Top 10 most viewed scenic spots in February you should check

Top 10 most viewed scenic spots in February you should check
What kind of spectacular scenery do you want to see during springtime? Sakura or field of canola flowers, rivers, or sea? Spring is the season that brings life back and you definitely have lots of places you can choose to travel to.
This time we would like to introduce our ranking of the most viewed spots in ZEKKEI Japan during February 2021. Let's start and don't forget to take notes!


Kikuchi Valley / Kumamoto Prefecture

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Kikuchi Valley is a start point of the Kikuchi River and is located in the northwestern part of Mt Aso at an altitude of 500-800 meters in the corner of Aso-Kuju National Park. The water flows create large and small creeks, whitewater, and waterfalls and all around is covered with virgin forests of broad-leaved trees such as "Japanese zelkova" or "southern Japanese hemlock" and "momi fir".
This place will heal your mind with fresh green in springtime, natural cooler during summertime, stunning scenery with surrounded flaming leaves in autumn, and fairytale-like silver frost on the trees in winter. Untouched nature awaits you at every turn in Kikuchi Valley with mystery illumination of the sun, decaying trees, and newly born plants.


Kusasenri / Kumamoto Prefecture

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Kusasenri is a tranquil, grass-covered plateau with a beautiful pond formed by the accumulation of rainwater at the northern foot of Mt.Eboshi. It is one of the most spectacular views of the Aso area with its peaceful nature and gorgeous horses grazing in the meadow.
The "Aso Volcano Museum" that tells the history of Aso Volcano, has a large parking lot and is adjacent to restaurants and souvenir shops. Moreover, there is a must-go viewpoint at the "Kusasenri Observatory" that offers a stunning panorama of the west side of Aso from an altitude of 1,100 meters.


Tsunoshima Bridge / Yamaguchi Prefecture

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Tsunoshima Bridge is free of charge and one of the longest public road (1,780m) that was opened in 2000 and connects Honshu and Tsunoshima island. The appearance of the construction crossing the emerald-green Amagase waters is truly a masterpiece of beauty.
This place has been used for shooting various commercials, dramas, movies and has become the most scenic spot in the North part of Nagato city coastal area. Walking all the way might be difficult as there is no walk side, but you can cross the bridge by bicycle, car or bus. So do not deny yourself the pleasure of enjoying the fresh sea breeze while crossing Tsunoshima Bridge.


Isumi Railway Nanohana Train / Chiba Prefecture

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The local line "Isumi Railway" connects Ohara Station in Isumi City and Kazusa-Nakano Station in Otaki Town, Isumi District, Chiba Prefecture. This place has been loved for many years not only by railroad fans but photographers and tourists as well, for its spectacular view of sakura and canola flowers in bloom during springtime. Municipalities, local people, and companies have cooperated to plant canola flowers along the railway line, and it has become widely known throughout the country as "The Railway of canola flowers".
It is wonderful to enjoy the scenery surrounded by flowers from the train window, but we would also recommend to get off at the station you liked and feel the atmosphere of the Showa era (period of Japanese history from 1926 to 1989) and the rural scenery, or take a walk around the local spots.


Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine / Kyoto Prefecture

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Located in Fukakusa, Fushimi district, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine has its main shrine at the foot of Mt.Inari and is the head office of Inari Shrine, which is said to have about 30,000 companies nationwide. The shrine was founded in the 4th year of the Wado era (711) and it is said the shrine helps with good harvest, a prosperity of business, family safety, and wish fulfillment. Every year thousands of worshipers visit Fushimi Inari Taisha.
Speaking of Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, we have to mention the most famous feature - Thousand Toriis (Senbon Torii), the series of red-painted torii gates. Worshipers contribute Torii as a gift of gratitude to the Gods of Fushimi Inari shrine and at the moment there are more than 10.000 gates in the precincts.


Rurikoin Temple / Kyoto Prefecture

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Located in Kamitakano, Sakyo district, Kyoto, Rurikoin Temple is a building made in Sukiya-zukuri architectural style and famous for its abundant nature and beautiful garden. There are plenty of highlights at the Sanmon (the most important main gate) such as a temple ensemble, visiting path, Shoin (so-called drawing-room, audience hall), Ruri-no-niwa garden, or Garyo-no-niwa garden.
The view from the 2nd floor of the famous Shoin may delight you with its beautiful blue maple shining in the spring and the colorful autumn leaves in the fall. Rurikoin Temple is usually closed to the public, but on special occasions during spring and autumn, the temple is opened for visitors to show its glory.


Narai-juku / Nagano Prefecture

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In the Edo period (1600 - 1868) a famous road called Nakasendo was one of the main routes connecting Kyoto and Edo (current Tokyo). Right in the middle of the road, there is the 34th post town called "Narai-juku" at the highest altitude among the 11 other towns in Kiso valley. The town was prospered as a place to heal people preparing to cross the difficult Torii Pass.
Nowadays, the town as a Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings has remained untouched since its best times. You will definitely enjoy the charm of Narai-juku town with its historic temples and shrines, watering places that quench the thirst of travelers, and the atmosphere of the Edo period.


Nameless Pond (also known as Monet's Pond)

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Nameless Pond (or Monet's Pond) is a popular spot that represents Seki City in Gifu Prefecture. The Pond has highly transparent spring water. The appearance of beautiful water lilies floating on the surface from the end of May to October and Nishikigoi (Japanese Koi Fish) swimming gracefully in the pond is as wonderful as the masterpiece "Water Lilies" by the famous French painter Monet. You can also enjoy the autumn flaming leaves in November and snowy scenery during winter.


Happo Pond / Nagano Prefecture

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The Happo-one area with beautiful ridges extending in all directions from Mt.Karamatsu in the Hakuba mountain range is famous by the Happo Pond. The mysterious scenery of the Hakuba mountain range reflecting on the water surface of melted snow and rainwater is impressive. You can reach the Happo Pond using a gondola and a lift and trekking for about an hour and a half. On a clear day, you will be rewarded with a view of 3 beautiful mountains: Mt.Shirouma, Mt.Shakushidake, and Mt.Yari.


Lake Kawaguchiko / Yamanashi Prefecture

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Located near Mt. Fuji the lake Kawaguchiko belongs to the Sagami River system and has the longest shoreline of the Fuji Five Lakes. It is a popular spot you can enjoy all seasons either cherry blossoms in spring, lavender in early summer, or Kochia and Momiji in autumn.
When the waves of the lake are quiet and clear you can see the famous "Upside-down Fuji" view. The view of Mt.Fuji projected on the surface of the lake is an excellent scenic spot beloved by everyone.

What do you think about ZEKKEI Japan's "10 best spots visited in February"?
Spring is coming! And it is a great chance to find your best healing spot to feel the warmth and enjoy nature.

It is our pleasure to introduce you to all the great places for every area in Japan. You can find any place that suits your mood from the theme category of ZEKKEI Japan!

*Due to the spread of infection of the novel coronavirus, business hours of some places may change. Please check the official website or sightseeing website before your visit.

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