These Nature Spots in Japan Prove That the Country Is Full of Hidden Gems
There's so much more to explore!
Adventurous travelers visiting Japan will be glad to know that the country also holds plenty of beautiful nature spots. If you're looking to escape the city to refresh your body and soul, try visiting these scenic places this summer!
Yume no Tsuribashi (Dream Suspension Bridge)
The gaps between the planks offer you a view of the lake below. Enjoy the thrill of walking along this bridge!
The Yume no Tsuribashi or Dream Suspension Bridge is located in Kawanehon Town, Shizuoka Prefecture. It spans over Tyndall Lake and is a 30-minute walk from the hidden Sumatakyo Gorge Hot Spring.
The large bridge, which measures eight meters high and 90 meters long, is one of the "Top 10 Suspension Bridges You Must Visit Before You Die" from a travel review site.
The most notable feature of this spot is the "Tyndall phenomenon" in which light reflects off the highly transparent lake. The surface of the lake shining emerald green makes the entire scene look surreal.
Meanwhile, the Sumatakyo Gorge Hot Spring also has Bijozukuri no Yu, an outdoor hot spring (entry fee for ¥400) that is perfect for relaxing tired muscles.
Bijozukuri no Yu, an outdoor hot spring, has the power to heal your tired body.
Yume no Tsuribashi is located at Sumatakyo Gorge, Kawanehon-cho, Haibara District, Shizuoka Prefecture. You may contact the Kawanehon-cho Tourism Committee at +81-547-59-2746. Best season to visit is from mid-July to the end of August from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The huge rock with the central hole looks stunning.
The Chiiwakyo hiking course is located at the Tenryu Oku Mikawa Quasi-National Park. If you walk along the mountain trail with clear waters, you'll eventually arrive at this limestone cave. Here, you'll find plenty of stalagmites and stalactites.
In addition to this, the megalith called Tsutenmon, located near the summit, has a hole in the center that makes for a beautiful, insta-worthy shot. The natural scenery will surely impress those who visit the place.
You will feel healed passing through the beautiful river along the way.
Chiiwakyo is located at Kawai, Shinshiro City, Aichi Prefecture. You may contact the Shinshiro Tourism Committee at +81-536-29-0829. Best season to visit is from the end of July to mid-September from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dogashima Sea Cave
The Dogashima Sea Cave has a natural skylight at its center.
The Dogashima Sea Cave is located on the west coast of Izu Peninsula and is a scenic spot where you can see the unique Rias coast. At the center, its ceiling rounds out and forms a skylight. The light that shines into the cave is reflected in the water and changes it to various colors depending on the time and season. The sight is simply beautiful!
Dogashima Sea Cave is located at 2060 Nishina, Nishiizu-cho, Kamo District, Shizuoka Prefecture. It is open from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except during stormy weather. You may contact the Dogashima Marine at +81-558-52-0013. Fee for the boat ride is ¥1,200 for adults. Best season to visit is from April to November during daylight.
Shiraito Falls is a registered World Heritage site and a component of Mt. Fuji.
The Shiraito Falls is a registered World Heritage Site. This waterfall, located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, is about 20 meters high and 150 meters wide—the largest scale in Japan. The ice melting off of Mt. Fuji flows like strings of silk in the waterfall. The overwhelming size of the waterfall, the delicate trail of water flowing downwards, and the clear water below are enough to make anyone amazed at the sight.
The Otodome Falls, mid-way to Shiraito Falls, is also a must-see. If you are lucky, you might even get to see a rainbow there.
The Otodome Falls has a height of 25 meters!
Shiraito Falls is located at Kamiide, Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture. You may contact the Fuinomiya City Tourism Committee at +81-544-27-5240. Best season to visit is from July to September from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The blue river below is so impressively clear that you can see the bottom.
The lovely Tsukechi Gorge is located at Nakatsugawa City, Gifu Prefecture. The Tsukechi River, whose water flows from the south of Mt. Ontake, is known as "Aokawa" because of its clear waters. The colors of the river range from turquoise to emerald green, depending on where you see them and when. Either way, the colors are all vivid and gorgeous.
Don't miss the chance to see Fudo Falls as well! It is considered as one of the most beautiful spots in Tsukechi Gorge.
You might chance upon a rainbow at the famous Fudo Falls of Tsukechi Gorge.
Tsukechi Gorge is located at Tsukechi-cho, Nakatsugawa City, Gifu Prefecture. You may contact the Tsukechi Tourism Committee at +81-573-82-4737.
Provided by Japan Walker ™, Walkerplus ™, and Tokai Walker™ (26 July 2019)