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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

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Hokuriku Shinetsu

Niigata
Niigata Most people visit Niigata for its snow-related sporting options, but many others come to trek through Niigata’s mountains, immerse in picturesque hot springs and consume the region's tasty seafood, rice and sake Most people visit Niigata for its snow-related sporting options, but many others come to trek through Niigata’s mountains, immerse in picturesque hot springs and consume the region's tasty seafood, rice and sake
Nagano
Nagano Come to Nagano for sweeping highland scenes of nature and world-class outdoor sports, and stay for the rural culture, townscapes from the samurai era, vibrant festivals and enough onsen to keep you soaking for a lifetime Come to Nagano for sweeping highland scenes of nature and world-class outdoor sports, and stay for the rural culture, townscapes from the samurai era, vibrant festivals and enough onsen to keep you soaking for a lifetime
Toyama
Toyama Famed for its Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and towering snow walls, Toyama radiates color with its seasonal flowers, autumn foliage and picture-perfect landscape Famed for its Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and towering snow walls, Toyama radiates color with its seasonal flowers, autumn foliage and picture-perfect landscape
Ishikawa
Ishikawa More accessible than ever and steeped in history, art, culture and natural beauty, Ishikawa Prefecture is one of Japan’s most enchanting destinations More accessible than ever and steeped in history, art, culture and natural beauty, Ishikawa Prefecture is one of Japan’s most enchanting destinations
Fukui
Fukui A peaceful retreat in central Japan with abundant natural wonders, history, traditional crafts and some of the country’s freshest seafood and finest sake A peaceful retreat in central Japan with abundant natural wonders, history, traditional crafts and some of the country’s freshest seafood and finest sake

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

Of Hokuriku's five prefectures, Nagano is the only one without a coastline, but together with Niigata it offers some of the finest ski slopes in Japan. Ishikawa is home to art and culture in the form of Kanazawa—think Kyoto with fewer people—and Toyama and Fukui present an elusive and appealing slice of rural Japan.

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    Legendary powder snow
    Exquisite seafood and sake
    Hopping along the rugged Japan Sea coast on the newest bullet train line
    Art, culture and architecture in idyllic rural settings

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