3 Best Ecotourism Destinations in Japan

Ishigaki Island, Hirakubo, Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan. Photo by Vladimir Haltakov on Unsplash

While Tokyo may not be the best destination choice if you want to enjoy nature and greenery, there are plenty of amazing places in Japan that make perfect ecotourism destinations for travelers who prefer this type of trip.

Mount Fuji

One of the most popular travel destinations in Japan, Mount Fuji is the tallest mountain in the country and an amazing place to enjoy untouched nature. You can enjoy the Fuji Five Lake region north of the mountain or go on a climb during summer.


Yakushima is an island located south of the four major islands in Japan. It’s covered in old cedar trees—thousands of years old. The island was an inspiration for the Ghibli movie Princess Mononoke, in which the forest gods capture a young prince.

Okinawa Islands

Did you know that there’s a subtropical paradise in Japan? Okinawa Islands are wild and not fit for swimming, but you can go on boat tours and explore the wonderful marine life and the rest of the amazing nature.