Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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 Kanagawa Cosmopolitan urban life, cutting edge fashion shopping at the frontier of Japan meeting the west

Kanagawa is Japan in a nutshell—from Yokohama’s contemporary joie de vivre to Kamakura’s medieval temples and traditions to Hakone’s alpine beauty and onsen, there’s something for everyone here

Kanagawa Prefecture is within easy reach of Tokyo, making it a popular destination for visitors and Tokyoites alike. Yokohama’s history as the foreign settlement from the 19th century onward gives it a cosmopolitan air. In among the flashy shopping malls and shiny towers that make the skyline one of the most beautiful in Japan hides a laid-back, friendly town. Further down the coast, Kamakura is packed with temples that connect modern Japan with its spiritual past but also provide stunning scenery all year. Hakone, the mountain pass that once separated the Shogun’s capital in Tokyo from the Emperor’s court in Kyoto, is now a must-visit spot for views of Mt. Fuji and relaxing onsen. The wild landscape of Owakudani—accessible via the Hakone Ropeway—will have you convinced you're on another planet entirely.

How to Get There

Kanagawa is accessible via the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya and beyond as well as regular JR trains, highway bus and car.

Shin-Yokohama is the shinkansen hub for Kanagawa, but if you’re coming from Tokyo then the regular JR Line is easier and cheaper, taking just 30 minutes on the JR Yokosuka Line. Kamakura is another 30 minutes down the same track. From Tokyo, Kawasaki is 20 minutes along the JR Tokaido Line, and reaching Hakone requires a shinkansen to Odawara and then the Hakone Tozan Railway to the final stop. From Yokohama, Kanagawa and Kawasaki, local train lines and buses radiate out. Haneda Airport is very close by—just over the border into Tokyo—and is easily reachable from Kanagawa.

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    The Great Buddha of Kamakura, Zen temples and traditional samurai festivals
    White-sand beaches, clear waters and rugged coastlines, and the island of Enoshima
    Vestiges of Yokohama’s foreign settlement, red brick buildings and cosmopolitan shopping and cuisine
    One of Japan’s premier open-air art museums and local artisanal crafts
    Hiking, mountain views and some of the best onsen in Japan

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  • Spring

    When the cherry blossoms appear and festival season starts, the temples of Kamakura and the parks of Yokohama are the places to be.

  • Summer

    The beaches along the Kanagawa coast and the ever-popular island of Enoshima draw visitors from Tokyo’s concrete heat, while others escape the humidity completely by going to Hakone.

  • Autumn

    The autumn leaves in and around Hakone are simply staggering and a must-see. Elsewhere the samurai festival in Kamakura draws crowds.

  • Winter

    Hakone can be a bit cold, but onsen waters will warm bones and hearts, and the views of snow-capped Mt. Fuji and temples and shrines are what cameras were made to capture. Winter illuminations at many leisure spots add to the charm of the season.