In the hills east of Shizuoka in central Japan, Yatsuyama offers gentle hiking trails through unspoilt nature, with beautiful views of the surrounding scenery.
Early summer sunrise with burning skies at Lake Biwa, Japan's largest freshwater lake near Hikone, Shiga Prefecture.
One of the Kerama islands in Japan's Okinawa prefecture, Zamami-jima is a place of exquisite natural beauty.
Take in the sights of nature and the view of Kyoto at Daimonji-yama.
The Kongō Range is a mountain range on the borders of Nara and Osaka Prefectures on the island of Honshu. Standing at 1125 metres, Mount Kongo is higher than any point in Osaka.
How to walk from Kyushu to Honshu in 15 minutes via the Kanmon Pedestrian Tunnel.
Catch a blooming field of lilies at the annual Yuri Matsuri Lily Festival on Ie Island in Okinawa
Weeping cherry blossoms bloom along the paths of Iyashi no Sato Nenba in mid to late April.
With the Rio Olympic Games just months away, it is time to warm up with the two Japanese sports featured at the games, being Judo and Keirin. The kanji for keirin stands for Compete Wheel, and these cycling track events are an obsession for the 57 million spectators each year, the champions having super star status. Besides the men’s and women’s grand prix, there are BMX races as well. Like Sumo, the championships move from city to city during the year, with the 67th Prince Takamatsu Memorial Keirin Cup to be held at Haruki, near Kishiwada from June 16 to 19 in 2016. The Kishiwada Velodrome is next to Kispa La Park near Haruki Railway Station, just 20 minutes from either Kansai Airport and Osaka City, with additional express trains running to Haruki during the bigger cycling track days. Regular meets are held here with entry from just 100 yen. Kispa La Park next door also offers some of the best value meals and entertainment in Osaka, making it a fun day out on any budget.
Kyoto Eco Trip offers bike rentals for an affordable price, complete with maps and guides to make the most of your visit. A number of different kinds of bikes are also offered to suit your mode of travel, from electric bikes to standard and family bikes with varying levels of gears.