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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

CHUGOKU Tottori Curative onsen, unspoiled nature and spectacular coastline

Japan's least populated prefecture, Tottori is an off-the-radar destination rich in history and legend that has changed little over the centuries

Situated on the Sea of Japan coast, Tottori is a delightfully unspoiled area stretching from mountain to sea. It is a land of legend and folklore featuring heavily in the ancient myths of the Japanese gods. Traditional crafts and customs continue to be practiced in their original form. Mt. Daisen and Mt. Mitoku have for centuries been sacred centers of ascetic training. Tottori also has a rarity in Asia—a stretch of sand dunes.

How to Get There

Express trains and highway buses connect Tottori with many of western Japan's major cities such as Kyoto, Osaka, Himeji and Okayama. You can also fly into one of two local airports. Once there, a rental car makes getting around easy.

Tottori's two main transport hubs are Yonago City and Tottori City. From Tokyo, Osaka and other stations on the JR Tokaido and JR Sanyo shinkansen lines, change at Himeji and take the Super Hakuto Limited Express to Tottori City (approximately 90 minutes). For Yonago City, take the JR service from Okayama Station (two hours). Highway buses connect Tottori and Yonago to Osaka and Hiroshima in between three to four hours. Yonago Kitaro and Tottori Sakyu Conan airports handle several ANA flights per day to and from Tokyo Haneda.

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    World-class hiking and outdoor pursuits at sacred Mt. Daisen
    The rugged coastline, clear waters and hidden coves of Uradome
    Healing hot springs at the ancient onsen resorts of Misasa and Kaike
    Taking a pilgrimage along one of Japan’s most testing temple paths at Mt. Mitoku

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Seasonal Highlights

  • Spring

    Elaborate festivals and a titanic tug-of-war mean spring has sprung in Tottori. Cherry trees bloom a little later than in warmer Pacific-facing areas—the end of March through late April.

  • Summer

    The Uradome coast and the wider San-in Kaigan Geopark attract kayakers and those wishing to escape the summer heat. Cool mountain air and alpine flowers await hikers atop Mt. Daisen.

  • Autumn

    Spectacular fall foliage paints the slopes and valleys of Mt. Daisen and Mt. Mitoku from late October. Walk on fire at a special festival at Sanbutsu-ji Temple.

  • Winter

    Mt. Daisen becomes a snow covered playground for western Japan. Illuminations at the Tottori Sand Dunes light up the sky and sandy hills.

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