Thank you everyone for your amazing entries for the 11th COOL JAPAN VIDEOS Photo Contest.
After thorough screening, we have decided on the prize-winning entries and will announce the results here.
Click here for the details page and contest overview


Outdoor activities allow people to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and enjoy themselves in an airy, natural setting. In Japan, terms such as "solo camping" have become widespread, and camping and glamping are becoming immensely popular. In addition, outdoor leisure activities, such as BBQ, cycling, mountain climbing, fishing, and marine sports are also growing in popularity.

We received many photos showcasing the outdoors for this photo contest. We feel that the photos depicting people enjoying Japan's natural beauty have the power to inspire and motivate those who see them. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to everyone who submitted their photos of Japan's outdoors.

For this photo contest, we have selected winning photos from those that convey the charms of Japan's outdoors, along with the beauty of Japan's natural environment.

We will continue to hold COOL JAPAN VIDEOS Photo Contests on a regular basis, and we look forward to your future participation.

We hope that by sharing information about Japan, more and more people will learn about Japan's charms and people from all over the world will come to visit Japan.

Thank you for your continued support of COOL JAPAN VIDEOS.

Announcement of Results

※In no particular order
If you were selected as a winner, please follow the proper procedures to receive your prize.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Grand Prize
Judges' Comments
Hoshi ni Te no Todoku Oka Campsite in Nakafurano, Hokkaido
A contrast between the beautiful starry sky and warm camp lights.
We have selected this photo as the Grand Prize winner for its clear skies and the captivating nature of Furano.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
Hayashisaki Matsue Beach, Hayashisaki, Akashi, Hyogo
Hayashisaki Matsue Beach, popular for its sandy beach stretching 400m east to west and beautiful shallow waters, is a spot where beautiful sunsets can be seen in autumn.
Enjoying the sunset on a paddle board with man's best friend... This photo has been selected as an Honorable Mention.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
Located at the entrance to Okunikko in Tochigi Prefecture, Lake Chuzenji is a beautiful place where the lake's surface reflects the changing scenery of Japan's four seasons, with azaleas in early summer and autumn leaves in fall.
We have selected this photo for an Honorable Mention because it conveys the luxury of canoeing along the lake's surface in the early morning hours while viewing the colorful autumn foliage.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort in Nagano Prefecture
The swing is located in a spot where the three peaks of the Hakuba Mountains, part of Japan's Northern Alps, can be seen clearly, offering a breathtaking view. We have selected this work, with its blue skies, snow-covered mountains, and lovely smiling faces, as an Honorable Mention.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
Fumotoppara Campground, located in Fuji, Shizuoka, at the foot of Mt. Fuji, is a campground situated on a grassy plain with no obstructions.
The valiant pose toward the majestic Mt. Fuji conveys the feelings of the first day of the new year. As such, we have selected it as an Honorable Mention.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
The Aragusuku Islands, also known as the Panari Island, is part of the Yaejima Islands of Okinawa.
With its pure white sand and crystal-clear waters, it is a popular spot for snorkeling and diving.
We have selected this beautiful photo showing people swimming with fish at Ryugu Reef, a place resembling the Palace of the Dragon King, as an honorable mention.
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