What kind of place do you think of when you hear "the original scenery of Japan"? For some Japanese, that would be a place that brings nostalgic feelings, the place they spent time in childhood. All these sweet memories are soothing. For some reason, even if it is your first time visiting the place, you might feel something warm like a homeland. This time, we would like to introduce you to 8 places with the original scenery of Japan that mysteriously touches your heart! We have collected some spots where you can enjoy the unique scenery of Japan, such as rural landscape, historic buildings, and old townscapes that still remain all over the country. Let's start! Contents 1. Shirakawa-go / Gifu Prefecture 2. Hoshitoge no Tanada / Niigata Prefecture 3. Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village / Toyama Prefecture 4. Oshino Hakkai / Yamanashi Prefecture 5. Shiroyone Senmaida / Ishikawa Prefecture 6. Funaya at Ine Bay / Kyoto Prefecture 7. Tomonoura / Hiroshima Prefecture 8. Taketomi Island / Okinawa Prefecture 1. Shirakawa-go / Gifu Prefecture A world heritage village where the original old Japanese scenery is still remains "Shirakawa-go" was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, and there are about 100 large and small gassho-zukuri styled (type of architecture with pitched roofs) buildings in the village. All these buildings bring that old-fashioned countryside atmosphere. Here you can find valuable buildings such as the nationally designated important cultural property "Wada House" that gives a glimpse of life in the Edo period and the historically famous "Shirakawa Hachiman" shrine that was built during the Wado era. The "Ogimachi Castle Observation Deck" is a great place you can observe all the village. Shirakawa-go is inhabited and you can still enjoy this historical heritage of Japan. The village is also known as a heavy snowfall area, and wintertime is one of the famous seasons to visit this spot, but the summer landscape is also very beautiful, and it has a mysterious charm that makes you feel as if you were lost in the world of old tales. Learn more about "Shirakawa-go" 2. Hoshitoge no Tanada (Rice Terrace) / Niigata Prefecture Famous rural scenery, with fields of rice in Niigata Prefecture Many terraced rice fields and rural landscapes are scattered in Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture. Among them, "Hoshitoge Rice Terraces" are representative fields of Tokamachi City. You will be fascinated by this scenery. Many photographers from all over the country come to capture the spectacular scenery of Hoshitoge rice terraces when the water in the rice fields shines like a mirror and the sea of clouds covers the rice terraces. All you need for this scenery is a big temperature difference from the previous night and high humidity with no wind. Usually, this kind of weather continuous from late June till September. Don't miss the opportunity to catch such a sight! The terraced rice fields, which shine golden at sunrise and are covered with clouds, are very fantastic view that you should see at least once. * Since the rice terraces in Tokamachi City are not meant to be visited by tourists, please observe manners and respect the work of the locals. Learn more about "Hoshitoge no Tanada" 3. Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village / Toyama Prefecture Gokayama Ainokura Gassho-zukuri village that is drawn into the nostalgic original scenery The Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village in Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture, was registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1995 and retains the historical scenery of the Gokayama area, including gassho-zukuri style houses and thatched-roof temples. The thatched-roof house called "Gassho-zukuri" is a valuable inhabitant house that can only be seen in this neighborhood in Japan. Enjoy the best panoramic view of Ainokura village and surrounded nature at the observation area. Warm and calm time flows in a small village where old-fashioned life remains. Learn more about "Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village" 4. Oshino Hakkai / Yamanashi Prefecture A small village "Oshino Hakkai" with a beautiful waterscape against the backdrop of Mt. Fuji Oshino Hakkai is a group of eight natural springs located in Oshino Village, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture. The entire village of Oshino was once a huge lake called Lake Utsuko, but after eruption of Mt. Fuji, the lava flowed out and divided Lake Utsuko into Lake Yamanaka and Lake Oshino. Oshino Lake has undergone many eruption activities of Mt. Fuji, and gradually reached the site between the foot of Mt. Fuji and the Misaka Mountains. There are several water ponds left, and one of the representative spring ponds is "Oshino Hakkai". It was designated as a national natural monument in 1934 with its unique shape, water quality, water quantity, conservation status, landscape, Buddhist beliefs, etc., and was selected as one of the 100 best springs in Japan by the Environment Agency in 1985. In 1994, it was included in the best 100 scenic spots. Learn more about "Oshino Hakkai" 5. Shiroyone Senmaida / Ishikawa Prefecture The scenery of rice terraces representing the world agricultural heritage "Noto Satoyama-Satoumi" Shiroyone Senmaida is located in Shiroyone Town, Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture in front of the Sea of Japan. The scenery of these small rice fields spreads out to the coast. Shiroyone Senmaida was designated as one of Japan's 100 best rice terraces and nationally designated as cultural property scenic spot. In 2011 it was designated as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Site. This place attracts attention as a representative terraced rice field of "Noto Satoyama-Satoumi". Farmers start to flood rice terraces with water from the end of April every year, and rice planting begins in early May. It is an old-fashioned farming method that was inherited since ancient times. In summer, the contrast between the fresh green of rice and the Sea of Japan is wonderful, and you can enjoy the spectacular view of rice fields dyed by the setting sun. In autumn, when golden rice ears shine on the rice terraces, a large-scale illumination event is held from October to March. Learn more about "Shiroyone Senmaida" 6. Funaya at Ine Bay / Kyoto Prefecture The beauty of the "Ine no Funaya" scenery has nurtured a unique lifestyle Buildings called "Funaya" are lined up along the coast of Ine Bay, the first floor is equipped with an area for a workplace and a workshop, and the second floor is lined with traditional buildings unique to this area. Since Funaya is mainly used as a workplace for fishermen, there are not many families who live in these houses in general, and they often have a main house across the street as a base for their lives. The village of Ine has been selected as an important traditional buildings preservation district and is widely known both in Japan and overseas as it has become a location for movies and dramas, and is visited by many tourists every year. The beauty of the landscape born from the wisdom of the locals has become a memorable original landscape of Japan. You can fully enjoy Ine Town traveling around Ine Bay on a boat, tasting local sake at the local bars that have been in their business for over 200 years, or spending time at a fashionable cafe that has been renovated from an old folk house. Learn more about "Funaya at Ine Bay" 7. Tomonoura / Hiroshima Prefecture A historical port town that became the setting for movies and anime Located along the coast, about 14km south from the center of Fukuyama City in Hiroshima Prefecture, Tomonoura port is a small town that has prospered as a sailing port since ancient times, as it was written in the Man'yoshu (the oldest extant collection of Japanese poetry). It is also one of the most scenic spots in the Seto Inland Sea, which was designated as a national park for the first time in Japan. The townscape retains scenery, the port facilities from the Edo period, and the old storehouses. The stone nightlight, which can be said to be the symbol of Tomonoura, was built in 1859 and was a lighthouse that guides ships, watching over the safety when they enter and leave the port. Today, it is a popular spot loved not only by residents but also by many tourists. In recent years, it is said Tomonoura was a reference place for Studio Ghibli's work "Ponyo", and it has been attracting attention as a location for movies and a stage for enka (traditional Japanese music genre). Learn more about "Tomonoura" 8. Taketomi Island / Okinawa Prefecture The charm of Taketomi Island that conveys the original scenery of Okinawa to the present located in the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa Prefecture, Taketomi Island is also known as an island that continues to preserve ancient traditions and has a charm of the original Okinawan scenery. Once you step in, the relaxing air and time that is typical for Okinawa will flow into your life too, and you will be healed as long as you are here. In this little paradise, you can see the beautiful white sand at "Kondoi Beach ", the famous star sand at "Kaiji Beach ", the West Pier with a spectacular view of the setting sun over the sea, and the village of Taketomi Island. There are many valuable spots where nature, history, and culture remain, such as the birthplace of the classic song "Asadoya Yunta" played by the Okinawan Sanshin music instrument. The main attractions are to ride a buffalo cart around the village, take a walk or cycle around the island, and enjoy the feeling of being an islander. Learn more about "Taketomi Island" What do you think? The original scenery of Japan has many charming views that will heal your heart with a warm nostalgia. When you are tired or want to change your mood, why not take a break from your busy days and be treated by the spectacular scenery unique to Japan? *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.