Jan_Manza_Onsen

Jan_Manza_Onsen

Deep into winter, relaxing in the open-air hot spring baths of Manza Onzen feels like paradise on earth

Feb_Shirakawago_winterlightup

Feb_Shirakawago_winterlightup

The Unesco World Heritage site of Shirakawago lights up the hearts of visitors in the cold snow.

Mar_Osaka_SumoTournament

Mar_Osaka_SumoTournament

Official Sumo tournaments take place every odd month of the year.

Apr_Himeji_Castle_Cherry_Blossoms

Apr_Himeji_Castle_Cherry_Blossoms

Sakura at Himeji Castle. Cherry blossoms signify the arrival of spring and the beginning of a new year.

May_Fuji_Shibazakura

May_Fuji_Shibazakura

Gorgeous views await in May as phlox moss bloom at the western foot of Mount Fuji.

Jun_Gifu_Cormorant_Fishing

Jun_Gifu_Cormorant_Fishing

Cormorant fishing is a traditional craft that takes place in June on the Nagara River.

Jul_Matsushima_Sunrise

Jul_Matsushima_Sunrise

Matsushima offers one of Japan's reputed three best views.

Aug_Nagaoka_Fireworks

Aug_Nagaoka_Fireworks

In summer, the fireworks festival at Nagaoka offers a grand spectacle that lasts for two hours.

Sep_GrapePicking_Shinto

Sep_GrapePicking_Shinto

Delicious grapes are ripe for the picking around September and October.

Oct_Hachimantai_Autumn

Oct_Hachimantai_Autumn

North-eastern Japan offers some of the most breath-taking autumn scenery.

Nov_Kyoto_Shugakuin

Nov_Kyoto_Shugakuin

Every autumn, the ancient capital of Kyoto draws troves of tourists to catch brilliant fall colours.

Dec_Nagasaki_HuisTenBosch

Dec_Nagasaki_HuisTenBosch

Night illuminations at the theme park Huis Ten Bosch are lovely and romantic.

Dango_Kamakura

Dango_Kamakura

Dango are popular and delectable snacks.

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