Japanese Countryside - My Favorite Places In Japan
What's my favorite place in Japan? Well, I guess a visit to the Japanese countryside tops my list.
As a resident of Tokyo, I must say I love this city and the buzz of life that accompanies even everyday tasks. I'm a fan and always will be.
Still... there are times when an escape from the pace of it all becomes a necessity. Not only to recharge my batteries, but also to take care of my soul. At least that's the case for me.
I know that choosing the Japanese countryside as my favorite place in Japan is to select a rather broad term! It encompasses beaches, mountains, sand dunes, and islands to name a few. However, there is no one place that I would single out as being my one and only favorite.
There are many beautiful areas in Japan, and many of which I still have to visit. For me, just the fact of being surrounded by nature is enough to refresh and soothe.
Favorite Places Close To Tokyo - Glimpses In Pictures
If you are in Tokyo and fancy a visit to the Japanese countryside, here are some pictures of the areas I have visited that struck a chord. All of them are not too far away and can be accessed using the Tokyo train travel system. That's how I do it : )
Nikko - 2 or 3 Day Stays Recommended
Last time we went to Nikko it was January and cold. Up near Lake Chuzenji (Chuzenjiko in Japanese) there was still snow and the Kegon waterfall was spectacularly frozen. We also happened to be staying in a lovely little ryokan that had an outside private bath that we could use. Lovely : )
Izu - Also 2 or 3 Day Stays Recommended
If you fancy some time by the sea with some fresh Japanese countryside air, Izu might be the perfect spot for you.
We've walked for miles around here and there are lots of hidden areas off the beaten tracks if you don't want to stay with all the other tourists. Head up the hills and you'll get some great views of the shoreline on a clear day.
Kamakura - A Day Trip From Tokyo
Kamakura can be crowded, especially on national holidays so its not the perfect choice if you want to escape the crowds. There are many temples in this area, however, as well as the famous Daibutsu (big buddah) statue.
The main shopping street is busy but there are lots of funky craft type shops there which are nice to have a nosy round. There's also the volcanic sand beach, not so pretty to look at, but if you love the sea like I do its great to take a stroll.