Photographed in February
The grand panorama of Shiretoko Mountain Range
In the coldest depths of winter, the mountain peaks running through the center of Shiretoko Peninsula become covered with snow, and drift ice floating in from the Sea of Okhotsk arrives in the surrounding waters. With its dramatic range of changing expressions, Shiretoko became registered as a World Natural Heritage site in 2005.
Crystal-clear water of Ishigaki Island’s Kabira Bay
Kabira Bay’s climate remains temperate throughout the year, and its water is some of the clearest in the world, out of which rise a number of verdant isles to form truly picturesque views. Iridescent tropical fish and colorful coral reefs can be observed from glass-bottom boats cruising the bay.