While current volcanic activity does not permit visitors on the ground, you can get a good view of the Owakudani hot springs on the gondola ride over the springs in Hakone.
There are small little gardens all over Kyoto – in restaurants, hotels and private homes in addition to the famous ones in temples. This one is the Hyatt Regency Kyoto’s.
Kyoto’s famous bamboo forest is best photographed when there are few people around. Early morning will usually find you there with only your fellow photographers.
The Tokaido Road goes through Hakone and the Odawara area. While the best known portion is in Hakone, other parts of the original road can be found with a little sleuthing.
The Japanese love to celebrate the flower of the season; and June is for hydrangeas. These little clouds of color come in a wide range of hues, from pin and magenta to lavender, periwinkle and sky blue.
Tea plantations line some of the Tohoku Line Shinkansen route. The rows of plants, when photographed from the bullet train, blur into a beautiful velvet green.
More beautiful rice fields as seen out the window of Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train.
One of the views of Kyoto’s famed Bamboo Forest in the Arashiyama district. Be sure to be there before 7am to avoid all the tourists; this place has recently become jammed with thousands of tourists all day long.
Sometimes simple every day things are a still life in the making. These empty boats were sitting on the still waters of the Oi river in Arashiyama one early morning, just waiting for tourists to come for a ride.
Wonderful view of rice fields, small towns and distant hills outside Nagoya, as seen from the window of the Shinkansen train as it flies by at over 150 mph.
We love taking pictures of the new rice fields in early summer as the fresh shoots are just popping up through their still bath.
More moments of quite reflection in the bamboo forest.
You can take a public or private cruise on the Sumida river. This unusual view of Tokyo was taken while heading toward Asakusa on a private cruise.
This crane has secured his dinner by grabbing a fish from the rapidly moving river and is now coming ashore to enjoy.
At the top of the bamboo forest, you’ll find a beautiful wooden sign with information (oh, in Japanese!) about the area.
On the Oi River in Arashiyama, some fishers are out early.
The quiet path along at the top of the bamboo forest entrance is bereft of tourists and the silence is broken only by a local resident “biking” their dog.
Rice fields throughout Japan are at their brightest green in early June. Taking a photo out the train window blurs the planting rows into a velvety smooth green.
The verdant green of Japan in early summer beckons out the plane window coming into Narita. One of our favorite experiences during a trip to Japan.
The riverbanks are a lush, vibrant green during the summers in Arashiyama in Kyoto.