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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 Gunma Relax in some of Japan’s most revered hot springs

Ringed by mountain ranges, Gunma is a natural adventure playground with countless hot springs and Japan's biggest producer of "good luck" daruma dolls

Gunma sits at the center of Japan, almost entirely surrounded by mountains and volcanoes that create the perfect environment for hot springs, skiing and other outdoor adventures all season round. A major draw is Kusatsu Onsen, one of Japan’s most famous hot spring resorts. The mountain slopes of Gunma boast breathtaking views that must be seen to be believed, and there are over 20 ski resorts with slopes ranging from beginner to expert. In the warmer months, outdoor adventurers flock to Gunma's mountains, lakes and rivers for rafting, canyoning, canoeing and hiking in areas such as Oze and Lake Shima.

How to Get There

Gunma Prefecture is accessible via bullet train from Tokyo Station or Ueno Station in Tokyo. Alternatively, there are cheaper local train lines that connect you to the area.

From Tokyo, catch the Joetsu Shinkansen to Takasaki Station in Gunma, which will take around 50 minutes. From Takasaki Station, you can take local train lines or buses to your desired location. For local destinations, take the Takasaki Line heading for Maebashi. This local train ride will take over 90 minutes depending on your final stop.

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Seasonal Highlights

  • Spring

    Spring sees Gunma sprinkled in shades of red and white thanks to the hundreds of thousands of ume (Japanese plum) trees that cover the area. They are closely followed by the cherry blossoms, with festivals celebrating both.

  • Summer

    Gunma is a festival hub and outdoor sport haven during the warm summer months. Celebrations featuring fireworks, flowers and cultural activities like the Numata Festival and Yagi Bushi attract countless visitors.

  • Autumn

    Watch the landscape light up with fiery shades of red, gold and yellow as the autumn leaves around Kusatsu, Mt. Akagi and Takatsudokyo Gorge transform during fall. Festivals celebrating roses, sunflowers and cosmos flowers add even more color, as do events like the Fox Wedding in Minowa and Isezaki Fireworks.

  • Winter

    In winter, head for the numerous ski resorts of Gunma and be dazzled by the seasonal illuminations lighting up the fresh, powdery snow, including Oigami Onsen's Yuki Hotaru display, featuring tiny snow huts filled with lanterns to create an ethereal glow.