When you think of Japan, you probably get a mental image of a modern metropolis – densely populated cities with skyscrapers, high speed trains and robots. While there’s some truth in that, Japan is a mountainous country with large areas of great natural beauty. Once you venture outside of the city, you’ll find beautiful vistas and tiny towns tucked away in the mountains of Japan. From 2012 to 2014, my wife and I had the incredible opportunity to live in Sendai, Japan, where we got to see that rugged side. Here are photos I took of a few of my favorite off-the-beaten path spots across Japan.
If you ever get the opportunity to visit Japan, I hope these photos will inspire you explore the beautiful countryside of the land of the rising sun.