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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

HOKURIKU SHINETSU Fukui Fresh seafood, breathtaking views and gorgeous temples

A peaceful retreat in central Japan with abundant natural wonders, history, traditional crafts and some of the country’s freshest seafood and finest sake

Close to the cities of Osaka and Kyoto, Fukui Prefecture is a popular destination for those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Though perhaps most famous for its dinosaur museum, one of the best in the world, Fukui is also blessed with rich history, breathtaking scenery, fresh seafood, delicious sake, and one of the best beaches in Japan.

How to Get There

Fukui is accessible by JR express trains from Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, and Kanazawa—cities all served by bullet train from Tokyo. Alternatively, you can take a highway bus or drive.

The rail journey from Kanazawa is the quickest at just under an hour, while trains from Nagoya, Osaka and Kyoto take between one and two hours. All of these options are covered by the Japan Rail Pass. More leisurely and inexpensive highway buses also operate between these cities and Fukui. It is also possible to take highway buses from Tokyo, which arrive in around eight hours.

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Don't Miss

    The striking cliff face of Tojinbo—a volcanic wonder
    Eiheiji, the birthplace of Soto Zen Buddhism tucked away in the mountains
    The clear waters, white sands and dazzling sunset at Wakasa Wada Beach
    An important piece in the history of Japanese architecture, Maruoka Castle
    Dinosaur-spotting at Fukui's take on Jurassic Park

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  • Spring

    Fukui reawakens after winter with events across the prefecture such as feudal parades and flower-exchanging festivals. For the cherry blossoms, visit in late March.

  • Summer

    Summer is about hitting local beaches with crystal-clear waters and pale golden sands during the day and making merry at one of the local fireworks displays come evening.

  • Autumn

    The days become cooler and the leaves begin to change hues, giving Fukui’s many beautiful spots a whole new look, as do illumination events at Yokokan Garden and Atagozaka.

  • Winter

    Easily accessible ski slopes, soul-warming hot springs and winter delicacies such as Echizen crab draw visitors in the chilly winter season.