Get out in nature
North of the equator, Japan’s four seasons are distinct, with each offering a standalone reason to visit.
In spring, the cherry blossom season transforms the landscape into a fairytale-like scene, while autumn transforms the national parks with expansive hues of orange and red as far as the eye can see.
In winter, Japan is considered the best ski destination in Asia. The chilly climes and mountainous landscapes make the cool season a drawcard for ski and snowboard lovers alike.
Over the summer, hit up one of Japan’s gorgeous coastlines, including stunning white-sand beaches and marine-rich aquamarine waters to explore by snorkel or scuba around Okinawa, especially Mikayo-jima and Sunset Beach.
Other coastal locations of note include the rock formations of Jōdogahama and for surfers, Shirahama Beach.
Year round, Japan’s predominantly mountainous landscape (over 80 per cent of the landmass) offers ample opportunities to get outdoors to hike, bike, camp, kayak, canyon, fish and more. As 67 per cent of Japan is forested, there are some outstanding regions to explore.
The Sagano bamboo forest of Arashiyama is one of the most breathtaking. Aokigahara Forest wows with its eerie vibes, and of course, hiking the iconic Mt Fuji draws visitors globally.