Snowscapes of Japan

Okutsukei Ravine, Kagamino Town, Okayama Prefecture

Okayama Okutsukei

A 3km-long ravine with strange rock formation, cliffs and waterfalls. Widely known for the autumn leaves.

Website: Discover Okayama

Kintaikyo Bridge, Yamaguchi Prefecture

Yamaguchi Kintaikyo

This wooden, 5-arched bridge valued for its architectural beauty and technique. The bridge was built in 1673. It is 193.3 meters long and 5 meters wide, built using traditional architectural method called Kumiki with the support of iron parts. A highly popular destination throughout the year.

Website: Iwakuni City

Chomonkyo Ravine, Yamaguchi Prefecture

Yamaguchi Chomonkyo

After the autumn leaves fall and reveals the sharp lines of the rocks, the ravine turns into a mono-color world just like in an ink painting. Sometimes, snow monkeys huddling among the trees can be seen.

Website: Hagi City

Kinrinko Lake, Yufu City, Oita Prefecture

Oita Kinrinko

Because natural hot spring and fresh water well in this lake, the temperature difference creates
fog (steam) on the lake surface during wintertime.

Website: Visit Oita
Website: Yufuin-Onsen Tourism Association

Mt. Tsurumidake, Oita Prefecture

Oita Tsurumidake

Although Kyushu does get snowfall, unlike Tohoku it is rare to get rime ice. Mt. Tsurumi is one of the few places that gets beautiful rime, and where visitors can access relatively easily by ropeway.

Website: Visit Oita
Website: Kintetsu Beppu Ropeway (in Japanese)

Kirishima Mountain Range, Kagoshima Prefecture

Kagoshima Kirishima Renzan

The Kirishima Mountain Range is consisted of 23 volcanos along the prefectural border of Kagoshima and Miyazaki. In addition to the rime on trees, you can also see rime on rocks.

Website: Kirishima City Sightseeing Information (machine translation only)
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