Mt.Fuji, one of the most beautiful mountains in the world

Just gazing at the gentle slopes of Mt. Fuji — one of the world’s most serene mountains — creates a sense of ease and relaxation. Countless voices have admired its beauty. Read More »

Yugama, at the peak of Kusatsu-Shirane volcano(2,160m) in Gunma Prefecture, is the most acidic lake in the world

Yugama at the peak of the Kusatsu-Shirane volcano (2,160m) in Gunma Prefecture is the most acidic, about pH1, volcanic lake. This lake measures 300m in diameter, 30m in depth and is almost circular in shape. The lake contains stagnant water in the crater, spews hydrogen sulfide and water vapor, and is accumulating sulfur on the bottom. Read More »

Japan blessed in the four seasons

There are four beautiful seasons in Japan. In the world, countries that have four seasons, are only located in an area called the middle latitude zone, approximately 30~40 degrees of the north/ south latitude. Because of the Yangtze-Kiang air mass in the spring and autumn, The Sea of Okhotsk air mass during the rainy season, Ogasawara air mass in the summer and Siberia air mass in the winter Japan has four clearly different seasons. Read More »

The longest tree-lined road in the world: Nikko Highway lined with Japanese cedars

These trees were planted along the highway running through Nikko, Aizunishi and Reiheishi for more than 20 years, beginning in 1625 (the 2nd year of Kan’ei age) by Masatsuna Matsudaira, vassal of Ieyasu Tokugawa’s, and his son. They were contributed to the Nikko Toshogu Shrine on the 33rd anniversary of  Ieyasu’s death in 1648 (the 1st year of  the Keian age). In the Edo era, the cedar trees were under the protection of the magistrate’s office and the residents the highway were obliged to defend the line of cedars cordially. Read More »