1. Hokkaido Prefecture — The Hills of Biei
While Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido boasts some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes, the town of Biei is well known for its patchwork fields and rolling hills adorned by vivid flower fields as far as the eye can see.
2. Aomori Prefecture — Oirase Mountain Stream
This 14-kilometer (8.7-mile) stretch flowing from Lake Towada boasts numerous rapids and waterfalls among a backdrop of lush moss and untouched forest. It makes for a picturesque hike any time of the year, so you’ll probably want to stop by more than once to appreciate it in different seasons!
3. Iwate Prefecture — Geibi Gorge
こんにちは！今日の猊鼻渓は曇り予想最高気温は12℃です。この後で夕方からは雨予報です。紅葉は見頃を過ぎましたが赤いのが残っていて綺麗です。今の猊鼻渓の様子ですよ〜（＾Ｏ＾） pic.twitter.com/boawosaF2y— 猊鼻渓 (@geibikei1) November 8, 2016
Named after a large rock in the shape of a lion’s nose (in Japanese, geibi), this river gorge is straddled by tall cliffs. Visitors can leisurely enjoy a boat ride while admiring the rugged surroundings.
4. Miyagi Prefecture — Okama Crater, Zao Mountain Range
As if the name “Zao” alone wasn’t cool enough, this emerald-green crater lake was formed after a volcanic eruption in the 1720s, and it’s still technically active today. The surrounding area features popular skiing and hot springs resorts; travelers also come from all over the world to see the eerie juhyo “snow monsters” in the winter.
5. Akita Prefecture — Lake Tazawa
Lake Tazawa is the deepest lake in Japan at 1,388 feet (423 m). Fans of the Korean television drama Iris may also recognize the lake from its panoramic shots with the bronze statue of Tatsuko, a mythological lake goddess, near the shoreline.
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