Top 10 Readers’ Photos In Japan: Febuary 2020

The tail end of winter's frostbitten chill.

February is the month of Setsubun, Valentines’s Day, and plum blossoms in Japan. With warmer weather than usual this year, February was filled with hints of spring earlier than ever before.

All seemed well until COVID 19 (coronavirus) hit and panicked shoppers swiped all the masks and toilet paper off shelves across the country. Near the tail end of February, many popular tourist spots decided to close until mid-March just as a precaution. Despite that, it was nice to see so many readers still traveling and capturing the tail end of winter.

Every month, we select our favorite travel images from readers. Tag your photo on Instagram with #GaijinPotTravel for a chance to be featured on our site!

10. Bamboo always makes such a fine backdrop. The Echizen Bamboo Doll Village in Fukui looks fabulous!

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What’s your favorite toy when you were a kid? . . For me, I loved playing with PAPER DOLLS. They are cheap and easy to store, so we were able to play it. We can’t afford to buy toys like Barbie, so playing with Paper Dolls was a great alternative! . . This shot was taken from Fukui Prefectures’ ECHIZEN TAKE NINGYO NO SATO (Echizen Bamboo Doll Village). This place has a stunning bamboo garden and dolls MADE FROM BAMBOO. . Swipe to see the dolls. . These dolls are made from PURE BAMBOO. It’s amazing how they were able to create that hair 😯 . . . . . . . #japan #igdaily #ig_japan #gaijinpottravel #thewanderingtourist #wearetravelgirls #instagood #girlsborntotravel #jetsetter #ladiesgoneglobal #shewhowanders #thediscoverer #dametraveler #postcardplaces #travelinspiration #follow #traveltime #girlsdreamtravel #travellove #lovetotravel #sidewalkerdaily #lovetheworld #sheisnotlost #stayandwander #sheexplores #takemethere #youmustsee #exploreeverything #visualwanderlust #likeforlike

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9. A deer friend in the early hours of the day in Yamanashi.

8. A mesmerizing volcano in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido. The snow and steam give it such as dreamy haze.

7. A beautiful shot of Mt. Fuji and a traditional village brushed with snow.

6. An elegant crane dance in Hokkaido.

5. The snowy streets of Aomori.

4. The Iya Valley vine bridge in Tokushima. Tarzan anyone?

3. A chilly shot of Shirakawa-go.

2. Wow! What an extraordinary combination of snow and sunset in Hokkaido.

1. An adorable hello from our monkey friend in Nagano.

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Spring is officially here and you know what that means—it’s time for our annual Cherry Blossom Contest!

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