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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
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

TOCHIGI Nasu

A prime hot spring, hiking and ski getaway with artisanal cheese and microbrews

In the northern corner of Tochigi lies the Nasu Highlands, a quiet mountainous area that is the perfect getaway from the bustle of Tokyo. At the center of the area is Mt. Nasu, actually a cluster of volcanic mountains that is home to some of the region's premier hot springs. When you're finished at the hot springs, enjoy the natural beauty of Mt. Nasu on one of its many hiking trails.

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  • Fantastic hiking and gorgeous views around Mt. Nasu
  • Some of Japan's most popular hot springs
  • Winter sports fun for all ages and levels

How to Get There

The JR Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station will get you to Nasushiobara Station in 70 minutes. From Nasushiobara Station, you can use local buses to access various destinations in the Nasu area.

Exploring the Tochigi forests

The Nasu area boasts some of the most beautiful forests in the Kanto region. Hiking trails lead you to various waterfalls on Mt. Nasu. Suspension bridges on the lower slopes of the mountain provide an easy way to enjoy the natural scenery. During the fall season, the slopes of Mt. Nasu put on an impressive display of autumn colors.

Fall colors at Heisei-no-Mori

Nasu is a popular hiking destination, with trails for all experience levels. A ropeway ride followed by a 45-minute hike takes you to the summit of Mt. Nasu. If you're up to the challenge, you can climb Asahi or Chausa peak to see spectacular views of Nikko National Park.

Hot springs and mountain views

Nasu is known all over Japan for its hot springs. The two most famous hot spring destinations are the Nasu Onsen and Shiobara Onsen villages. Both villages offer an array of premier onsen with stunning mountain views.

Shiobara Hot Springs Village

The local eats and drinks

The Nasu area produces large amounts of dairy, second only to Hokkaido. Cheese Garden Gohokan is a popular shop and café known for its dairy products. Be sure to try the famous soft-serve ice cream and the special cheesecake.

Nasu Kogen Beer's brewery has put Nasu on the map for craft beers. The brewery was founded by a furniture making family in 1996 who learned their brewing techniques in Germany. Every year at the end of September, a beer festival is held at the brewery. Microbreweries are hard to come by in Japan, so this is a must-visit for any beer enthusiast.

Winter sports at Nasu

Hunter Mountain Shiobara is a ski area located on the western slopes of Mt. Takahara. From the top of the slopes you get a beautiful panoramic view of the mountains of northern Tochigi. There are slopes for all experience levels and play areas for children. The resort is open all year but the winter sports season is from December to April.

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