Outdoor Japan

Fall is the best time to enjoy outdoor activities in Japan. The colours are gorgeous and the air is cool and crisp. Stroll amidst the thousands of soft red Kochia balls in Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki. Mt. Yahiko in Tsubamesanjo, Niigata changes dramatically from verdant green to fiery orange and red, and The Maple Valley of Yahiko Park is illuminated at night for an impressive display of colour against the night sky. There are endless options to enjoy spectacular parks and pristine wilderness in Hokkaido, from the more urban Nakajima Park in all its resplendent colour, to the Jozankei hot spring area in its magnificent serenity. Cycling the Shimanami Kaido from Honshu to Shikoku is an invigorating adventure over the ocean with scenic stopovers in the bucolic towns, ancient temples, and aromatic orchards and groves that dot the chain of six quaint islands. Whitewater Rafting is the most exhilarating way to experience Japanese nature, from the scream-inducing rush down the river in the Iya Valley, Tokushima and in Minakami, Gunma, to the refreshing, thrilling, stand-up log rafting journey in Kitayama, Wakayama. Experiencing Japanese nature in autumn is a once in a lifetime rejuvenation.