Discover Top Aerial Views of Japan

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Japan: The Land of the Rising Sun | Zimy Da Kid


Top contributor Zimy Da Kid created this epic aerial tour of Japan, which he shot with a DJI Mavic Pro drone supplemented with ground camera footage.  The video takes us from first from capital city Tokyo and then to Kanazawa, during the height of the  cherry blossom season.  Then he proceeds to ancient Kyoto and its magnificent temples, and from there to Nara, Osaka, the Nachi waterfall, and Mt. Fuji. This video is a nominee in our Drone Video Awards' Countries & Regions category.

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Tokyo From Above


Japan's capital Tokyo is center of the largest metropolitan area in the world.  In this video, which was nominated for the Drone Video of the Year Awards in the Cities category, contributor Big Head Greg takes us on an aerial tour of this hugely important city.  It is situated at the confluence of several rivers on the east coast of the island of Honshu (the largest of Japan's four main islands), at the head of Tokyo Bay on the Pacific Ocean.  Tokyo hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics and will be hosting its second in 2020. 

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Kobe Harbour with Mavic Pro


Kobe is Japan's sixth largest city, a seaport city lying on the north side of Osaka Bay on the southern side of the island of Honshu.  Considered part of the greater Osaka area, it is Japan's fourth largest seaport by freight volume.  In this video, Styfly Studio uses a DJI Mavic Pro drone to take us on an aerial tour of Kobe.  You'll get a bird's eye view of this important (and very old) seaport, whose harbor is dotted with artificial islands to increase the city's useable land area.

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8 days in Okinawa with drone

Chris Jeon

Japan's Okinawa Prefecture includes a group of islands, including the island of Okinawa, south of the country's main islands.  The island saw some of the heaviest fighting in the Pacific in World War II.  Zamami is a small village sitting on 20 of the islands in the region.  Top contributor Jeon Donghee spent eight days in Zamami with a drone, creating this amazing aerial video of this paradise in the East China Sea.

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drone flights in KYUSHU SEASIDE


Kyushu is the southernmost/westernmost of Japan's four main islands.   Its largest city is Fukuoka, with a population of about 1.5 million.  Kyushu is less densely populated than Honshu, the main island of Japan.  The physical scenery of Kyushu is spectacular, with many volcanoes and beaches.  Contributor Superidol used a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone to give us a wonderful bird's eye view of this Pacific island.  

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Nagoya Castle Japan 名古屋城 Sunrise - via Drone 4k


Nagoya Castle is one of the most important cultural sites in Japan.  It is located in Nagoya, Japan's third largest city, on the western coast of Honshu, the most populous island of the Japanese Archipelago.  From the 17th-19th centuries, this was one of the most important cities in Japan.  Contributor Skys_feed used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to give us a marvelous bird's eye view of this castle, which historically sat on some of the country's most important trade routes.  

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NORTHERNMOST travel around hokkaido, Japan

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Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan's four main islands, which also include Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku.  It is the second largest island by land area but is much less densely populated than Honshu.  It is a mountainous and at-times frozen land, in places resembling Siberia which lies just across the Sea of Japan.  Contributor Wutang used a drone to create this beautiful aerial tour of this northern Pacific island.  

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Kyushu is the southernmost of Japan's four main islands.  In this video, contributor Superidol gives us an amazing aerial tour of the Kyushu, far less known than the main island Honshu.  He flies through forests, over picturesque resort towns, and over rocky mountain peaks to give us a bird's eye view of this island, Japan's third largest by area and also home to its most active volcano and famous hot springs. 

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DJI Mavic Pro - Enoshima, Japan 2017


Christian Tinman ventured to Japan with his DJI Mavic Pro drone to cover a stand up paddleboarding event in Enoshima, a small island in Sagami Bay.  Situated on Honshu, the area is home to some of closest beaches accessible from Tokyo, which lies a bit to the north.  As you will see from his video, it's a beautiful seaside community, perfect for a challenging SUP race, with sandy shores and many rocks lying offshore.  

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Biwako Valley Ski Resort Shiga Japan


Styfly Studio created an amazing drone video of a ski area in Japan.  The Biwako Valley Ski Resort is situated in central Honshu, roughly halfway between the cities of Kyoto and Nagoya.  The resort's mountaintop sits at about 1.1k meters (about 3.5k ft) above sea level, and offers both tow- and lift-accessed slopes.  The top of the mountain offers stunning views of Lake Biwa, Japan's largest freshwater lake. 

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Hakone - Japan From The Sky

Urban Obsession

Urban Obsession created this magnificent drone video from Hakone, a mountainous region to the west of the Japanese capital city Tokyo.  It's situated in the Kanagawa Prefecture, a state lying on the eastern coast of the island of Honshu.  Hakone is considered an easy day trip from Tokyo, for travelers who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the world's largest city.  The area has been afforded governmental protection by being designated as a geopark.  

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Mt. Fuji, Japan


Contributor Earthspace101 used a drone to give us this beautiful view of Japan's highest mountain.  The mighty Mt. Fuji is a volcanic mountain which stands about 3.8k meters (12.4 ft.) above sea level on Honshu.  The mountain is known not just for its height but for its geometric near-perfection; the shape of its cone is nearly symmetrical.  Of immense cultural significance in Japan, on clear days the peak of the mountain can be seen from 100 km (about 60 mi) away in Tokyo.  It last erupted in 1708.

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Japan's Most Beautiful Castle: Himeji


Himeji Castle is one of the most famous in Japan.  Situated in southern Honshu, it was built in the 14th century.  One of the most-visited sites in Japan, it owes its fame in part to the James Bond movie franchise: the palace made an appearance as the spot where 007 (played by Sean Connery) undergoes ninja training in the 1967 classic You Only Live Twice, the sixth installment.  Contributor Hittheroadlat used both drone and ground camera footage to create this video of the magnificent landmark.  

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Castle in the sky


Japan is known in part for its "castles in the sky": hilltop castles which appear to be floating on the clouds in the right condition.  Top contributor Danielkordan definitely got it right with this stunning aerial capture of Echizen Ono Castle, which does indeed appear to be floating on the clouds.  It's located in the Fukui Prefecture in western Honshu.  The castle was constructed in the late 16th century, and has been modified numerous times since then.

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Japan's Bullet Train


Check out this video for a rare look at one of Japan's bullet trains.  Known as the Shinkansen, it's a network of rail lines which collectively cover almost 2.8k km (1.7k mi.).  Top speeds of these trains reach 240-320 km/h (150-200 mi/h), and can in the right circumstances be faster than flying between certain cities.  Watch the video and you'll get a sense for how fast these trains move; you will also realize how impressive Japan's safety record is given the speeds involved.  


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Mt. Fuji

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Tokyo and Mount Fuji