Spectacular Views You Can Experience Only on a Rainy Days! 10 Spots to Visit During the Rainy Season

Spectacular Views You Can Experience Only on a Rainy Days! 10 Spots to Visit During the Rainy Season

[1] It's Rainy Season!

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It is May and that means that the Tsuyu Season (Rainy Season) is very close.
You will not be surprised that sometimes people feel a bit depressed during these endless rainy days. You can just sit all day at home at that's it, weekends have ended!

Don't let bad weather make your holidays miserable. In fact, there are many attractions on rainy days that create better scenery than on sunny days! You may find various places that you haven't noticed before but this time they will perform their best roles.

Here are 10 spectacular spots that you can enjoy to the full only on rainy days! Let's check them out!

[2] 10 best superb views to enjoy during the rainy season

|1.Shirakami Sanchi / Aomori Prefecture

Shirakami Sanchi on Rainy days

Shirakami Sanchi's "Sanchi" is a general Japanese term for a vast mountainous area. Shirakami Sanchi stretches from Aomori Prefecture to Akita Prefecture and has the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site registered in December 1993 for the first time in Japan along with Yakushima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture.
Primeval beech forests of Bunamizunara and Sawagurumi that are almost unaffected by humans have a valuable ecosystem, with a wide variety of animals and plants inhabiting and growing naturally.

Shirakami Sanchi on Rainy days 2
There are some walking and climbing routes that are popular in Shirakami Mountains, and the Juniko route (lit. twelve ponds) is the most popular one. Here you can see the highly transparent "Aoike Pond" (aka Blue Pond), the mysterious "Chicken Pond" surrounded by broad-leaved virgin forest, and colorful wild birds. The walking path is well done, so it is easy to walk even on rainy days.


|2.Higashi Chaya District / Ishikawa Prefecture

Higashi Chaya District on rainy days

Higashi Chaya District is famous for its teahouse-style buildings. It is one of the representative teahouse districts of Kanazawa culture. There are lots of shops selling such famous sweets as gold leaf soft cream and Japanese traditional Wagashi sweets. Here you can find prestigious restaurants and the best select shops dealing with traditional crafts. This is definitely a great deal to experience Kanazawa on rainy days.

Higashi Chaya District on rainy days 2
Of course, it is worth a walk on a sunny days too, but the stone pavement wet with rain, and the wooden latticed doors reflected on the puddles, make the atmosphere even more magnificent. One of the characteristics of Chaya District is that the distance between buildings is narrow, so you can easily look around the shops you like while taking shelter from the rain.
There is one lovely project in Kanazawa called "Oki-Kasa Project" that offers you free umbrella spots placed around tourist information centers and shops. You can take and return them anywhere which is a great service for quite a rainy region as Ishikawa Prefecture is.


|3.Beauty Forest / Niigata Prefecture

Beauty Forest on Rainy days

In the beech forest that spreads out in the hills in Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture are said to be 100 years old trees. Those trees are called "Bijin Bayashi" (Beaty Forest). Once this place was cut down and turned into wildlands, but the trees grew again and a wonderful beech forest was revived.
On a rainy day, the Beauty Forest with wet trunks and leaves looks even greener than usual, and during the foggy weather, the atmosphere becomes really mysterious.

Beauty Forest on Rainy days 2
An environment where you can enjoy nature no matter what season it is, with young leaves sprout in the spring and remaining snow, with lush greenery in the summer, yellow and orange-colored leaves in the fall, and the silver world in the winter. Therefore, it is a popular place for relaxing.


|4.Sanzen-in Temple / Kyoto Prefecture

Sanzen-in Temple on Rainy days

The Tendai religious group temple "Sanzen-in" in Ohara, Sakyo District, Kyoto, was opened by Saicho during the Enryaku era (782-806) right after Hieizan Enryakuji Temple was built.
The temple grounds have moved several times in the course of the times, and after the Meiji Restoration, they moved to the present location and started a history of more than 1000 years as "Sanzen-in Temple".

  • Sanzen-in Temple on Rainy days 2
  • Sanzen-in Temple on Rainy days 3
The moss and blue maple under the rain are so beautiful, that will heal you in a moment. In the mossy garden, you can see the quiet face of Jizo statues everywhere, and in the Ojogokuraku-in Temple garden, you can find a "Warabe Jizo" that looks like a child.
The outer garden is spacious and very attractive for a leisurely stroll.


|5.Tokyo Station / Tokyo

Tokyo Station on Rainy days

Tokyo Station is the face of the capital, Tokyo. It is an important point for East Japan Railway Company, Tokai Passenger Railway Company, and Tokyo Subway. Tokyo Station is used by many people as a terminal station for JR East's conventional lines and Shinkansen lines, JR Tokaido Shinkansen, and Subway Marunouchi Line.
The restored Tokyo Station Marunouchi station building is not a state-of-the-art skyscraper that is obvious for Tokyo scenery, but a faithful reproduction of the first construction's appearance. The brick building creates a gap with the surrounding buildings, making an impressive landscape.

Tokyo Station on Rainy days 2
Tokyo Station reflected like a mirror on a rainy road brings the atmosphere of "Uyuni salt lake" in Bolivia or makes you feel like you are in Amsterdam. This superb view has become a hot topic on SNS in Japan, here you can enjoy Tokyo from a different prospect.


|6.Meigetsuin Temple / Kanagawa Prefecture

Meigetsuin Temple on Rainy days

Meigetsuin Temple is located in Yamanouchi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, and is also known as the "hydrangea temple". The blooming season is usually from late May to late July. This place sometimes called "Meigetsuin Blue".
The scenery of the stone steps covered with hydrangea on the left and right is wonderful and looks marvelous with the moist air during the rainy season.

Meigetsuin Temple on Rainy days 2
An ancient Japanese variety called "Princess Hydrangea" (Hime Ajisai) characterized by a pale blue color is planted all around. Approximately 2,500 hydrangeas are a representative spot in Kamakura. Not to mention the hydrangea, the entire precincts are designated as national historic sites with lots of attractions.


|7.Moss Forest / Nagano Prefecture

Moss Forest On Rainy days

The area around Shirakoma, a mysterious lake in Northern Yatsugatake Volcanic Group in Nagano Prefecture, is a treasure trove of moss called "Kokenomori". Lake Shirakoma is about a 15-minute walk from the parking lot along National Highway 299. The area here is rich with virgin forests of "Tsuga diversifolia", Spruce, and Veitch's silver-fir.
From mid-June to the end of July, the moss grows densely, and you can enjoy the fairy tale scenery until the beginning of November every year.

Moss Forest On Rainy days 2
Even if the moss looks the same at first glance, try to look closely with a magnifying glass, and you will see the individuality of each type, as the branching and leaf shape differs depending on the type.
Even children and the elderly can easily take a walk here to see alpine plants and pure nature without climbing the steep alpine.

* Because of the snow, National Highway 299 will be temporarily closed from mid-November to mid-April the following year. You can enter the Moss Forest starting around the end of May every year, but at the high altitude of the Northern Yatsugatake, snow may remain until the beginning of June.


|8.Mimo Shrine / Aichi Prefecture

Mimo Shrine on Rainy days

Mimo Shrine in Ichinomiya City, Aichi Prefecture, is an old shrine founded in the 2nd year of the Kantoku era and has been revered as a guardian deity of the textile and dyeing industries that have flourished since ancient times.
It is also known as a famous place for hydrangea, and when the rainy season begins, about 70 species and about 8,000 hydrangea flowers are in full bloom. Floating hydrangea in the Chozuya - the ceremonial place where worshippers wash their hands, mouth before approaching the shrine has become a hot topic in SNS.

	Mimo Shrine on Rainy days 2
The scenery of bright white and purple hydrangeas blows away the sad mood of the rainy season.
Unfortunately, the 2021 Bisai Hydrangea Festival has been canceled, but you can freely look around the garden, so don't hesitate to come here, only be careful to control the coronavirus spread.

▼ Click here for details on the Bisai Hydrangea Festival.
Aichi Prefecture Official Tourist Guide "Aichi Now"


|9.Takachiho Gorge / Miyazaki Prefecture

Takachiho Gorge on Rainy days

The Takachiho Gorge over the Gokase River is a place that has become a beautiful cliff after the pyroclastic flow erupted due to the volcanic activity of Mt. Aso. It has been designated as a national scenic natural monument as the Gokasegawa Gorge and is one of Japan's leading scenic spots.
The unique beauty of the valley created by columnar joints, including the symbolic Manai Big Falls is a spectacular view.

Takachiho Gorge on Rainy days 2
You can explore the canyon by rental boat, and come closer to see the Manai Big Falls. Raincoats and ponchos are also available at the boat stop.
If the water level is high, boat rides will be suspended even on a sunny day, but the waterfall area has a promenade along the canyon, so you can enjoy the scenery while taking a leisurely stroll.


|10.Shiratani Unsui Gorge / Kagoshima Prefecture

Shiratani Unsui Gorge on Rainy days

A World Heritage Site "Shiratani Unsui Gorge" is a popular tourist attraction that competes to be the best spot in Yakushima island. A vast natural recreation forest with an area of 424 hectares spreads out for you to show its gorgeous trees such as Distylium racemosum, Machilus thunbergii, and Quercus salicina. They represent the laurel forest zone of Yakushima, and such large trees as Sugi (Cryptomeria) and Tsuga (southern Japanese hemlock) represent the Yakusugi forest zone.
On the rainy days, the moss-covered forest of Shiratani Unsui Gorge gives off a jewel-like beauty with these little raindrops on the moss, and every moment of the day the scenery atmosphere slightly changes showing different faces.

Shiratani Unsui Gorge on Rainy days 2
There are several trekking courses in Shiratani Unsui Gorge. We recommend you to go with a guide who can make the best course for you according to your physical strength and time. Usually, it is a half-day course up to "Koke Musu Mori" (Moss Covered Forest), which is said to be the inspiration for the forest that appears in the Ghibli film Princess Mononoke.
For those who are confident in their physical strength and have enough time, we recommended you to try the innermost "Taikoiwa Course" (Drum rock course). The one-day course will be hard, but those who want to enjoy this place to the full and to see that famous spectacular view from the top of Drum rock will be awarded!




[3] In conclusion

This time, we have introduced 10 spots all over the country that you can enjoy even on rainy days!
From time to time it is good to change the scenery and breathe some fresh air. The best thing about these spots is that the scenery varies from season to season and even from moment to moment you visit here. Take your time and experience those various scenes.

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

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