1. Hoshitouge Rice Terrace/Niigata
45 minutes by train from Echigo-Yuzawa Station to Hoku-Hoku Line Matsudai Station, and 20 minutes by taxi from there.
2. Icicles of Misotsuchi/Saitama
The spring water on the rock surface gets frozen by the cold air as it flows down and turns into gigantic icicles over the course of time. You can only see the icicles from early January through mid-February, the coldest time of the year. The best time would be the first week of February, as their beauty attracts many people from neighboring prefectures to this small town in the valley at this time of year.
3. Hida Great Limestone Cave/Gifu
The Hida Great Limestone Cave is a fantastic cavern that opens up 800 meters below a beautiful waterfall. In all of Japan, this is the only place where one can see delicate finger-like helictite cave formations. Nearby, one can also see the Ohashi Museum’s regular display of about 1000 world-renowned works of art, handicrafts, and ornamentations.
4. Firefly Squid Spawn/Toyama
The bay is known for the mirages on the horizon during the winter months and for being a spawning ground for the firefly squid
Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, they are famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.
6. Blue Pond/Hokkaido
The Blue Pond (青い池, Aoiike) outside the hot spring town of Shirogane Onsen is named after is deep blue color which it owes to natural minerals dissolved in the water.
7. The Philosophy Tree/Hokkaido
This tree, leaning far to one side in the middle of a field, resembles someone tilting their head to one side to think about something, which may be how it came to be called the Philosophy Tree.
8. Kawachi Fuji Garden/Fukuoka
It’s practically impossible to walk through the pastel-colored passageway of wisteria flowers at the Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu without imagining an elegant fairy princess and her one-horned white steed prancing alongside you.
9. Mifuneyama Rakuen/Saga
Mifune-yama Rakuen is a park which sprawls out on the western foot of Mt. Karafune, in Takeo city, Saga. The park hosts a variety of events such as tea parties and photography sessions.
10. Adachi Museum of Art/Shimane
The Adachi Museum of Art (足立美術館 Adachi Bijutsukan) opened inYasugi, Shimane Prefecture, Japan in 1970. It houses a collection of modern Japanese art, including paintings by Taikan Yokoyama, and has a celebrated garden.
11. The Pond of God’s Child/Hokkaido
The Kaminoko pond is located near the Ura Mashu observation platform and the downtown area. The mysterious sparkling cobalt blue waters of this pond comes from the drift ice that covers Lake Mashu during winter. The shining red dolly varden trout that swim in this lake give it the color and appearance of an Impressionist painting.
12. Takeda Castle/Hyogo
It is regarded as one of Japan’s Top 100 Castles, and often referred to locally as the “Machu Picchu of Japan”.
Waterfalls cascading from precipitous cliffs. A village of myths, known for Yokagura, traditional sacred music, and dancing.
14. Suspension Bridges of the Sumatakyo/Shizuoka
This bridge is located a 20 minute walk from Sumatakyo hot spring town. The suspension bridge is 8m tall and 90m long and is very thrilling to cross (promenade course).
15. Ogasawara Islands/Tokyo
The Ogasawara Islands (小笠原諸島, Ogasawara Shotō), also known in English as the Bonin Islands, are a chain of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, about 1000 kilometers south and administratively part of Tokyo.
16. Kouri Bridge/Okinawa
Kouri bridge is the longest toll free bridge with a span of 1,960 meters in Japan featuring the spectacular ocean views which will dazzle your eyes as you cross the bridge. You’ll only need 10 to 15 minutes to drive around the whole island.
17. Nanatsugama Godan Falls/Yamanashi
It is very unique waterfalls. The name literary means, waterfalls of 7 pots and 5 floors. So, it has five continued waterfalls which look like giant stairs. The height of the falls is, from the top, 3m, 4m, 2m, 9m and 20m.
18. Naruto Whirling Waves/Tokushima
The current is maximized at the time of the spring tides in spring and autumn, and the scene of whirling waves flowing and crossing each other with a tremendous roaring sound is quite spectacular. The whirlpools, which occur at times of both high and low tides, are said to be best viewed approximately 90 minutes before and after each tide.
19. Nabegataki Falls/Kumamoto
Nabegataki Falls is about 20 meters in width and about 10 meters in height. You can walk to the back of the cascade and capture the view of ”Uramino-taki” (literally means ”the view from the back of the falls”). The light-up show will be held during the Golden Week (a long stretch of consecutive holidays in early May in Japan).
20. Okoshiki Beach/Kumamoto
This mudflat is most clearly seen during the spring tide when the tidal range is the greatest. The beautiful regular pattern of the mudflat stretching offshore is a sight to behold. However, to create this scenery you definitely need a beautiful sunset in the background.
21. Bitchu Matsuyama Castle/Okayama
Along with being one of only twelve remaining original castles in the country, Bitchū Matsuyama Castle is notable as the castle with the highest elevation above sea level in Japan.
22. Shimoda Station/Ehime
23. Kurobe Gorge Railway/Toyama
The main attraction of the gorge is the Kurobe Gorge Railway, a sightseeing train originally built to aid the construction of the Kurobe Dam. Today the small trains operate along a winding, 20 kilometer stretch between Unazuki and Keyakidaira Stations. The exciting 80 minute journey leads across more than 20 bridges and through over 40 tunnels, and offers visitors panoramic views of the gorge below. The trains stop at a few stations along the way where visitor can get off and explore.
24. Lycoris in Kinchakuda/Saitama
The Kinchakuda area is the biggest place where lycoris are grown. You can see this beautiful sight in every year from September to October.
25. Shunan Complex/Yamaguchi
26. Oya Stone Mining/Tochigi
There are many event and concerts held inside of the mining.
27. Akiyoshido Cave/Yamaguchi
The largest limestone karst plateau in Japan, located within a quasi-national park. The most spacious limestone cavern in the entire Orient
28. Night View from Inasa-yama/Nagasaki
The Nagasaki Ropeway allows visitors to travel to the top from Nagasaki. A short walk from the cable car station are several buildings that house transmitters for TV and radio stations that serve Nagasaki and the surrounding area.
29. Unkai Terrace/Hokkaido
Located near the summit of Mount Tomamu in Hokkaido, Japan is a place that only dreams are made of: a terrace that lets people stand above a sea of rolling clouds.
30. Yoshigaura Onsen Lamp no Yado/Ishikawa
Yoshigawara onsen is located on the tip of Noto Peninsular. It is not really a town, not even a village, since there is only a single isolated ryokan called Lamp no Yado. The name comes from the fact that the ryokan used not to have electricity, and all lightening was made by oil lamps. Nowadays, you can still find those lights in the dining room, providing a warm light during the dinner, but the ryokan has all modern comfort.