Deep into winter, relaxing in the open-air hot spring baths of Manza Onzen feels like paradise on earth
The Unesco World Heritage site of Shirakawago lights up the hearts of visitors in the cold snow.
Official Sumo tournaments take place every odd month of the year.
Sakura at Himeji Castle. Cherry blossoms signify the arrival of spring and the beginning of a new year.
Gorgeous views await in May as phlox moss bloom at the western foot of Mount Fuji.
Cormorant fishing is a traditional craft that takes place in June on the Nagara River.
Matsushima offers one of Japan's reputed three best views.
In summer, the fireworks festival at Nagaoka offers a grand spectacle that lasts for two hours.
Delicious grapes are ripe for the picking around September and October.
North-eastern Japan offers some of the most breath-taking autumn scenery.
Every autumn, the ancient capital of Kyoto draws troves of tourists to catch brilliant fall colours.
Night illuminations at the theme park Huis Ten Bosch are lovely and romantic.
Dango are popular and delectable snacks.