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Off The Beaten Path: Dream Destinations In Rural Japan

Nature’s work of art!

Copyright. Garden At The Adachi Museum of ArtWhen hitting up popular tourist destinations in Japan, it’s possible you may have a good time. But bumping into other tourists every five seconds may take you out of the experience of being abroad. Or if you’re headed back to Japan for a repeat trip, it could be you’ve seen all the usual tourist spaces. Regardless of the reason, some individuals just desire to see areas of Japan that are free of tourism and experience Japanese culture in a natural and largely undisturbed manner.

Have you considered visiting rural areas of Japan? If not, then you may be missing out on seeing some of the most unforgettable locations that this island nation has to offer.

Here are a few locations that you want consider if you’re headed to Japan in the future:

Mt. Daisen And The Kitanizawa Mountain Stream

Daisen mountain

The area around the Daisen mountain is absolutely picturesque. Imagine a plush green mountain view high above the Earth (Daisen stands at about 5,607 feet). There are rolling fields of flowers, too that you’ll be tempted to run through not far away from the mountain.

The forests of Daisen mountain, located in the Tottori Prefecture, conceal another rural treasure: The Kitanizawa mountain stream. Among the trees and sparkling clear water is a vision that seems like something out of a fairy tale.

This area of Japan is criminally unexplored by visitors to the country. Some fret that woods usually mean needing a mosquito control product but you shouldn’t let bugs scare you away from this breathtaking rural region. If you take the opportunity to visit, it’s highly unlikely you’ll regret it.

Garden At The Adachi Museum of Art

Adachi Museum of Art

The Adachi Museum of Art is located in Yasugi, Japan in the Shimane Prefecture. It is home to what many consider to be the most lovely garden in all of Japan. It may perhaps be one of the most beautiful gardens in the entire world.

The garden’s charm is that it is subtle perfection. The branches and shapes of the well-manicured trees, the round curve that separates the grass from the sand and the circular bushes and shrubs are in every way deliberate and expertly maintained.

They are not overshadowed by the presence of flowers, which some may mistakenly believe must be plentiful less the visitor be deprived of a range of color. There are pops of colors provided by thoughtfully placed flowers.

The garden is meant to be appreciated as a whole, as itself a living work of art.

Mihonoseki, Japan


In addition to the famous Adachi Museum, Japan’s Shimane Prefecture is home to the lovely little fishing town of Mihonoseki.

This is an ideal destination if you don’t just want to take in the landscape and sights. The people of Mihonoseki are described as easygoing and friendly. There’s also an opportunity to chow down on delicious seafood!

This city is the poster child of “off the beaten path,” boasting carefully preserved houses that were built during the 19th century. There are local traditions that are carefully preserved as well, such as the Morotabune Shinji shrine festival held on December 3rd each year.

These locations are but a few rural treasures just waiting to be uncovered. The best advice is the ask locals and frequent travelers to Japan what some of the best sites are for persons looking to avoid the typical tourist traps.

Often, tourists flock to locations out of habit. We’re told that these are the biggest and best sites. The truth is that away from the big cities and bright lights are places waiting to be seen and never forgotten.

Author Profile:

Kayla Matthews is a Diverse Japan blogger, anime nerd and Japanese cultural enthusiast. You can check out her productivity blog at ProductivityTheory.com and follow her on Google+ and Twitter @KaylaEMatthews to get updates on her latest posts!

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  1. April 9, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Would love to visit the garden as it looks so picturesque and perfect as if drawn….just imagining the care it must take to keep everything so immaculate. And I so agree that nature itself can provide some of the most memorable vacation experiences if one just knows where to visit. Wonderful article!


    • April 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Yes, Japan offers some beautiful landscapes, artistically formed and lovingly cared for. Credit to regular contributor Kayla Matthews for this particular article.


  2. May 11, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Japan is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, as it has so many tourist spots that cannot be seen anywhere else. Japanese people happen to also be highly friendly and welcoming to all races that they may come to meet. If you are one of many people that wants to experience a new culture as well as see such beautiful attractions, then you may want to consider a visit Japan. Before going to Japan, it is important that you plan out all of the places you will visit so that you won’t waste any time. By knowing exactly where to visit when in Japan, you will be able to make the most out of your vacation to this wonderful country.


  3. September 27, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Great article dear! And I am glad you have decided to share this amazing blog with everyone. Actually, I have never thought about Japan tour before, but after reading your amazing and helpful blog article now, I am going to make my trip.

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 29, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      Thank you and best of luck with your trip! Enjoy!


  1. May 6, 2014 at 10:43 am

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