By Ellie Duncombe
A stunning cave where sunlight shines through in a heart shape twice a year is worth falling in love with.
The secluded Kameiwa Cave in Chiba prefecture, Japan, may look like an ordinary location, but it shows off its real beauty biannually.
During a two-week period around the vernal equinox in March and September, early morning light shining through the rock formation creates a heart shaped reflection.
Bouncing off the shimmering water, the babbling creek and surrounding vegetation are mirrored.
The cave was dug out in the Edo period (1603 – 1868) so water could be diverted into nearby paddy fields.
It had remained a local treasure until 2015 when it gained Instagram notoriety, leading to an explosion in visitors.