Spend enough time in Japan and you may eventually grow confused or even weary of how locals boast of the country's four seasons, as if the concept Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer are somehow unique to Japan. Although somewhat frustrating, these comments are usually misunderstood, as most Japanese people are referring to how distinct and pronounced the differences between the four seasons are in Japan, and is an appreciation of their sights, sounds, and aesthetic differences. For foreign visitors, it can be mean many trips and a lot of money spent to get to see those differences, but fortunately a series of superbly shot and high quality videos is showing all of those seasonal goodies off. As is often the case, the host of this 4K Ultra High Definition series is a small and quiet city, Dazaifu.


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Located on the outskirts of Fukuoka, Dazaifu isn't the most bustling town in Japan, but is home to many shrines and temples, the most famous of which is Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, which brings in tourists from all over the world all year round. The temple's beautiful grounds are decorated with roughly 6000 plum trees, a favorite of Sugawara no Michizane, over whose grave the shrine is built. While the shrine is a celebrated site, Dazaifu is in many ways the perfect canvas on which to paint the distinctly defined seasons of Japan. In these premium quality videos, one can see the beautiful passing of the seasons in Japan, as well as the festivals, customs, and events that come with it.

As of now, there are three videos: Summer, Autumn and Winter, a long with a general introduction video to the seasons of Dazaifu. Take a look at these stunning videos that have already surpassed a million views!

By - grape Japan editorial staff.