In the Nature section, we will introduce different types of nature that can be found in Japan during each of the four seasons.
Japan has four distinct seasons, so you’ll see different scenery depending on the time of year you visit any particular place. For example, take a look at the video of Nara Koen Park below.
The Japanese archipelago is about about 3,000 kilometers long from north to south, and it includes a range of climate zones including subtropical, warm temperate, cold temperate, and subarctic, which results in the four seasons. Even within a single season, though, the weather is completely different depending on the area. Take, for example, the winter atmosphere in northern versus southern Japan―one has heavy snow, while marine sports can be enjoyed in the other.
Another characteristic of Japan's nature is the lush vegetation that grows all over the country due to the rainy season brought on by the surrounding warm and cold ocean currents. Additionally, the Japanese islands are located directly on a tectonic plate boundary, resulting in over 100 active volcanoes spread over the country. There are natural disasters at times, but the volcanoes also result in a large number of onsen where people can reap the benefits of the fresh hot spring water.
When thinking of Tokyo, most people probably don't imagine nature; however, much of Japan is blessed with an abundance of it; over 70% of the country is covered in forest, not to mention the mountains, rivers, ocean, and all the creatures that inhabit it.
How to make the most out of your trip depends entirely on the season in which you decide to visit. We hope you’ll be able to enjoy the expressions of nature in each of the four seasons.