nature

Shiratani Unsuikyo: The breathtaking anime setting where Princess Mononoke was born

Ancient cedar trees that inspired Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli team are just one reason why this forest in Yakushima is so magical.

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Turning a crazy cheap country Japanese house into a home — Step 6: Outdoor bathing【SoraHouse】

Every countryside home needs a riverside rotenburo, but will it be the tub of dreams?

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Free literal forest bathing in Hokkaido is a hot spring experience you’ll never forget【Photos】

This beautiful location in Daisetsuzan National Park is an onsen must-visit.

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New digital art exhibition in Nagoya promises “a paradise of bugs” in a colorful forest

A beautiful world of insects awaits in Japan’s fourth largest city this summer!

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Rent an entire folk house in Japan, surrounded by nature just outside Tokyo

Traditional features with modern luxuries, including an outdoor sauna and rotenburo bath, provide you with a truly unforgettable stay.

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Japan’s five easiest-to-get-lost-on mountain trails are like alpine brain teasers【Photos】

Data analysis highlights where hikers are most likely to get a little too far off the beaten path.

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Japan’s new micro-houses want to be your home away from home on weekends, but we’d stay all week

Having a house built for the price of a car? We could make that lifestyle work.

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Journey through Ainu myth in the old-meets-new forest night walk Kamuy Lumina experience

This nighttime cultural experience in Hokkaido combines nature, storytelling, and digital art to immerse visitors in the stories of the Ainu.

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Real-world forest that inspired Hayao Miyazaki to create Totoro will become a nature preserve

2.6-billion yen project will protect some 7,000 trees.

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This unstaffed Japanese train station is like a Ghibli anime come to life

Little-known gem has one of the most beautiful views in Japan.

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Elevate your summer with local beer while immersed in nature at these unique resort beer gardens

In the ocean, in a rice field, on a farm…these beer gardens take outdoor bars to a whole new level!

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Don’t let the rain get you down! Here are Japan’s top 10 most beautiful rainy day travel spots

Beautiful landscapes, charming towns, peaceful gardens…you’ll find it all on this list!

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We retreat for a day of rejuvenation at Green Hill Yatsugatake recreation facility in Yamanashi

The rec facility is open to anyone for reservations and boasts grounds that are 7.5 times the size of Tokyo Dome.

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Photo of snowy Japanese temple wows people around the world

Silent serenity speaks volumes with its overwhelming beauty.

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The leaves aren’t the only things changing in this beautiful series of photos from Nagano

Family photos show the cycle of the seasons and a new beginning.

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Photo captures “miracle moment” a sandwich is stolen on Japan’s Miyajima island

It’s not just the deer you have to watch out for at Miyajima — there’s something else looking over your shoulder while you eat your lunch. 

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Come camp with us on Mt. Jinbagata, the best view you can get without breaking a sweat【SoraCamp】

You bring the marshmallows, we’ll bring the pics.

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Japanese company caught out for over-processing autumn leaves photo at popular tourist site

Japan’s fall foliage is beautiful at this time of year, but it definitely doesn’t look like this.

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A visit to Japan’s mysterious Nose Hair Pond

No body shaming at this site of natural beauty.

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“Should I date this person?” Go hiking and you’ll have the answer, Japanese Twitter user says

A walk in the mountains will reveal more of who a person is than a meal in a restaurant.

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