9 of The Best Views in Japan

Trying to find the best view in Japan has been challenging since there is so much criteria we have to consider. City views or nature views, Night time or day time views, stuff like that. But, after careful consideration, we have narrowed down the countless views in Japan, down to only the nations best. Feel free to comment below which of these you’ve been to, or where you’re planning on going!

Ginzan Onsen - Yamaguchi Prefecture

Ginzan Onsen Village is among the best views in Japan

Ginzan Onsen is a calming hot spring or ‘onsen’ town located in the mountains of Obanazawa, Yamagata Prefecture.  Due to the mountainous and geothermal nature of the Yamagata prefecture, hot springs and onsens are quite common, but Ginzan Onsen without a doubt the most popular onsen destination in the prefecture. Ginzan Onsen literally translates to Silver Mountain Hot Spring, taken from the fact that silver was often mined several hundred years ago in the nearby mountains when the town was founded back in the 1400’s.

However, silver is no longer the leading cause of travelers to this picturesque mountain town. Ginzan Onsen is now more famously known for the many hot spring ryokans which line the river which passes through the downtown sector of the town. Many of these ryokans have traditional or historic baths which date back several centuries.

Among the ryokans, you can also find a couple of public bath houses which you can go into to warmup and relax for a small price, typically between 200-2000JPY depending on the bathhouse. Some ryokans do offer the option to visit their bath house even if you aren’t staying at their ryokan, but these will usually be closer to the 2000JPY price point for about an hour of use. 

Maruyama Senmaida - Mie Prefecture

Without a doubt, the historic Maruyama Senmaida rice terraces are one of Mie prefectures most scenic spots. Located in the mountains of West Kumano City, you can find Maruyama Senmaida, which has over 1300 terraced rice paddies. 

Maruyama Senmaida is believed to be as old as 400 years. Obviously, back then, they didn’t have much technology to help them construct the rice terraces. Therefore, all 1300+ paddies were meticulously crafted by hand.  

The construction was a laborious effort, as the terraces are made out of stone and mud, which was an enormous task. Originally, there were well over 2,000 paddies, but erosion and time wore them down, and it became increasingly difficult to maintain. Maruyama Senmaida is one of the few terraced rice paddies remaining in Japan, due to the method of rice farming becoming obsolete, due to advancements in technology. However Maruyama Senmaida still maintains a this style of rice terraces, and they certainly are beautiful, especially when the locals host an illumination festival.

Kamikochi - Nagano Prefecture

Kamikoichi in Nagano Prefecture

Kamikochi is a small mountainous region of the Japanese Hida Alps, located in Nagano Prefecture on the outskirts of the city of Matsumoto.

Kamikochi and the Japanese Hida Alps create an outdoor experience like none other, with some of the nations most beautiful hiking trails located in and around the Kamikochi region. Numerous campgrounds, onsen hotels and other accommodation are scattered along the pristine mountain-fed Azusa river. 

While the destination is only open during the warmer seasons (usually Mid-April to Mid-November).  Among the many hiking trails, you can also find the Takezawa Marshlands, Taisho Lake, and the Kamikochi Imperial Hotel, all of which are among the regions most popular things to see and visit.

The Japanese Macaque monkeys are commonly found around this area, so make sure you keep all bags and belongings close to you, don’t leave any food out, and avoid eye contact with them at all costs.

Mt. Inasayama - Nagasaki Prefecture

Mt. Inasayama, located near the city center of Nagasaki – Nagasaki Prefecture, is a scenic mountain viewing area, offering one of the top three best night views in Japan. Mt. Inasayama is a popular date location as the views from the mountain top are simply mesmerizing, and creates a wholly romantic atmosphere on dates. From the 333m summit, you can see far and wide and it’s not hard to see why this viewing area is listed as one of the top views of Japan.

Mt. Inasayama

At the top of the mountain, you have the observation deck, various pathways offering different views, and a fancy restaurant looking out towards the city. It’s certainly worth checking out if your in the city of Nagasaki.

From the variety of ways to scale the mountain side to the observation areas, by far the Nagasaki Ropeway is the easiest and most relaxing way of reaching the summit. You can also walk up the mountain if you wanted to, which will take about an hour or just under depending on fitness levels. While the park is open around the clock, the Nagasaki Ropeway stops service at 10:00pm, and the restaurant closes at that time as well. You are more than welcome to use the outdoor observation deck after hours, but you will need to careful when heading down the mountain.

Tokyo Skytree - Tokyo Prefectures

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree is among one of the most notable tourist attractions in Tokyo. The landmark has a total height of 634m, making it the tallest structure in Japan, and the tallest tower in the world at the time of completion. There are currently 2 towers in construction that once completed will take over this #1 position, but for the time being, the Tokyo Skytree still holds the record. The Tokyo Skytree serves as a broadcasting tower, observation deck, and a restaurant. The Tokyo Skytree is among one of the greatest viewing platforms in Tokyo, providing 360° views as far as the eye can see.

The Tokyo Skytree has two observation decks,  the first observation area stands at 350m tall. This deck is known as the Tembo Deck, and it serves as the main landing area for people visiting the skytree. There are four floors to this section, which vary from shops, to observation area. On the fourth bottom floor, there are glass floors which look down upon the city, and those who dare to walk across will surely feel a bit of an adrenaline rush. Tickets for the top deck can only be purchased on the Tembo Deck.

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Senkoji Park - Hiroshima Prefecture

Senkoji Park, located in East Hiroshima Prefecture in a small city called ‘Onomichi’, is home to probably one of the best views in all of Japan – seriously, the camera can’t do it justice.

Senkoji Park itself really does not offer too much in terms of activities. That being said, There is a fantastic view which can be attained by walking up to the observation deck at the peak of the hill the park is located on.

View of Onomichi from Senkoji Park

Around the park, you also have Senkoji Temple, which is among the more popular of stops on the way up to the observation platform. Senkoji Temple offers stunning views of the harbor despite it being lower down the mountain than the observation area. The temple was first constructed in the 9th century and was an important stopping point in pilgrimage routes.

Lake Ashi - Kanagawa Prefecture

Lake Ashinoko (Also referred to as Lake Hakone, Lake Ashi), is a popular summer destination located in the Hakone region of Kanagawa Prefecture, famous for its views of Mt. Fuji and scenic cruises. Believed to have been created some 3000 years ago following the eruption of Mt. Hakone, the lake now stands in the place of the volcanic caldera and is now an icon of the city of Hakone and the Kanagawa Prefecture. Because of the geothermal activity in the area, hot springs are just one of the many things to do in the Lake Ashinoko area

While Mt. Fuji is rarely seen due to thick clouds, when the mountain decides to show up, it shows up marvelously, stunning all of those lucky enough to catch it out of the veil of clouds it normally hides in. Boat tours operate out of both ends of Lake Ashinoko. The Izuhakone Sightseeing Boat, or the Hakone Sightseeing cruise are the 2 services that operate on the lake. Hakone Sightseeing cruises is the more popular of the two as the cruise is operated out of a ‘pirate’ ship, and as such adds a bit of excitement and uniqueness to the cruise. The Hakone Sightseeing Cruise also is the cheaper cruise, as one way is 1000JPY, or return for 1840JPY.