1. Kagoshima Prefecture
Yoronjima Island, Yurikehama Beach <White beach that can only be seen at low tide>
In Kagoshima Prefecture, there is a beach called Yurikehama on the east coast. The pure white sandy beach only appears from one hour before low tide to one hour after low tide.
If you hold some sand in your hands, you may be able to spot the star shaped grains called “Hoshisuna”. It is said that if you happen to pick up the number of grains that correspond to your age, you will find happiness!
Comment from a customer: “The beach that appears out of nowhere is so amazing!”
Access: 40 minutes by plane from Okinawa Naha; 1 hour 10 mins by plane from Kagoshima; Glassboat operates from June to September, transports from Oganeku Coast to the beach
2. Okinawa Prefecture
Kabira Bay, Ishigaki Island <One of the best view spots!>
Very popular for the beautiful scenery is Kabira Bay. It is located a 40 minute drive from the city of Ishigaki in the northwestern part of the island.
The beautiful nature and magnificent scenery has earned 3 Michelin stars. The sand is pure white and the water so transparent you can see the ocean floor. Take a ride on the boat with a glass bottom and you can enjoy the colorful coral reefs and tropical fish. This is a very popular tour with tourists.
Comment from a customer: “The scenery is so beautiful, like a post card.”
Access: 40 minutes by car from Ishigaki.
6. Nagano Prefecture
Mishakai Pond <It is just like a painting!>
This pond is like a mirror and reflects back the the fresh green trees surrounding it. It has appeared in many commercials so you may have seen it before. If you want to enjoy an even deeper green scenery, try going in the early morning. The silence wraps around you as if time has stopped.
This pond was created in 1933 as a reservoir for agricultural purposes. Because the water is weakly acidic, there are fewer microorganisms and that is how the water remains so clear.
Comment from a customer: “The beautiful pond makes me want to keep on gazing at it.”
Access: About a 30 minute drive from the Suwa IC.
8. Kochi Prefecture
Shimanto River <The last clear stream in Japan>
Shimanto River flows through the western part of Kochi prefecture and it is 196 km long. It is the longest river in Shikoku and it is called the last clear stream in Japan. Meandering over and over again and joined by many different tributaries, this river displays many kinds of expressions.
There are a total of 47 bridges across Shimanto River. The longest bridge downstream is a low water crossing which means it is a bridge designed to be underwater if a flood occurs. This bridge is called Sada low water crossing Bridge. Because there are no railings to keep water out, you can enjoy the lush green scenery of the surrounding mountains.
Photographs by: 高知県提供
Lake Mashu <Actually a puddle rather than a lake? The world’s most transparent caldera lake>
This lake was formed 7000 years ago by volcanic activity. It is a mysterious lake because the water level never changes even though there are no rivers from the lake. The unique deep blue shade gives a mysterious and impressive image to the lake.
After passing a ridge, the lake will suddenly appear out of nowhere. The surrounding area is specially protected so cars and ships are not allowed to pass through. You can thus enjoy a calm and peaceful scenery from the observation deck.
Because there are no rivers flowing into or out of the lake, it is not legally registered as a lake. Technically, it is a puddle.
Comment from a customer: “The deep blue of the lake is really impressive.”
Access: From JR Mashu Station, take the Akan panorama course bus. About 20 minutes.
10. Gunma Prefecture
Fukiwari Waterfall <The Niagara Falls of Asia>