Japan’s Shirakawago in Gifu is a great place to experience the start of spring, see the new rice paddies, and marvel at the gassho-zukuri houses.
Exploring the old post towns of Magome and Tsumago that are part of the ancient Nakasendo trail. Old wooden buildings, cobbled paths, and bear warnings.
Shirakawago is magical in the winter when the sloping roofs are covered in snow. It’s cold, but the views are worth it to see the snow-covered village.
The wintery views from Shinhotaka Ropeway in the Japanese Alps are a special kind of beautiful. Walk through paths of snow taller than you.