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Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
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 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
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare 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
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving 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
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
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 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

DESTINATION Kansai

Kansai

Hyogo
Hyogo Home to ancient and iconic castles, a major international port, onsen and natural preserves and facing two seas filled with islands, Hyogo offers visitors cultural, historical and outdoor pleasures Home to ancient and iconic castles, a major international port, onsen and natural preserves and facing two seas filled with islands, Hyogo offers visitors cultural, historical and outdoor pleasures
Kyoto
Kyoto The former capital of Kyoto embodies the refined nature of Japanese culture and dining, offering many magnificent shrines and temples as well as numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, with iconic gardens and natural beauty The former capital of Kyoto embodies the refined nature of Japanese culture and dining, offering many magnificent shrines and temples as well as numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, with iconic gardens and natural beauty
Shiga
Shiga A stone's throw from Kyoto and home to Japan’s largest lake, Shiga is full of ancient history and customs, natural scenery and outdoor fun, and less traveled than most nearby regions A stone's throw from Kyoto and home to Japan’s largest lake, Shiga is full of ancient history and customs, natural scenery and outdoor fun, and less traveled than most nearby regions
Osaka
Osaka Osaka is a big-shouldered, welcoming merchant town with a relaxed nature that charms Japanese and tourists alike, offering food, fun and nightlife in generous portions and plenty of history and culture besides Osaka is a big-shouldered, welcoming merchant town with a relaxed nature that charms Japanese and tourists alike, offering food, fun and nightlife in generous portions and plenty of history and culture besides
Nara
Nara Believed to be the birthplace of sake, and filled with ancient temples and shrines, Nara was the country's first permanent capital, and its roots go back further than recorded history Believed to be the birthplace of sake, and filled with ancient temples and shrines, Nara was the country's first permanent capital, and its roots go back further than recorded history
Wakayama
Wakayama Wakayama draws visitors to explore the natural and spiritual sides of Japan, with ancient shrines tucked high in mountain groves, deep gorges, a dramatic coastline and bubbling rock baths with ocean views Wakayama draws visitors to explore the natural and spiritual sides of Japan, with ancient shrines tucked high in mountain groves, deep gorges, a dramatic coastline and bubbling rock baths with ocean views

From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task

Kansai, Japan's historical heart, is shaped by deep spirituality, towering castle keeps, and arduous journeys to enlightenment. The nation's ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara are filled with cultural and historical sites, while Koyasan in Wakayama has been a religious destination for centuries. Hike the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails for a scenic path blazed by believers centuries ago. Just a stone's throw away, revel in the raucous nightlife of Osaka's entertainment districts and take in panoramic views of the Kobe cityscape.

Don't Miss

    The beauty and tranquility of Koyasan and the Kumano Kodo trails in Wakayama
    Nara's UNESCO World Heritage sites
    Osaka's piping-hot takoyaki—fried balls of batter stuffed with octopus
    The peaceful waters of Japan's largest lake, Lake Biwa, in Shiga

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