Lake Akan is a crater lake in Akan National Park in Kushiro, Hokkaido, and is also registered wetland under the Ramsar Convention, where visitors can enjoy the beauty of natural landscapes. The lake is famous for the marimo, a rare growth form of algae, which grows into green balls with a soft, velvety appearance, 2–15 cm in diameter.
Kushiro Marshland is a huge marsh with an overall area of 183 square kilometers and it was the first Japanese registered marshland under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1980. In the marshland, there are about 600 kinds of plants and flowers, 30 kinds of mammals, 9 kinds of amphibians and reptiles, about 170 kinds of birds, 38 kinds of fish and over 1,130 different kinds of insects.
Lake Mashu is the 2nd clearest lake in the world after the Russia's Lake Baikal, and one of the three Japan’s largest caldera lakes in the Akan National Park.There are three observation decks around the lake, where you can enjoy views onto the Mount Mashudake.
Lake Kussharo is a caldera lake in Akan National Park, located about 10 km west of Lake Mashu. It is the sixth largest lake in Japan, and also the largest lake in Japan that freezes over completely in winter.
Lake Kussharo has been formed over 100,000 years ago as a result of a volcanic eruption. The sulphurous gases that are emitted can be seen from side of the lake.
The easternmost tip of Hokkaido, Shiretoko Peninsula juts out into the Sea of Okhotsk is an area which still has plenty of untouched nature. Shiretoko is most famous for the drift ice that forms on the Amur travels southwards and approaches the Shiretoko Peninsula slowly in late January. Shiretoko was designated and registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Natural Site) in 2005. From taking onsen( hot springs), hiking in the summer to shoeing and drift ice walk in the winter, Shiretoko offers fun adventures depending on the season.
Towada-Hachimantai National Park is located in the northern Tohoku Region, extending across the three prefectures, Aomori, Akita and Iwate.The national park is made up with two separate areas. One is the northern area around Lake Towada and the other is the southern area near Hachimantai. The park can be enjoyed throughout the year: climbing and hiking in the fresh green forests from spring to summer and skiing in winter. The park boasts one of the Japan’s best spots for autumn foliage from end of September to middle of October as well as lakes, hot springs and streams.
Zao Quasi-National Park is a Quasi-National Park that extends in the Ou Mountains situated between Miyagi and Yamagata Prefectures.
Symbol of the park is the Crater Lake with a circumference of 1,000m and a depth of 27m. The colors of the water surface changes depending on the intensity of sunlight. Visitors can enjoy hiking through alpine trees in summer and have fun with snow such as skiing and meeting famous snow monsters, threes glazed with snow and ice in winter.
Nikko National Park is a national park in the Kanto region, which spreads over four prefectures: Tochigi, Gunma, Fukushima, and Niigata.
Since Nikko is located approximately 2 hours drive from Tokyo, a trip to Nikko is an ideal place for a day or overnight trip . The beautiful landscapes, such as plateaus, waterfalls, lakes, forests, and rivers around this area are in harmony with sacred shrines and stunning temples. It is particularly picturesque in autumn when the leaves change its color, as well as cherry blossoms season in early spring.
Oze national park, Japan's largest highland marsh is located in the border of the four prefectures of Gunma, Niigata, Tochigi, and Fukushima, and is only a few hours from Tokyo. It is famous as an area rich in rare and precious plants and animals attracting visitors all over the world for its great trekking routes and beautiful landscapes. Oze provides habitats for a wide variety of wildlife, including large mammals, birds and insects, and are home to around 300 species of grasses and plants. Marsh plants such as skunk cabbages and daylilies bloom only a for a short period of time from late spring to autumn.
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is located in central Honshu consists of 4 regions, world famous Mount Fuji, the "Fuji Five Lakes", the Hakone Geopark, the Izu Peninsula, and the Izu Islands extending into Pacific Ocean. It is the most visited national park in Japan, and it is one of the best destinations to admire its natural beauty and enjoy onsen hot springs.
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Chubu Sangaku National Park
Chubu Sangaku National Park is one of the Japan’s most famous and oldest mountainous park encompasses the Northern Alps( also called Hida Mountain Range) rising 3,000 meters from sea level from north to south. It includes the Ushiro-Tateyama Mountain Range with Mt. Shirouma as the highest peak, the Tateyama Mountain Range with Mt. Tsurugi and Mt. Tateyama, the Hotaka Mountain Range with Mt. Yarigatake, and Mt. Norikura located at south end of the park.
Chubu Sangaku National Park offers scenic alpine landscapes year-round, and visitors can enjoy many activities such as hiking, climbing in summer and relaxing in onsen( hot springs), skiing and snowboarding in winter.
Amanohashidate is a pine covered sandbar in Miyazu Bay which divides the bay into two halves. It forms part of the Tango-Amanohashidate Oeyama Quasi National Park. It is also known as one of the Japan’s Three Scenic Views. Viewing from the mountains at either end of the bay, the sandbar looks like a pathway between heaven and earth, that's how its name in Japanese "bridge in heaven" originated. Several other attractions can be explored in the area, like temples, shrine and a small amusement park.
Shirahama Beach located in the southwestern part of Wakayama Prefecture is one of the best beaches in the Kansai regions. Shirahama means” White Beach” in Japanese, and it attracts tourists not only for a 500 meter long white sand, but also clear water. This region facing the Pacific Ocean is also famous for onsen hot spings, and you can enjoy various types of marine sports such as scuba diving, jet skiing, surfing and boat tours.
The Yoshino-Kumano National Park consists of the central mountainous area and the southern coastline of the Kii Peninsula, which spans Wakayama, Mie and Nara Prefecture, established in 1936. The park includes Mt. Yoshino, famous cherry blossom viewing spot and Kumano-sanzan, 3 grand shrines, which were both listed as a World Heritage site. There are over 30,000 cherry trees of 200 different types on the mountain, and they can be admired in early spring.
Setonaikai National Park is the largest national park in Japan extending over 11 prefectures from Osaka to North Kyushu. It comprises vast areas of Japan’s inland sea and over 3000 small islands. The astonishing scenery can be enjoyed at an observation platform, Mt. Washu at Kurashiki which is one of the signature sights of the Park offering you a sweeping view of the beautiful islands and the Great Seto Bridge that connects Honshu with Shikoku.
Aso Kuju National Park is located in the center of Kyushu, and consists of the active volcanoes of Mount Aso and the Kuju mountain range, stretching across Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures. Mount Aso is one of the largest calderas in the world formed by an eruption that occurred some 90,000 years ago. The park boats an spectacular views of the mountains, onsen hot springs and grassy fields, and offers some activities such as hiking, camping, horse back riding and even helicopter tours.