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The Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama
A tale of sunlight and shadows
The Japanese have a long history with bamboo in their folklore, metaphorically linking a mans' strength with this plant, Various festivals include the use of bamboo in various forms. We can see that from bamboo ice cream cups, buildings and fences. However it is not often we get the chance to see bamboo forests in their natural state that grow thick and line the path like they do here.

Climbing Mount Kinpu
Colorful flowers, big rocks and sensational views
Mount Kinpu: With its lush forests, rocky paths, even bigger boulders and spectacular views, this is a great place to experience nature at its best.

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Okutama's Mukashi-Michi
A wonderful walk through time
Experience the best of Japanese history and many other great sights along this 10 kilometer stretch of mountainous road

Jakko-in Temple in Kyoto
Red leaves and nature walk
Beautiful red leaves and nature walk at Jakko-in Temple in Ohara, Kyoto Prefecture, in mid November.

Amanohashidate's Temple - Nariaiji
Scenic Views from Kansai's Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage
Since the Heian period in the Twelfth century, simply dressed pilgrims, living on nature’s goodness, made their way here on foot to Nariaiji,  the 28th temple on the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage in Amanohashidate.

Nara's Mitarai Canyon
Baptism by autumnal fire
Nara's Mitarai Canyon autumn leaves in Japan

Rediscover Hakone
A great outdoors adventure for the whole family
Rediscover Hakone - Hakone Information Center – Information  available for attractions, transportation, restaurants and other things related to the area.

Hiking the Yagyu Kaido
A samurai trail in Kasuga Mountain's Primeval Forest
Hiking the Yagyu Kaido a Samurai Road in a Primeval Forest

Climbing Mt Takao
An oasis in a concrete forest
Mt Takao (高尾山) offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and boasts a cable car, a chair lift and various hiking trails. 

Kyororo Forest School, Matsunoyama
Kids have lots of fun learning about the local nature
Kyororo Forest School, Matsunoyama - Natural Science Museum, Craft Workshop, work of art and fun day out for the kids. Built next to Bijin Bayashi beech forest in Matsunoyama, Niigata.

Kozushima: Haven of the Gods
Island Retreat South of Tokyo
Kozushima is an outdoor lovers paradise, budget friendly, and a perfect weekend getaway from the bustling busy streets of Tokyo.

Kawakami-mura's Fudokutsu Cave
Undergound waterfalls and easy caving in Nara
The Fudokutsu Cave in Nara’s Kawakami-mura was used by practitioners of Shugendo, Buddhist mountain asceticism, as a cleansing of the mind and body.