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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
Shinetsu
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

TOTTORI Yonago & Sakaiminato

A bird-watching, cycling and manga mecca, with the added benefit of sea-water hot springs

Yonago has long been the more laid back and artistic of Tottori Prefecture’s two largest cities. Surrounded by natural beauty and with excellent accessibility, it is a relaxing and attractive area from which to explore the local region and beyond.

Tips

  • Bird viewing at the informative and conveniently accessed Yonago Wildfowl Park
  • Bathe in saltwater hot springs overlooking a beautiful bay
  • Pose next to statues in Sakaiminato based on characters from one of Japan’s most beloved manga comics
  • Pedal along new coastal cycle tracks and over the “world’s craziest bridge”

How to Get There

Yonago City is the region’s central transport hub and is accessible by road, land and sea.

Several daily flights connect Yonago Kitaro to the airports in Tokyo in around one hour and 15 minutes. Inexpensive highway buses operate services between Yonago and several major cities. Osaka is roughly three hours away.

A combination of express and Shinkansen bullet trains from Tokyo takes five hours, including a transfer at Okayama.

A weekly ferry service connects Sakaiminato with Donghae in South Korea and Vladivostok in Russia.

Where nature serves as a perfect backdrop

Sandwiched between a sacred mountain, a sweeping bay and an inland lake, the Sakaiminato and Yonago area is a worthwhile place to visit. Mt. Daisen dominates the sky to the east, and viewed from this side, bears a striking resemblance to Mt. Fuji. Indeed, it is known to many as "mini Fuji".

The mountain overlooks the stunning foreshores of Yumigahama Peninsula and the Nakaumi, a brackish lake which stretches across to neighboring Shimane Prefecture. Its varied and rich ecosystems are home to an extensive array of wildlife, both resident and migratory. Learn about the birds at Yonago Waterfowl Park.

Indulge in a spot of Thalassotherapy

Operating for over a hundred years, Kaike Onsen is considered a pioneer of Thalassotherapy. Taking its name from the Greek words thalasso meaning “sea” and therapia meaning “treatment,” the hot salt water that fills the spa resort’s baths are said to be very beneficial. With views of majestic Mt. Dasien and across the beautiful Miho Bay to Mihonoseki, Kaike Onsen is perfect for relaxing after a day of exploring.

A place where ghosts and legends abound

The area has long featured in Japanese folklore and is an area of spiritual and mystical significance.

According to an 8th-century chronicle, The Izumo Fudoki, one of the gods involved in Japan's creation, wished to make the nation larger. He did this by using a rope and a stake to pull a piece of land from across the sea towards Japan. The stake became Mt. Daisen and the rope became what is now the Yumigahama Peninsula.

The birthplace of the creator of the much-loved manga series Ge Ge Ge Kitaro, Shigeru Mizuki, Sakaiminato attracts thousands of visitors annually. Throughout the area, images of the main character, Kitaro, and various Yokai monsters from there series are emblazoned on everything from trains and buses to vending machines and packaging.

Perfectly positioned for further exploration

Situated on the border of the two least populated prefectures in the country, Yonago and Sakaiminato are perfectly located to explore the region.

Mt. Daisen can be reached in just 45 minutes, while the popular castle town of Matsue and the Grand Shrine of Izumo make for easily manageable day trips.

Sakaiminato Port frequently receives huge cruise ships and acts as the main ferry terminal for the Oki Islands. The Eshima Bridge connecting Tottori and Shimane at Sakaiminato has itself become a superstar due to its steep ramps, which look almost impossible to traverse when viewed from certain perspectives.

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