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Blue Pond makes you feel like captivated (Hokkaido)

The stunning pond, affectionately known as Blue Pond, located in Shirogane, Hokkaido, reflects the surrounding silver birches on its mysterious, blue surface. It gained attention when Apple featured it as a wallpaper. Blue Pond was actually man-made, thought to be the result of an accident. The reflection of fine, white particles in the spring water create a whimsical atmosphere.

Address: Shirogane, Biei-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido

Getting There: Approximately 25 minutes from JR Biei Station by bus.

Open for visitors from sunrise until sunset. The pond will be lit with illuminations from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. from November 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

Red carpet of Kochia at Hitachi Seaside Park (Ibaraki Prefecture)

Over 30,000 Kochia plants in Miharashi no Oka within Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki Prefecture, are sure to please visitors. Lush green Kochia plants spread densely like a green carpet from spring to summer. During the autumn foliage season, between late September and early October, the leaves turn bright red, offering a majestic view.

Address: 605-4 Onuma-aza, Mawatari, Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki Prefecture

Getting There: Approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes from JR Shinagawa Station to Katsuta Station by express train. Take a bus from the east exit of JR Katsuta Station. After an approximately 20-minute journey, get off at Kaihinkoen Nishiguchi, or Minamiguchi bus stop.

Foliage at Mishakaike Pond (Nagano Prefecture)

Mishakaike Pond contains strongly acidic water in which microorganisms have difficulty living, boasting an exceptionally high degree of clarity. During the foliage season, visit the pond between noon and dusk. The scenery of the dense yellow leaves of the woods aglow with the setting sun is simply breathtaking. It is popular among locals as a location to take great pictures, and a parking area was completed in 2017. The surrounding area of the pond is off-limits, which restricts visitors to take pictures from the road. Be sure to bring your telephoto lens!

Address: 4734 Okutateshina, Toyohira, Chino City, Nagano Prefecture

Getting There: Get off at Chino Station on the JR Chuo Main Line. It takes 40 minutes by bus.

Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival (Hiroshima Prefecture)

Miyajima is a beautiful island renowned for its floating torii in the sea, which conveys many different views in accordance with the tide. Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival is a large annual event held at the end of August. Visitors can enjoy approximately 5,000 fireworks on the sea beyond Itsukushima Shrine, a historic site. The romantic scenery is characteristic of Japan.

Address: 400 meters off shore from Itsukushima Shrine’s Otorii (Fireworks are launched from a ship on the water.)

Getting There: 10 minutes by ferry from JR Miyajimaguchi Station or Hiroden Miyajimaguchi Station on the Hiroshima Electric Railway. 25 minutes by high speed ship (Operated from Hiroshima Port to Miyajima Port)

Yurigahama Beach on Yoron Island, emerald green sea and heavenly white sandy beach! (Kagoshima Prefecture)

Yurigahama Beach can be found on Yoron Island, located approximately 23 kilometers north of the main island of Okinawa. On fine days between April and October, visitors can admire snow white sand on the beach, only at low tide during the spring tide. The beauty of the sea around Yoron Island is particularly renowned among Japanese people. Take pictures of the beautiful beach worth boasting about to your friends. As the local legend goes, collecting the same amount of star sand particles as your age brings happiness, so be sure to take some home carefully!

Address: Approximately 1.5 kilometers off shore from the coast of Okaneku Beach, Yoron-cho, Oshima-gun, Kagoshima Prefecture

Getting There: Yoron Island is accessible by glass-bottom boat or water motorcycle, which depart from Okaneku Beach in summer, between June and September. The return journey costs approximately 2,000 yen per adult.

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