5 meters long and 105 meters high Takachiho Bridge.It is really a wonderful view. It is fun that visitors may experience different feeling from the amusement park.Yet, when the weather is bad, it is...

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Ebino Eco Museum Center

KYUSHU

It is a visitor center of Ebino and Kirishima, of 1200 meters above sea leveland a mountain climbing base for a scenic-viewing roadand Kirishima mountain ranges.It provides the information of the nature and mountain climbing, stop in here first.It is accessible by bus, then take a full time and have a trek orclimb the mountain....

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Ebino-kogen Hiking

KYUSHU

There are various walking trails on the Highlands, and it is one of them.All the ponds including this walking trail are crater lakes which can be enjoyed only in Japan.Because the trail is flat and is not long, it is suggested that climbers walk by all means.Those who want to walk more may climb Mt. Karakunidake....

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Onamiike Hiking

KYUSHU

It is the highest crate lake in Japan, located in the southeast of Mt. Karakunidake.The diameter of the surface of the lake is approximately 650 metersand it is round-shaped.The lake is surrounded by the forest, and the transparent bottom of the lake can be seen because of its high acidity.It is really a quiet atmosphere.The view from the mountaintop pleases the eyes of the mountaineer with the gr...

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Crane Observation Center

KYUSHU

The Japanese have been protecting cranes as lucky birds for their longevity and there is a lot of bait on the tideland,that’s why so many cranes come here and spend winters.More than 10,000 cranes come here from November to January every year,which makes a grand view, so it is recommended that bird watchers visit here in winter at least one time.In order to prevent infection of illness, visitors a...

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Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine

KYUSHU

It takes 5 to 6 hours to have a round-trip trail.Tourists may feel the powerful charm of the rock and mossed primitive forest by walking along the streamin the forest of the Yaku cedars, which is really a highlight trail.Though it is not a difficult trail, it may be a long-walk trail if it is not confirmed.Taikoiwa is a superb view prospect spot of the beauty of mountain areas in Yakushima,and it ...

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Yaksugi Land/Mt. Tachudake

KYUSHU

Yakesugi Land has 4 courses(30minutes, 50 minutes, 80 minutes, 150 minutes).The 30-minute trail and 50-minute one are light cycling trail,there are recommended to the visitors who want to experience the forest a little.Because a trail is built and the atmosphere of the forest of Yakushima can be enjoyed,these two trails are recommended to those who have no time or lack physical strength.80-minute ...

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Kigensugi

KYUSHU

It is a cedar of about 3000 years old. Tourists may take a bus or a car to see the Yaku cedar.This old tree makes the people feel dignity....

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Sukuji Beach

OKINAWA

Sukuji beach is near from Kabira Bay.It is in the middle of the bay with a mountain as its back, and the shallow part is covered by the soft sand.Though snorkeling is impossible without coral reefs,but the sea is calm and the beach is suitable for a family tour with childrenbecause the facilities such as rest rooms and showers are available....

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Fukido River Mangrove

OKINAWA

Because it is in the northern mountainous area, tourists can see the thick subtropical jungle, primitive natural  sceneryand feel that the nature is magnificently splendid.A great variety of animals and plants inhabit here and participating in an eco-tour to go aroundthe northwest of Ishigaki Island is recommended because there are a lot of tour companies handling a river kayak.In case you cannot ...

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Yonehara Beach

OKINAWA

Because the Yonehara Beach is near to Kabira Bay, it is the most popular in Ishigaki Island.Coral reefs grow well, and a shallow reef opens as far as wide.The drift of the tide is fast, a long-distance swim is prohibited.It is the beach where tourists can enjoy the coral reefs lightly by watching blueand yellow fishes several meters away from the beach.In addition, there is the primitive forest of...

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Miyara River Mangrove

OKINAWA

Miyara River is the biggest river on the island flowing through the southern part of Ishigaki Island.A lot of natural riverbanks remain, and plants grow well on the mangrove damp ground in the lower area of the riverand it is designated as the natural monument of the country as "Plant Forest of the Miyara River”.In addition, in recent years the tour by canoe extends to the river entrance.You may h...

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Cape Maeda and Blue Cave

OKINAWA

The Cape Maeda is one of the diving and snorkeling spots in Okinawa Island,and the beautiful sea around the cape is visible from the observatory.There is a big sea cave called the Blue Cave nearby and it is possible to experience blue water in the caveand a mysterious atmosphere,it is extremely popular with many divers and snorkelers.A tour accompanied by an instructor is available....

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Sun Marina Beach

OKINAWA

The quality of the water around Sun Marina Beach is judged to be the best through a survey of water qualityconducted by the Ministry of Environment.The characteristic here is a promenade on the lagoon with hotel near it;tourists can walk on the promenade freely as if it is like a private beach.It is a good place to spend time leisurely....

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The Zamami Islands

OKINAWA

The sea surrounding the islands is very transparent with rich reefs in the seaand pure white coral sand and subtropical green on the beach,which is really the paradise of the sea even may be called“the Sea loved by the World”.You may have a leisure time, go round superb view spots by bicycle, dive into the sea playing with fish or watch a whale.The island can satisfy all of these....

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Furuzamami Beach

OKINAWA

Because there are a lot of swimmers in summer,the shops such as rental stores or the marine activities do business,you may feel non-private, but it is suitable for snorkeling for its depth....

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Ama Beach

OKINAWA

Ama Beach is a little-known beach to able to spend time leisurelybecause it is not so crowded as Furuzamami Beach.It is shallow and transparent and the beach is a combination of the sandy shore and coral sand.Camping is allowed....

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Amuro Island

OKINAWA

Amuro is an island ahead of Furuzamami Beach.It is only reachable by a little boat from Zamami Port or by using a tour course,where you may have a relaxing time without being interrupted by othersbecause there are no people....

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Aka Island

OKINAWA

It is one of the Kerama Islands, which is connected with Geruma Island, Fukaji Island by bridges.Therefore, once you get to Aka Island by ship, you may go round the three island by rental motorcycle or bicycle,which is a completely different experience from the one on Zamami Island.Many visitors come to Aka Island to have a sea bath or experience marine sports on the beautiful white beachsurroundi...

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Nishihama Beach

OKINAWA

Nisjhihama is a 1 km long beach along the northeast shore of Aka-jima Island.The clear and transparent sea extends to the far end,and the scenery of beautiful inland sea of the Kerama Islands seen from the beach is outstandingly splendid,which makes it a superb view not only on Keruma Island but also among all of beaches of Japan. Aka Island...

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Awaren Beach

OKINAWA

Awaren beach is the biggest with 600 meters long sandy beach in the Kerama Islands, and full of people.It is suitable for a family tour because shower facilities and marine facilities are provided.There is a bus service in conformity to a ship from the port, too,so it is easy to get. Because the accommodations are concentrated here,it is a beach convenient for feeling lightly a remote island in Ok...

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Tokashiku Beach

OKINAWA

Tokashiku Beach is unsuitable for snorkel because there is little coral,but the sea is transparent and the grain of sand is rather small just for walk on bare foot.There is only one resort hotel, which is prepared for those who do not like crowded people. ...

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Maihama Beach

OKINAWA

Maihama Beach should be called the highlight of Miyakojima Island with 7 km long and natural sandy beach,so it is really a representative beach not only in Okinawa but also in the East.In addition, it is the superb view spot of the sunset. But it is not suitable for snorkeling because there is no coral reef....

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Sunayama Beach

OKINAWA

Sunayama Beach is in the west coast of Miyakojima Island, a hill covered with sand,so it is called the Suna-yama Beach.The extension of the sandy beach is short, but is considered by a magazines as a beauty spotbecause there is the arch of a natural rock to the left hand of the sandy beach and the sand hill at the rear side....

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Aragusuku Beach

OKINAWA

Aragusuku Beach is possible to enjoy snorkeling for coral reefs extend to the shoreline nearby.Many people come here repeatedly for it is not crowded here.There are more local people than tourists....

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Yoshino Beach

OKINAWA

Yoshino beach is popular as a beach where the snorkeling is possible in Miyakojima.It is a 500 meters long beach and the coral gets close to the shoreline.The beach where a coral reef gets close to the neighborhood is rare in Okinawa.The water is transparent, the wave is calm because of the coral reefs so there are abundant fishes.The transparency of the water is high, and lots of wave being relat...

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Emgear Marine Garden

OKINAWA

Emgear Marine Garden is a beach park using the especially beautiful shoreline of the southern coast of Miyakojima island.It is suitable to have a walk on the promenade and observatory.The wave is calm in the inner side of the bay for playing in the sea a little....

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Toriike

OKINAWA

Toriike are two circular ponds in the west coast of the Shimoji Island .A stalactite cave near the shore was eroded by the wave and grew bigger and the ceiling collapsed partiallyand that is how the two ponds were formed.It is an upper grade diving spot for it is connected with sea under the sea....

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Toguchinohama Beach

OKINAWA

Toguchinohama Beach is the beach that is famous for the beauty of the sand bar and the transparent water in Okinawa,an 800 meters bow-formed sandy beach.Such facilities such as showers are available, too.There is an airport for the training of pilots nearby,and it is interesting to see the repetition of the touch & go from the beach.Irabu Island...

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Nagamahama Beach

OKINAWA

Nagamahama Beach is on the West Coast of Kurima Islamd.The white sandy beach is very clean, and there is a coral reefs here and there are still few tourists,so it is a little-known beach as a snorkel spot.Kurima Island...

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Yabiji

OKINAWA

Yabiji is a very large coral reef group with 17 km from the north to the south, 6.5 km from the east to the west.It is one of the biggest coral reefs not only in Miyako Islands but also in Okinawa region,and it is a big sacred place for diving and snorkeling.Ikema Island...

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Nakama River Nature Reserve Area

OKINAWA

Nakama river flows through the east side of Iriomote and is proud of about 12 km long,a scale of basin area of 32.3 square km, and is a representative river of Iriomote island.Magnificent mangrove forest grows in the basin for 5 km from the river mouth of the Nakama River,which is said to be nation's largest.Because there are various active tours such as taking sightseeing boat, canoeing, going ar...

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Banner Park

OKINAWA

It is a fully natural park 4kms away to the north of the city. Anyone can enjoy the natural park.The park is on the Mt. Banner of 200 meters, and there are four different environmental open spaces,and what tourists can enjoy is the nature observation sidewalk, bird watching, observation of butterfliesand flowers and prospect.Because there are few tourists for some reason, it is the place that a pe...

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Yoggo Ravine

KYUSHU

It is ravine which is in the broadleaf forest of Nagata Village in the northwest of the island.Visitors may drive there and walk for 10 minutesfrom the parking lot.The river flows down from the top of a big granite, floating water is really clear.However, be careful ofthe rise of a river....

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Pinaisara Waterfall

OKINAWA

It is a water of the greatest drop (about 55 meters) in Okinawa Prefecture,located at the upper part of the Hinai River, the Funaura Port which is 2.5 km away from the Uehara Port.It takes 40 minutes by canoe or 50 minutes by trekking to get to the top of the waterfall.What can be seen on the top of the waterfall is the mountain, the river and the sea in Iriomote Island.It is one of few spots to s...

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Hoshisuna Beach

OKINAWA

Hoshisuna Beach is located at the northern tip of Iriomote Island, where snorkeling is enjoyed easily.Hoshinosuna means that star-shaped sand can be seen.The wave is calm, many fishes can be visible among the rocks, which is suitable to have a leisure time....

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Ballase and Hatoma Island

OKINAWA

Ballase Island is an island of the coral rising and ten minutes away from the Uehara Port by ship,from the surrounding colorful fish and coral reefs are seen.Snorkeling is popular here.Hatoma Island is a beautiful island on the hill with a promenadeand tourists may be healed by the green of the island and private houses of the red cement tile roofs.A one-day tour course is available during which i...

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Maryudu and Kanpire Waterfall

OKINAWA

The two waterfalls are at the upper side of Urauchi River, the longest river in Okinawa Prefecture.A sightseeing boat is used as a jungle cruise from the boarding spot near the entrance of the riverto the Gunkaniwa Rock (Destination: 8 km upward from the boarding spot), then walking to the waterfall.A promenade is built from the Gunkaniwa Rock to the Maryudu Waterfall or to the Kanpire Waterfall,w...

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