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Come on, Visit the 10 Most Beautiful Villages and Small Towns in Japan!

Come on, Visit the 10 Most Beautiful, A non-profit organization in Japan called “ The Most Beautiful Villages in Japan ” made a list of the most beautiful villages and small towns in Japan. 

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Their goal in establishing this organization is to help these villages become more self-reliant and also to safeguard the resources they have so that they can be passed on to the next generation.

This organization was founded in 2005, starting from seven villages and also seven small towns, which continued to grow. The following are some of the villages and small towns

in Japan that are listed as the most beautiful villages and small towns according to the organization The Most Beautiful Villages in Japan that you can visit for a different holiday atmosphere.

For those of you who are planning a vacation to Japan, let’s take a look at the 10 most beautiful villages in Japan that you really must visit below!

1. Tsurui

  • Address : 1-1 Tsuruinishi, Tsurui-mura, Akan-gun, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Phone : 0154-64-2111
  • Website : https://www.vill.tsurui.lg.jp/

Tsurui is a small village located in the east of Hokkaido. But this small village is visited every year to see the rare animal, namely the red-crowned crane. The breeding ground for this rare animal is located not far from Tsurui Village. This red-crowned crane will come to Tsurui Village when winter has arrived.

Besides being famous for its cranes, Tsurui is also the village that has the best nature sounds in Japan, indicating the village’s low noise pollution. In addition, Tsurui Village is also a village that produces high quality cow’s milk, it is because of their tradition of letting their cows graze in the wild.

2. Shirakawa-go

  • Address : 501-5692 Hatogaya-517 Shirakawa Village Ohno-District Gifu Pref. Japan
  • Phone : 05 05769-6-1311 769-6-1311
  • Website : http://ml.shirakawa-go.org/en/

Shirakawa-go is a village that was inscribed on a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. The village is famous for the architecture of their traditional farmhouse called Gassho-zukuri . 

This farmhouse is estimated to be around 250 years old.

The structure of the Gassho-zukuri building   on the top is built to resemble the hands of a monk praying. The structure of this building is still maintained today with the aim of holding back the heavy snow during winter. Ogimachi Village located in Shirakawa-go is where you can see the beauty of this village with its unique structure.

3. Chizu

  • Address : 2072-1 Chizu, Chizu-cho, Yazu-gun, Tottori Prefecture 689-1402, Japan
  • Phone : 0858-75-4112
  • Opening Hours : 08.30 – 17.15
  • Website : https://www1.town.chizu.tottori.jp/chizu/kikaku/english/

Chizu is a small town located in Tottori Prefecture, an area made up of mountains and forests. A place for you to feel the beauty of nature with amazing changes in every season. 

The villages of Chizu are surrounded by purposely planted cedar trees and forests famous for their therapeutic use. Nature in Chizu, especially the forest is used for therapy and also forest bathing or in Japanese terms Shinrin yoku . 

Forest therapy activities and forest baths in Chizu have been medically supported. For those of you who need relaxation by walking or recreation in the forest, you can choose Chizu by making a reservation in advance.

4. Biei

  • Address : 071-0292, 4-6-1 Motomachi, Biei-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Phone : 0166-92-4330
  • Opening Hours : 08.30 – 17.15
  • Bicycle Rental : regular bike 200 yen/hour, electric bike 600 yen/hour

Biei is a small town with a city view that is very pleasing to the eye for anyone who visits the city. You can enjoy the charm of the city with views of this beautiful hill by cycling or driving through the beautiful hills filled with flower fields and famous trees.

Two places in Biei that are frequently visited areas are to the northwest of the city center which is named Patchwork Street and the area south of the city center is named Panorama Street. 

Patchwork Street is famous for its green and colorful scenery in spring and autumn. In addition, there is a famous tree which is an icon of an advertisement.

While on Jalan Panorama you will be treated to the beauty of the countryside. One place that is being targeted is Shikisai Hill which offers the beauty of a flower garden. You can enjoy it by renting a bicycle, golf cart, or also by walking.

5. Oshika

  • Address : 354 Okawara, Oshika Village, Shimoina District, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
  • Phone : 0265-39-2001
  • Website : http://www.vill.ooshika.nagano.jp/

Oshika is a village located in the mountains, which was originally a combination of two villages namely Okawara Village and Kashiro Village. This village surrounded

by mountains offers a different beauty in every change of season. The colorful natural beauty that spoils the eyes for people who visit this village.

In addition to the natural beauty of this village, there is also the beauty of the culture that has lasted a long time. Historic sites and historical buildings fill every corner of the village. 

One well-known cultural activity whose tradition has been around since the Edo period or about 300 years, is Oshika Kabuki . This kabuki theater is entertainment for rural communities.

6. Nagiso

  • Address : 3668-1 Yomikaki, Nagiso-cho, Kiso-gun, Nagano, Japan
  • Phone : 0264-57-2001

Nagiso is a small town in Nagano Prefecture that serves as a break from the Nakasendo route, a line that connects Kyoto and Edo(Tokyo). Here the place is surrounded by mountains with seven elongated villages. 

When you visit here, you will feel as if you were transported to the past with its preserved traditional buildings.

Nagiso has a post station located in Tsumago Village and also in Midono Village. Tsumago Village is the first post station in Japan that still preserves its original form as in the Edo period. Likewise with Midono Village, unfortunately the building in this place was lost due to a fire that occurred in 1881.

7. Ine

  • Address : 651 Hide, Ine-cho, Yoza-gun, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Phone : 0772-32-0502
  • Website : http://www.town.ine.kyoto.jp/

Ine City is a city located in Kyoto Prefecture. The area is 80% forest area with agricultural areas spread around the Tsutagawa River. In addition, Ine is the smallest village in Japan, a village that has a long history as a fishing village with unique housing floating in the water called funaya .

This fishing village located in Ine still maintains its activities as usual, although some of the funaya   which are the homes of fishermen have been turned into restaurants or pubs. 

This fishing village still maintains its original environment. Here you can relax with a beautiful view of the bay with clear water, and away from the hustle and bustle of tourism.

8. Totsukawa

  • Address : 225-1, Ohara, Totsukawa-mura, Yoshino-gun, Nara 637-1333, Japan
  • Phone : 0746-62-0001
  • Totsukawa Village is located in Nara Prefecture, precisely in the southernmost city bordering Wakayama and Mie Prefectures. Totsukawa is famous as the largest village in Japan with 96 percent of its area is forest.
  • Since time immemorial the rugged landscape of Totsukawa has kept them isolated but it has made them a semi-independent village.

Totsukawa Village has three hot springs that made it famous, namely Yusenji, Totsukawa, and Kamiyu hot springs. The natural beauty of Totsukawa is not only hot springs but also clear rivers, waterfalls, and also a suspension bridge that can be said to be the longest suspension bridge in Japan, namely Tanize.

9. Otama

  • Address : 70 Tamanoi Hoshiuchi, Otama-mura, Adachi-gun, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
  • Phone : 0243-48-3131

Otama village is located in the central part of Fukushima Prefecture. This village has a symbol, namely Mount Adatara. For its citizens, this mountain is a source of pride for them. 

This village offers the natural beauty of the countryside with hilly areas with rice fields and vegetables, fruits and livestock.

Not only natural beauty that you can enjoy in this village, they also have cultural activities that are closely related to their lives. One of these activities is a rice planting dance called ” Honzo Rice Planting Dance “. This dance culture has been passed down for 250 years, especially in a village called Tamai.

10. Higashishirakawa

  • Address : 548 Kando, Higashishirakawa-mura, Kamo-gun, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
  • Phone : 0574-78-3111

Higashishirakawa Village is a village that is part of Gifu Prefecture. The village is surrounded by mountains at an altitude of 1000 meters. 90 percent of the village is forest and

with river water flowing into the center of the village from east to west. This village has a history of being a village without a temple, which is very rare in Japan.

Higashishirakawa also has a tradition of growing Shirakawa tea which has won a trophy from the ministry of agriculture, forest and fisheries. This tea became a very valuable commodity of this Higashishirakawa village. 

The tradition of picking tea in this village is also interesting, especially the view from the tea garden which looks very soothing to the viewer.

In fact, there are still many beautiful villages and small towns in Japan that are included in the list of “The Most Beautiful Villages in Japan” . Japan not only has big beautiful cities

but they also have villages and small towns that are just as beautiful and interesting as its famous big cities. There are so many interesting places in villages and small towns to explore.

This list of the most beautiful villages and small towns is an effort made to make villages more independent with the resources they have. It’s a very great effort. 

The resources of his village and small town have become more exploited. Well, of all the villages and small towns that exist, which one is interesting for you to visit?

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