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Japan’s pristine nature from mountains to beaches will leave you speechless.

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Miyakojima Okinawa Irabu Bridge

Miyakojima

Island dreamin’ on Okinawa’s fourth-largest island.

Aizuwakamatsu Fukushima

Aizuwakamatsu

Samurai history in beautiful surroundings. Don't forget to indulge in some sake on the way.

Lake Inawashiro mount Bandai swans Fukushima

Aizu

History, wilderness, and great lakes.

Best Off the Beaten Path Side Trips from Kyoto

There’s much more to Kyoto than shrines and temples. 

Kamayahama Beach

Home to Akita’s premier sand sculpture festival.

Lake Chuzenji, Japan at sunrise in autumn

Lake Chuzenji

Beat the Tokyo heat at Lake Chuzenji.

Evening scenery of Lake Inawashiro in Fukushima, Japan

Lake Inawashiro

Lakeside breeze and fresh mountain air.

Best Quiet Day Trips from Nagoya

We can all use some peace and quiet once in a while.

Sado Island in Niigata

Sado Island

A little nihonshu, nature and... De Niro? Plus taiko drums!

Shosenkyo Gorge

Shosenkyo Gorge

Take a scenic walk in Yamanashi and spot some awesome rock formations. Is that one shaped like a cat…?

Shiretoko National Park Mountain Hokkaido

Shiretoko Peninsula

Journey to the “end of the world” in Hokkaido’s far north for camping, trekking, and more.