Photo: Vichaya Kiatyingangsulee/DreamstimeAerial view of Yokohama

Watch this relaxing 8K aerial video on YouTube if you miss Japan

The amazing hour-long video of Japan takes you from Tokyo to Kyoto, Hakodate and more – and you'll see it all from above

Kasey Furutani
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Kasey Furutani

It’s been a while since international tourists were allowed entry into Japan. We know it's a long and frustrating wait, so we hope to satiate your wanderlust temporarily with this relaxing aerial video of spectacular scenery across Japan. For the time being, enjoy some armchair travel and keeping researching your dream trips.

This 8K video from Armadas is the perfect tour through Japan from your living room. The one-hour video was filmed from 2018 to 2019, back when domestic and international tourists were still allowed to travel in Japan.

 Izu, Shizuoka
Photo: Armadas/YouTubeIzu, Shizuoka

The video starts off in the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka prefecture, south of Tokyo. Izu is known for its bluffside hikes, abundant Kawazuzakura cherry blossoms in Minami-Izu, and the Izu-Misaki lighthouse.

Next, we jet off to Yakushima, a small island off the coast of Kagoshima (1:12). A hiker’s paradise, Yakushima is filled with cedar trees, moss and waterfalls – a complete natural respite. You can even spot the Nagata Lighthouse at the 6:57 mark.

Photo: Armadas/YouTubeKyoto

Shortly after that, it’s on to Kyoto, which is arguably its most beautiful in autumn. The video shows one of the city’s serene temples surrounded by vermillion maple trees.

After that, we travel north to Hakodate, in Hokkaido (11:35), known for Mt Hakodate and the curious star-shaped fort. 

Tokyo Skytree
Photo: Armadas/YouTubeTokyo Skytree

The next aerial view features our favourite city, Tokyo, readily identified by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building, with the new Tokyo National Stadium in the distance (17:30). If there was any doubt, you’ll certainly recognise the iconic Tokyo Tower (18:30) and Tokyo Skytree beside the snaking Sumida River (17:12). Sure, Tokyo is gorgeous during the day, but nighttime brings out Shinjuku’s mysterious allure (26:27).

Photo: Armadas/YouTubeYokohama

Come morning, Yokohama is featured on a bright sunny day. You can see the Yokohama Landmark tower, the second tallest building in Japan, and the Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris Wheel (47:10). Enoshima, a popular seaside island, is up next with the Enoshima Sea Candle (47:40). We won’t give it all away, but trust us, there’s plenty more stunning scenery to catch. 

Still feeling the wanderlust? Let this video from JNTO featuring Japan’s 47 prefectures tug at your heartstrings. 

This article was published on April 9 2021 and updated on April 8 2022.

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