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Guide to scenic puzzles

On this page: Guide to puzzle pages - Browse scenic puzzles by size - Best-selling scenic puzzles

The scenic puzzles are grouped on pages by topic—the following list shows just the three most popular puzzles on each page. Some puzzles appear on more than one page, but they are only counted once on their "home" pages... so some of the counts below may seem low.

In addition to themes such as "Castles" or "Autumn", there are some miscellaneous puzzles arranged by piece count, and finally the "Exotic" category of puzzles from outside Japan.

Guide to puzzle pages

Cherry blossom

View puzzles - Harbinger of spring

Titles
Available:8
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500

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600

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1000

Flowers

View puzzles - Flowers in the landscape

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Available:10
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2016

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1000

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1000

Summer

View puzzles - The great outdoors

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Available:6
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1000

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1000

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1053

Autumn

View puzzles - Dazzling red maples

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Available:6
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1000

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450

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2016

Winter

View puzzles - Snow and ice

Titles
Available:2
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1000

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1000

Mt. Fuji

View puzzles - Japan's iconic mountain

Titles
Available:15
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2016

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1000

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3000

Japanese castles

View puzzles

Titles
Available:9
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300

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3000

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1000

Temples and shrines

View puzzles - Temple buildings from both Buddhist and Shinto traditions

Titles
Available:11
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300

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1000

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300

Trains

View puzzles - Railways of Japan

Titles
Available:5
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420

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2542

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300

Mountain roads

View puzzles - The old routes over Japan's mountainous backbone, and the bridges along them

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Available:3
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300

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2016

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300

Bridges

View puzzles - Japanese bridges, both ancient and modern

Titles
Available:7
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2016

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300

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1000

Tokyo

View puzzles - Sights of Japan's capital

Titles
Available:9
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1000

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1000

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300

Kyoto scenes

View puzzles - The temples and gardens of Japan's old capital

Titles
Available:5
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1000

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2016

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500

Fireworks

View puzzles - Spectacular displays are a regular feature of the summer

Titles
Available:4
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2542

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1000

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1000

Scenic 300

View puzzles - Other scenic puzzles up to 300 pieces

Titles
Available:14
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300

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300

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300

Scenic 500

View puzzles - Other scenic puzzles around 500 pieces

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Available:4
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500

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500

Scenic 1000

View puzzles - Other scenic puzzles around 1000 pieces

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Available:3
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1053

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1000

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1000

Scenic 1500+

View puzzles - Other scenic puzzles 1500 pieces and larger

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Available:2
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2016

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2000

Exotic

View puzzles - Exotic locations, in and around Asia

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Available:9
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2016

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Browse scenic puzzles by size

Note: Piece counts are approximate, so 1000 also matches 950 panorama.

Best-selling scenic puzzles

Sagano bamboo grove lit up
© Epoch
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2016: Sagano bamboo grove lit up

A night view of the bamboo grove at Sagano in Kyoto. With roughly 1400 pieces of bamboo, and the rest path and brushwood fence, this is a real puzzler's puzzle!

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

In stock
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23546 (23-546 on box)
Normally ¥2500 - special offer 8% off: ¥2300 (approx. US$21.70 €17.97 £15.86)
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Red Fuji
© Epoch
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2016: Red Fuji

A spectacular aerial view of the rare but genuine meteorological phenomenon whereby at dawn or sunset the whole side of the mountain appears to glow red.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23502 (23-502 on box)
Retail price ¥2500 (approx. US$23.58 €19.53 £17.24)
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Fuji in spring
© Tagami Akira
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1000: Fuji in spring

Mount Fuji in its spring coat through a mass of cherry blossom makes for a challenging puzzle!

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10741 (10-741 on box)
Retail price ¥2500 (approx. US$23.58 €19.53 £17.24)
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Mt. Fuji from Oshino
© Epoch
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3000: Mt. Fuji from Oshino

Mt. Fuji from the east, this time from a beautifully kept Japanese garden in Oshino.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E21501 (21-501 on box)
Retail price ¥4200 (approx. US$39.62 €32.81 £28.97)
Shipping from ¥1950 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$18.40 €15.23 £13.45)
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Himeji Castle
© Epoch
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300: Himeji Castle with azaleas

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle." Birdlike or not, here it is nicely offset by the banks of azaleas in the foreground.

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)
More castle puzzles

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An Epoch puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E25083 (25-083S on box)
Retail price ¥1200 (approx. US$11.32 €9.38 £8.28)
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Ginkgo avenue in Tokyo
© Michio Yamauchi
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1000: Ginkgo avenue in Tokyo

Brilliant gold! The ginkgo is a popular tree for city planting, and is seen to advantage here in Tokyo. Another puzzle for those who like a challenge.

See my "Plant Watcher's" page on the ginkgo.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10734 (10-734 on box)
Retail price ¥2500 (approx. US$23.58 €19.53 £17.24)
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Mount fuji with bullet train
© Epoch
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420: Mount fuji with bullet train

The iconic shot of modern Japan: the "bullet train" (Shinkansen) passing below Mount Fuji. This is the N700, the version introduced in 2007, cutting the journey time between Tokyo and Osaka to under two-and-a-half hours.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 52 x 18 cm (20" x 7")
Code: E52144 (52-144 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$16.98 €14.06 £12.41)
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Kintai bridge
© Epoch
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2016: Kintai bridge

This bridge is a landmark of western Japan, with both red maples and cherry trees planted alongside, for gorgeous pictures in all seasons. We are told that the name Kintaikyô - or "Brocade sash bridge" - is derived from a resemblance to a kimono sash. This is pretty unconvincing, until you realise that the river under the bridge is Nishikigawa: this Nishiki is the Japanese reading for "brocade", written with the same Chinese character as the Kin in Kintai.

The bridge consists of five wooden arches: at the time it was originally built (1673), wheeled transport was almost unknown in Japan, so presumably it was not worthwhile going to the extra effort of providing a level roadway. It seems unlikely that this design would have been used in Europe at that time.

Matsumoto-san's excellent photographs of the bridge (in Japanese)
Hokusai's painting (Interesting to see his perception of the stone pillars: compare my essay on walls. And for more than you ever needed to know about bridges, read J. E. Gordon.)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23535 (23-535 on box)
Retail price ¥2500 (approx. US$23.58 €19.53 £17.24)
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Sanneizaka
© Epoch
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500: Sanneizaka

In a quaint corner of Kyoto, these steps are part of the passage called Sanneizaka. There are various theories for the origin of the name, but the most prominent one (based on the characters used to write the name today) is that it refers to a prayer for safe childbirth.

The cherry blossoms and traditional roof tiles provide an exquisite combination of textures for this puzzle.

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An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: E05098 (05-098 on box)
Normally ¥1600 - special offer 8% off: ¥1472 (approx. US$13.89 €11.50 £10.15)
Shipping from ¥800 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$7.55 €6.25 £5.52)
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Himeji castle
© Epoch
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3000: Himeji castle

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle." Birdlike or not, here it is nicely offset by the banks of azaleas in the foreground.

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

In stock
An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E21507 (21-507 on box)
Retail price ¥4200 (approx. US$39.62 €32.81 £28.97)
Shipping from ¥1950 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$18.40 €15.23 £13.45)
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