There are many Best Japan lists. Japan is a country where much is amazing: the food, the service, the scenery, the festivals, the food… There’s almost too much to do, and see, and add to that Bucket List – though for some reason, many of the same places and recommendations keep coming up. Kyoto’s temples, the floating gates of Miyajima, Niseko – all wonderful and worthy places to see, but are they the most awesome experiences in Japan?
Over ten top blog entries we will add some to add the list:
Aomori in Autumn
Although Aomori is a long slog from almost anywhere, walking through Oirase river gorge in autumn makes the drive worth it. The hike itself is easy, without much up or down, and with bus stops dotted along the way, hikers can decide how much of the 9 km course they are prepared to walk. The scenery however is really what settles this in the long-term memory.
Visitors hoping for the autumn colours, should aim for late October to early November and during the peak viewing season, the roads are blocked off for safer pedestrian passage. The rest of the year, and other seasons, are gorgeous too, so please walk carefully when near the road, because no-one wants to stumble into oncoming traffic while entranced by the scene.
Japan-Guide provides an excellent run down of access options, and how to take buses from nearby towns, Nenokuchi and Yakeyama. Considering how far it is to Aomori, it’s advisable to stay overnight near Lake Towada, itself a beautiful destination, and in order for more chances to go out, walk, admire, and extend one of the 10 most awesome experiences in Japan for another day.