What season’s scenery is your favourite?
Large parts of Japan are covered in snow during winter, creating some beautiful scenery that is different from other times of the year.
Please enjoy these seven carefully selected stunning views!
Surrounded by the virgin forests of the Shiretoko Peninsula are the five magical lakes known as the Shiretoko Five Lakes, where you can see brown bears and unique flora and fauna that can’t be seen anywhere else.
Listed as an official World Heritage Site, the famous sightseeing spot of Shiretoko Pass and the rest of the Eight Wonders of Shiretoko in Shiretoko National Park and Shiretoko Peninsula may be more well known, but don’t pass up this drift ice either.
The Zaō mountain range’s unique weather conditions and plant life combine to create the world-famous natural work of art, the “ice monsters”.
Zaō, in the Miyagi Prefecture, has not only adapted to harsh conditions, but has flourished with these ice monsters, so feast your eyes upon the vast panoramic view of the ice monster fields.
This beautiful scenery is famous enough to have an endless stream of people from across the world coming to catch a glimpse.
The ice monsters during the day and the night really do look as different as night and day, so both are a must-see.
Visible during the winter at Lake Suwa, “The God’s Crossing” is a mysterious natural phenomenon occurring on the lake’s surface when it is completely frozen over.
As the legend goes, it’s a path of love, as a god travels from the upper shrine of the Suwa Grand Shrine to meet a goddess at the lower shrine.
This magical white pathway sure looks like a pathway walked by the gods!
Located in inner Chichibu, the scenic winter icicles of Misotsuchi are works of art created from water trickling down the rocks that freezes over to form ice.
The beautiful scenery of the rice terraces of Tōkamachi City can be enjoyed year-round.
When the peaceful rural sights are fused with the snowy landscape of winter, the indescribable beauty will surely heal you.
If you clear the snow that accumulates on the roads around Murodo Terminal, you can make a wall that can be as wide as 500m. This is what is known as a “giant valley of snow.”
And its height can be close to 20m!
A view of Kinkaku-ji Temple covered in snow can be the most beautiful among all the seasons.
This snowy landscape can be impressively beautiful; however, it rarely snows in Kyoto and therefore it is an extremely rare scenery.