Nature and the outdoors

Japan's natural world is beautiful and fascinating. With a climate that varies from cold Hokkaido in the north, to tropical Okinawa in the south, Japan features wild landscapes, mountains, beaches, jungles and volcanoes that are often easily accessible by hiking and camping.


Visit Kamikochi and go hiking in the Japanese mountains

Visit Kamikochi and go hiking in the Japanese mountains

In the mountains of Japan's Honshū island you can go hiking or mountain climbing and stay in hotels, lodges, mountain huts or campsites.

Countryside, Mountains, Trains, Hiking


See Kamakura on a day trip from Tokyo and visit rural shrines and temples

See Kamakura on a day trip from Tokyo and visit rural shrines and temples

Get out of Tokyo and take in some fresh air on a trip out to Kamakura where you can see temples and a giant bronze Buddha

History, Countryside, Trains, Walks


Climb a volcano in Japan! Hike up Kaimondake in Kyushu

Climb a volcano in Japan! Hike up Kaimondake in Kyushu

Japan is famous for volcanos, Mount Fuji being the most recognised, but you can hike up smaller volcanoes on some amazing hikes all around Japan.

Kyushu, volcano, hikes


Visit the seaside town of Ibusuki for sea views, beaches and hot sand baths

Visit the seaside town of Ibusuki for sea views, beaches and hot sand baths

This lovely little seaside town is a great place to spend a night while exploring southern Kyushu, or as a day trip from Kagoshima

Kyushu, seaside, onsen, spa, sand baths


Visit the Great Buddha of Kamakura at Kōtoku-in

Visit the Great Buddha of Kamakura at Kōtoku-in

Enjoy one of Japan's Buddhist national treasures in rural Kamakura, only an hour from Tokyo and the ideal day trip

Buddhism, Tokyo, nature, hiking, Giant Buddha


Arashiyama bamboo forest, Kyoto

Arashiyama bamboo forest, Kyoto

The touristy but fascinating rural town of Arashiyama near Kyoto has a stunning bamboo forest and other attractions

Kyoto, Arashiyama bamboo forest, walks, temples


Kagoshima Flower park, Kyushu

Kagoshima Flower park, Kyushu

Visit this subtropical botanical park at the southern tip of Japan

Kyushu, flowers, botanical gardens