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20 Jaw-droppingly Gorgeous Japan’s Wild Natural Photos

For many people, Japan is a county of modern cities, futuristic technology, age-old traditions, quirky pop culture and sushi.

But beyond the man-made delights lies a varied natural world that should not be overlooked. We’re seeking your stunning photos and inspiring short films showing off the natural beauty of Japan.

 

Waterfall in Nagano, Japan (Credit: Aflo/NPL)

Waterfall in Nagano Japan

Japan’s mountains, cheery blossoms, forests, hot springs, distinct seasons and unique wildlife (including the famous snow monkeys) are the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life.

Japanese Macaque in Jigokudani, Japan

Japanese Macaque in Jigokudani

Credit: Diane McAllister/NPL

Japanese cranes in courtship display, Hokkaido, Japan

Japanese cranes in courtship display, Hokkaido, Japan

Credit: Vincent Munier/NPL

Ezo Chipmunk, Mt. Daisetsu, Hokkaido, Japan

Ezo Chipmunk Mt Daisetsu Hokkaido Japan

Credit: Nature Production/NPL

Field of Tea plants, Japan

Field of Tea plants Japan

Credit: Aflo/NPL

Four Ezo Japanese ural owls Mikasa, Hokkaido, Japan

Four Ezo Japanese ural owls Mikasa Hokkaido Japan

Credit: Aflo/NPL

Giant bamboo (Cathariostachys), Kyoto, Japan

Giant bamboo (Cathariostachys), Kyoto, Japan

Credit: NEIL LUCAS/NPL

Japanese fireflies, Yaku-shima UNESCO World Heritage Site

Japanese fireflies, Yaku-shima UNESCO World Heritage Site

Credit: Yukihiro Fukuda/NPL

Japanese giant salamander eggs, Japan

Japanese giant salamander eggs, Japan

Credit: Yukihiro Fukuda/NPL

Japanese macaque (Snow monkey), Jigokudani, Nagano, Japan

Japanese macaque Snow monkey Jigokudani Nagano Japan

Credit: Yukihiro Fukuda/NPL

Japanese tree frog hanging from Pumpkin flower, Japan

Japanese tree frog hanging from Pumpkin flower, Japan

Credit: Nature Production/NPL

Lejima islands, Okinawa, Japan

Lejima islands, Okinawa, Japan

Credit: Aflo/NPL

Miyakojima island, Okinawa, Japan

Miyakojima island, Okinawa, Japan

Credit: Aflo/NPL

Mount Fuji, Honshu, Japan

Mount Fuji Honshu Japan

Credit: Aflo/NPL

Mount Fuji reflected in lake at sunset, Honshu, Japan

Mount Fuji reflected in lake at sunset Honshu Japan

Credit: Aflo/NPL

Mt. Tanigawadake in early winter, Gumma, Japan

Mt Tanigawadake in early winter Gumma Japan

Credit: Nature Production/NPL

Northern sea nettle in Izu, Japan

Northern sea nettle in Izu, Japan

Credit: Aflo/NPL

Red-Crowned Crane, Tsurui, Hokkaido, Japan

Red-Crowned Crane, Tsurui, Hokkaido, Japan

Credit: Aflo/NPL

Sleeping Misaki pony, Toimisaki, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan

Sleeping Misaki pony, Toimisaki, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan

Credit: Aflo/NPL

Sunflowers {Helianthus annuus} Hokkaido, Japan (Credit: Aflo/NPL)

Sunflowers Hokkaido Japan

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