7. Climb to the summit of Mount Norikura!
There are many mountains in Japan, and one of them is Mount Norikura, with a formidable height of 3,026 meters (9,927 feet). This is a popular summit amongst mountaineers, and might not be something that people expect to go to during a simple holiday. However, you can actually take a bus up to the Tatami Daira region. All you need to do after that is hike for another 90 minutes to reach the summit of the amazing mountain! Having said that, you will still need a certain level of fitness to reach the top, and please visit Mount Norikura in proper attire.
6. Walk through millions of years at Hida Great Limestone Cave
Limestone caves take millions of years to form, and the sheer experience of walking through one is simply amazing. At the Hida Great Limestone Cave, you can walk through history as the unique limestone formations in the cave will greet you. Some of them look like statues, and others like buildings, and it is almost impossible to believe that all of them were formed naturally! For those traveling with pets, don’t worries, because they are also allowed in the cave.
5. The beautiful lights of Shirakawago
The Shirakawago village is one of the few UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan. This village, characterized by its unique buildings with tall, pointed roofs, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan. Here, not only can you explore the traditions and culture of Takayama, you can also savor in fantastic local food as well as admire the beautiful nature of Japan. In winter, Shirakawago will be lit up at night, creating an extremely dreamy atmosphere. Do book your tickets in advance as it will be very crowded during the winter season!