Mitarai Valley, one of Nara’s great natural wonders, is an ideal place for hiking in spring and autumn and for escaping the heat in summer.
Onyu Pass Viewing Point / Shiga
Onyu Pass, a spectacular viewing point created by autumn leaves and sea of clouds is an 820m high forest road located on the border between Shiga and Fukui.
Yamashina-sosui Canal / Kyoto
Walking along the promenade of Yamashina-sosui. In spring, It creates a 4-km long “cherry blossom tunnel,” and rape blossoms bloom under the cherry trees.
Nagare-bashi Bridge (Kozuyabashi) / Kyoto
Nagare-bashi bridge, over the Kizu River in Yawata City, Kyoto is one of the longest wooden bridges in Japan with a quaint atmosphere used in period dramas.
Ryuougabuchi Pond / Nara
Ryuougabuchi is a spring-fed pond located in Uda, northeastern Nara. The surface of the water reflects the surrounding scenery, creating a mystical atmosphere.
Ono City Cherry-Blossom Viewing Corridor/ Hyogo
Somei-Yoshino, among the four other varieties, planted in groups, making it the longest cherry blossom viewing passage in Ono city of the Kita-Harima region.
Takedao Abandoned Train Tracks Trail/ Hyogo
Takedao abandoned train tracks, located in the Mukogawa Valley is surrounded by the great nature with 6 tunnels and 3 bridges, to open as a unique hiking trail.
Inunaki-san(犬鳴山) / Osaka
Inunaki-san, located in Izumisano of Osaka is well known for its hidden hot spring resort with mountain scenery and spiritual sanctary, Shipporyu-ji Temple.
Minabe Bairin Plum Orchard Grove/ Wakayama
Minabe Bairin Plum Orchard, Japan’s largest plum grove in Minabe-cho, Wakayama offers a fantastic scenery of a million plum blossoms in early spring.
Settsukyo Gorge National Park/ Osaka
Settsu-kyo Gorge natural park, located in the north of Osaka that can be enjoyed throughout the year with the beauty of the seasonal nature and flowers.
The Metasequoia Tree-lined Road/ Shiga
About 500 gigantic metasequoia trees lined along both side of the long straight road of 2.4 km, located in the north of Shiga create a magnificent scenery
Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉) / Hyogo
Kinosaki is a pleasant historical hot spring town, allows you to have a unique Japanese experience while strolling around in Yukata, and hot springs hopping.