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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
Shinetsu
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

Wired for fun, Ikebukuro offers offbeat pop culture surprises, and lovely gardens

Among Tokyo’s busiest districts, Ikebukuro is a cornucopia of entertainment facilities old and new. Nineteenth century strolling gardens, the vast Sunshine City with its aquarium in the sky, and anime and video game theme shops and cafes all contribute to Ikebukuro’s bustling and quirky atmosphere.

Don't Miss

  • Gazing out over Tokyo from Sunshine 60’s observation deck
  • Strolling through classic Rikugien Garden
  • Watching seals frolic in a donut-shaped tank hanging overhead

How to Get There

Ikebukuro is well serviced by subway and local train lines.

The following lines stop at Ikebukuro Station: JR Yamanote, Shonan-Shinjuku and Saikyo lines, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi, Yurakucho and Fukutoshin lines, Tobu-Tojo Line and Seibu-Ikebukuro Line.

Jaw-dropping views with a twist

Located at the commercial and entertainment mecca of Sunshine City, the Sunshine 60 building’s top floor observation deck offers a panoramic view of Tokyo. Known as the “Sky Circus,” it hosts seven zones featuring an array of zany experiences. Try walking through an enormous kaleidoscope, or riding the Tokyo Cannonball Flight for a virtual tour of the future.

An oasis in the sky

Located on the top floors of Sunshine City’s World Import Mart Building, Sunshine Aquarium prides itself in being an “oasis in the sky.” It features an array of marine life in a setting like no other. Stroll through a corridor surrounded by jellyfish in illuminated tanks, and watch seals frolic in the Sunshine Aqua Ring, a donut-shaped aquarium that hangs overhead.

Wander exquisite Japanese gardens

The spectacular Rikugien and Kyu-Furukawa Gardens, both in Ikebukuro, are well worth taking some time to explore.

Rikugien is a classic Japanese garden that features a central pond and walking trails. It’s especially charming in the spring when the cherry trees come into bloom, and in the fall when its maple trees turn a blaze of color.

Kyu-Furukawa Garden features both Western and Japanese-style gardens. If you visit in May you'll be rewarded with a landscape bursting with roses in bloom.

Explore the world of traditional Japanese paper

Traditional Japanese mulberry paper known as washi has gained popularity outside Japan over the years, particularly in the form of the decorative washi tape. With a wide collection of washi and paper-related items, the Paper Museum is a must for lovers of traditional Japanese craftsmanship.

Watch a concert at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater

With a seating capacity of 1,999, enhanced acoustics, and a world-class pipe organ, you'll enjoy classical music to the fullest at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater’s concert hall. The theater also features a playhouse for dance and the performing arts and numerous art galleries. Visit for your fix of the arts while exploring Ikebukuro.

Celebrate Japanese pop culture at themed cafes and shops

Love Japanese anime, manga, or video games? Browse Ikebukuro’s multitude of shops overflowing with pop culture paraphernalia. Visit the district for cosplay shops, the J-world manga amusement park, Pokemon Center, and so much more. Themed venues like butler and cat cafes also thrive in the area.