Japan is an island country rich in diverse environments, from snow-clad mountains to coral reefs, and is blessed with a beautiful landscape that changes from season to season. Japan's national parks are also rare in that nature and people coexist within the boundaries of the parks, bonding to form cultures new.
In the fall, tree leaves fall carpeting the earth in a rustic tapestry of color, going on to form sediment which nurtures new lives. Buds sprout from branches as new life is breathed into the tree, the tree becomes a forest, and the forest draws up moisture through the soil and gives birth to a single drop of water. The water passes through valleys, becomes tiny streams, then mighty rivers carrying nutrients from the land to enrich the waiting sea beyond.
When you visit a national park you are entering into a dialogue with its nature, scenery, culture, and food, as well as the people who make the landscape their home.
It is the best place to truly experience that the Japanese people have coexisted in harmony with nature for millennia, and that relationship has in turn shaped Japanese culture. You can experience first-hand the raw nature that is the very essence of Japanese culture.
Your time amongst nature, your experiences, and your interactions with the local people will remain in your heart forever.
The National Parks of Japan are place where you can get a sense of how to live a life side by side with nature.