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10 stunningly beautiful views of Japanese nature

Apart from Mount Fuji and traditional Japanese gardens, few tourists suspect the sheer natural beauty that lies hidden in the remoter parts of Japan, a land of rice paddies, mountains and waterfalls, but also of little islands and rugged coastline. Here is a very brief preview of Japan's natural splendour.


Terraced rice paddies in the Kumano mountains, Wakayama Prefecture (© SeanPavonePhoto - Fotolia.com)
Terraced rice paddies in the Kumano mountains, Wakayama Prefecture

Rocky coastline of Japan (© SeanPavonePhoto - Fotolia.com)
Rocky coastline of Japan

Autumnal leaves in the Oirase Valley, Aomori Prefecture (© tomocam - Fotolia.com)
Autumnal leaves in the Oirase Valley, Aomori Prefecture

Yamadera Temple in the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture (© SeanPavonePhoto - Fotolia.com)
Yamadera Temple in the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture

Hoshitōge Rice Terrace near Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture (© norikazu - Fotolia.com)
Hoshitōge Rice Terrace near Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture

Kegon Falls near Lake Chuzenji, Tochigi Prefecture (© SeanPavonePhoto - Fotolia.com)
Kegon Falls near Lake Chuzenji, Tochigi Prefecture

Wisteria tunnel at the Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture (© supernova5021 - Fotolia.com)
Wisteria tunnel at the Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture

Chinoike Jigoku hot spring in Beppu, Oita Prefecture (© korkorkusung - Fotolia.com)
Chinoike Jigoku hot spring in Beppu, Oita Prefecture

Nagasaki Observation deck, Anijima Island, Ogasawara Archipelago (© nuk_u - Fotolia.com)
Nagasaki Observation deck, Anijima Island, Ogasawara Archipelago (Bonin Islands)

Cape Zanpa Lighthouse in Okinawa (© dreamsky - Fotolia.com)
Cape Zanpa Lighthouse in Okinawa

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