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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

KANTO Chiba Sweeping shorelines, mountains to explore, and colorful fields of flowers

Chiba has unspoiled beaches, stunning natural landscapes and plenty of stellar tourist attractions, including Japan’s two Disney resorts and the historic Edo town of Sawara

Located just outside of Tokyo, Chiba is a peninsula best known for being the home of Japan’s two Disney resorts, but the area is overflowing with spots of natural beauty both inland and by the sea on both coasts. Stretching 66 kilometers along Chiba’s coast is Kujukurihama Beach, Japan's longest stretch of sandy coastline, which offers ideal conditions for watersports. Heading deeper inland, there’s plenty to explore, including a number of spacious parks and towering Mt. Nokogiri, with its "Hell Peak Point." Chiba also has Japan's main international airport, Narita, making it the first entry point for most travelers.

How to Get There

Chiba is easily accessible from Tokyo on the JR Keiyo Line from Tokyo Station or the JR Sobu Line from various stations. Narita International Airport, Japan’s main international airport, is located in Chiba.

The JR Sobu Line travels through several of Tokyo’s main stations, including Shinjuku, Tokyo and Akihabara. From Chiba Station, you can access many of Chiba’s attractions via the local train network. The Keiyo Line, which stretches around the bay and connects Tokyo to Chiba’s main attractions like the Disney resorts and the Makuhari Messe Exhibition Center. There are also buses that go directly from Tokyo stations Chiba Station, Soga Station, Tokyo Disney Resort, and other areas in Chiba. You can use the Japan Rail Pass for JR train lines.

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    Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, the latter of which is unique to Japan
    Swimming, windsurfing, diving and more at Chiba's fine beaches
    Travel back in time at the historic towns of Sawara and Boso-no-Mura
    Soak up the beauty of Shinsho-ji Temple and Naritasan Park in Narita

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Seasonal Highlights

  • Spring

    In spring, blooming flowers flood Chiba and bathe the parks and mountains with riots of color. It's one of the best times to hike along any of area's famous trails.

  • Summer

    Chiba boasts some of Japan's best beaches and watersports hot spots, and outdoor festivals also make it an ideal summertime destination.

  • Autumn

    During the autumn, the forested river valleys and hillsides of Chiba are filled with brilliant hues of orange, red and gold.

  • Winter

    The mild winter in Chiba offers plenty of holiday celebrations and illuminations, as well as Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, one of Japan's most popular shrines to visit on New Year's Eve.