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[1] Hoshitouge Rice Terrace / Niigata

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The ”water mirror’,’ which you can see before spring, is a wonderful sight. The Matsudai area is well-known as one of the venues of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, which is held once every 3 years.

[2] Icicles of Misotsuchi / Saitama

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Icicles appear on the surface of a mountain that faces the Arakawa river.
During the “Otaki Ice Festival,” icicles will light up and show us a whimsical landscape.

[3] Hida Great Limestone Cave / Gifu

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This cave was discovered in 1965. People can go in under 800 yards but there is another undiscovered area at 1,000 yards. It is said that 250 million years ago this was the bottom of the sea.

[4] Firefly Squid Spawn / Toyama

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When firefly squid move close to coast, this phenomenon happens.
You can see this during the spawning season from March to May.
It normally happens at night when the sea is quiet without moonlight.

[5] Shirakawa-gō / Gifu

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In 1995, Shirakawa-go was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The area is lit up at night every weekend in July, every year.

[6] Blue Pond / Hokkaido

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The blue pond is a common name of this artificial pond which is in Hokkaido.
This pond’s photograph was selected as part of OS X Mountain Lion’s wallpaper package by Apple Inc.

[7] The Philosophy Tree / Hokkaido

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A poplar tree. People thought about how its stance looks so philosophical, and before long, people started calling it ”The Philosophy Tree”.

[8] Kawachi Fuji Garden/ Fukuoka

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You can enter this garden only in the spring and autumn seasons.
There is a wisteria trellis which is 80 yards and a wisteria tunnel that is 220 yards. The wisteria dome, wisteria trellis and mega wisteria trellis make up a total of 7314 yards squared.
Around the garden, there are about 700 maple trees and 18 of those are 70-80 years old.

[9] Mifuneyama rakuen / Saga

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This Japanese circuit style garden is in Saga, Kyushu, and was built in 1845.
You can enjoy 200,000 azalea, 5,000 cherry blossom trees, and 170 year old Japanese wisteria.

[10] ADACHI MUSEUM OF ART / Shimane

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This is part of a garden which is produced by the Adachi Museum of Art. The Adachi Museum of Art is popular because of its beautiful Japanese style garden and collection of Taikan Yokoyama’s art work.

[11] The Pond of God’s Child / Hokkaido

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The water is almost completely transparent, so you can see the trees lying at the bottom of the water. It depends on the weather, but you can see the water color shining a beautiful emerald.

[12] Takeda Castle / Hyogo

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Takeda castle was destroyed 400 years ago but the stone wall still exists in its original style.
Among Japan’s castles, Takeda castle is regarded as one of the finest.

[13] Takachiho-Kyo / Miyazaki

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This valley’s highest spot is 100 yards, its average height is is 80 yards and from east to west it is about 7500 yards.
There’s a rental boat so you can see the Manai waterfall from the boat which gives you the experience of almost feeling a 17 yard drop with full impact.

[14] Suspension Bridges of the Sumatakyo / Shizuoka

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The suspension bridges of the Sumatakyo run 90 yards and their height is 8 yards.
It is located at the Ooma Dam Lake.
10 people can walk on the bridge at once. And, when many travelers gather at the bridge because of a holiday season, the bridge becomes one‐way traffic.

[15] Ogasawara Islands / Tokyo

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The Ogasawara Islands are a Tokyo Special Ward.
One way you can reach this islands is through a ship tour which takes 25 hours and 30 minutes from Tokyo. The ship only goes to the islands once in a week, but still the nature is wonderful and it’s totally enough reason for you to go there.

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