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Experience the rich nature, traditional culture and contemporary art of uncharted Japan
There is much more to Japan aside from the so-called golden route of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka: with an abundance of untouched nature as well as remote places to encounter traditional culture and modern art, Japan is full of destinations that could enrich your life.
Yakushima Island (Kagoshima Prefecture)
Yakushima Island is the setting for the Studio Ghibli masterpiece Princess Mononoke. If you prefer a hike, get your boots on for a trekking trail which can take around 10 hours and will lead you to Jōmon Sugi, the oldest and most famous Yakushima Island cedar tree. Enjoy great discoveries and encounters while forest bathing in a vast natural setting.
Shiretoko, Akan-Mashu National Park (Hokkaido)
Shiretoko National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site full of wildlife in an untouched natural setting. The topography of Akan-Mashu National Park has been formed by the volcano located in the south of the park, and here you can enjoy a wide variety of activities such as trekking and canoeing. This is one of Hokkaido's quintessential destinations for the great outdoors.
Iriomote Island (Okinawa Prefecture)
As the second-largest island in Okinawa, Iriomotejima is home to scarce wildlife such as the Iriomote cat, and 90% of the island is covered with subtropical primeval forest, including jungle and mangrove rivers. You can also enjoy a range of nature activities here.
Ontake-Kodo (Nagano Prefecture)
This is a sacred mountain held in high regard by believers, and is the perfect destination for spiritual refreshment as you trek through the trees, with their constantly changing colors, and listen to the babbling of clear streams.
Gotō Islands (Nagasaki Prefecture)
The Gotō archipelago, which retains traces of Japan's underground Christianity, is a relatively undiscovered resort for healing, surrounded by beautiful mountains and seas. At the permanent Nordisk Glamping Tent Site, you can take a break to experience the relaxed flow of island time.
Pilgrimage to 88 temples of Shikoku (Shikoku)
Test your endurance with a pilgrimage to 88 sacred sites. Meet the locals and expand your personal boundaries in a 750-mile pilgrimage, which is half spiritual rite, half physical feat.
Koyasan (Wakayama Prefecture)
Less than two hours from Osaka, live life as a monk in Koyasan. Nestled in a forested mountain basin, this sprawling, sacred Buddhist temple complex has been an important hub of Shingon Buddhism for over 12 centuries.
Enryakuji temple (Shiga Prefecture)
Take a “forest bath” in the birthplace of Japanese Buddhism. Find peace and solitude among Japan’s lush natural landscapes at Enryakuji Temple and the surrounding forests of Mount Hiei.
Oku-Noto Triennale (Ishikawa Prefecture)
This art festival revitalizes a forgotten Japan left behind by urbanization. The triennale is a chance to discover the breathtaking beauty and forgotten places around Suzu City through artworks, installations, galleries, and performances.
The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial (Niigata Prefecture)
As one of the largest art festivals in the world, the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial supports rural communities through modern art. Experience modern art set within rice fields and abandoned buildings across the Echigo-Tsumari region at this innovative festival.
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