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Mt. Misen is the highest place on Miyajima Island and on a clear day provides breathtaking views of the Seto Inland Sea. Breathtaking because of the deep blue undertones of the sea in contrast to the vibrant greenery of the mountains but also from the heavy breathing experienced once you are at the top.
Apple-picking at Miyata Apple Farm in Fujiyama Village, Kawaba.
Experience early autumn from the top of Mount Kiso-koma-ga-take
Okinawa is a kaleidoscope of colours, from the aquamarine seas to the vivid reds and indigos of its Bingata textiles. It is also home to some of the world’s oldest and healthiest people, with 34 centenarians per 100,000 people. Previously part of the Ryukyu Empire, Okinawa was and remains a cultural melting pot, a centre of trade between various ports in Asia. These islands had their identity shaped by centuries of contact, influencing everything from food to music. If you have 6 days to spare, drop in to this blue water paradise and make new friends in the most relaxed and warmest part of Japan.
Located in Kanagawa prefecture, Mt Jinba is a lesser known hiking spot. An easy climb to its 857 meter peak, it offers a nice day getaway from busy Tokyo. The mountain is not crowded unlike neighboring Mt Takao, and offers uninterrupted panoramic views at its peak. On a clear day, the famous Mt Fuji can be seen.
Discover the sulfurous ponds and steam vents of Jigokudani, or Hell Valley, in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido.