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

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.