From bamboo forests to fields of flowers, if you want a truly breathtaking backdrop for your Instagram posts, look no further than Japan. 
FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE
Kyoto

This important Shinto shrine in Kyoto is famous for its strings of red torii gates that line numerous pathways, which lead into the forest. Explore the mountain trails and stop by some of Japan’s most picturesque temples.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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KOCHIA HILL
Ibaraki

Each spring the 350 hectare field in Miharashi Park is filled with 32,000 kochia balls, which turn red by autumn. For a memorable shot, take an pic with these tiny pom poms behind you.

SAGANO BAMBOO FOREST
Kyoto

If you want to embrace the latest trend called forest bathing, this is the place to do it. Not only is it visually delightful, but the rustling of the bamboo leaves is so relaxing, the Ministry of the Environment placed it in its top 100 Soundscapes of Japan.



HIGASHIMOKOTO SHIBAZAKURA PARK 
Abashiri

During the month of May you should visit Shibazakura Park to spy this sea of pink, white and blue and phloxes.



KAWACHI FUJI GARDENS’ WISTERIA TUNNEL 
Kitakyushu

This fairy-tale tunnel is at its best during the end of April and the beginning of May. It becomes so busy that you have to purchase tickets in advance to claim your perfect moment in the tunnel.

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Russian High Arctic

Russia The Arctic

  • Sail around the Russian High Arctic in luxury with all modern comforts onboard Sea Spirit 
  • Experience a true expedition cruise to the rarely visited Franz Josef Land archipelago
  • Visit a soviet-era research facility, once a base for polar exploration
  • Look out for colonies of nesting seabirds on the rugged, steep cliffs of the islands
  • Spot polar bears, walrus and endangered bowhead whales around the archipelago

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 13 nights

From $8,500 pp

Arctic Wildlife Safari

The Arctic

  • Search for polar bears hunting seals in the pack ice on an arctic safari
  • Explore historical sites including early whaling camps, trappers’ cabins, deserted coal mining operations, and an abandoned polar research station
  • Sea kayaking near tidewater glaciers and icebergs
  • Look out for humpback whales from the outdoor decks
  • Take advantage of the included photography program and learn alongside the onboard expert

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 10 nights

From $7,000 pp

Mongolia’s Eagle Hunting Festival

Ulaanbaatar & Central Heartland

  • Living alongside a nomadic eagle hunting family and learning about their age-old traditions and ways of life
  • Attending the annual Ulgii Eagle Hunting Festival and getting caught up in the excitement of this event which locals spend their lives training for
  • Experiencing a less mainstream part of the country and really getting off the beaten track

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 6 nights
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Japan, Mount Fuji, Autumn Season, Lake Kawaguchiko

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Travel to Japan with Lightfoot Travel and explore supersonic cities, spiritual shrines and gourmet delights. Visit Tokyo, Osaka, Niseko, Kyoto and beyond.

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