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.
The snow truly is over the roofs of cars on the road – this picture was taken on a February day while driving through a regular snowfall.
Only in Japan can you find a small boat being rowed peacefully on Himeji’s large moat.
The train from Nagoya to Takayama is scenic and charming as it climbs it’s way through the Gifu Valley to the Japanese Alps. The green car on this train is worth the extra fee for the great view to the front and the one-seat side on the left (much easier to take pictures if you’re not climbing over other travelers!).
Spring is rice planting season. And fields come out everywhere. When you travel through Japan by train you will see small little rice fields next to houses in many areas, even quite near cities.
This narrow bridge spans the river by Shirakawago and is crossed from the public parking lot to the small UNESCO World Heritage site village. In spring, the melting snows from the nearby Japanese Alps create fast moving waters below the span.
The entrance way to Kenrokuen Garden is a lush and vibrant green in early spring.
Boats quietly being rowed on the Hozu River during a light summer rain in Arashiyama are quintessentially Kyoto.
The Togetsukyō Bridge in Arashiyama has been famous for centuries and the subject of numerous ukiyo-e woodblock prints. The beautiful Hozu River is in western Kyoto.
A fellow traveler sits in reflection at the beautiful rock and moss garden at Zuiho-in, a sub-temple of Daitoku-ji Monastery complex.