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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

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Kyushu

Nagasaki
Nagasaki Kyushu's far northwest region is famed for its forested islands, rolling hills, crystalline seas and hot springs heated by sleeping volcanoes, as well as its ancient cultural roots and international trade Kyushu's far northwest region is famed for its forested islands, rolling hills, crystalline seas and hot springs heated by sleeping volcanoes, as well as its ancient cultural roots and international trade
Saga
Saga A coastal prefecture with rural charm and dotted with islets, Saga faces the Korean Peninsula and was once a key trading center where Japan's pottery tradition originated A coastal prefecture with rural charm and dotted with islets, Saga faces the Korean Peninsula and was once a key trading center where Japan's pottery tradition originated
Fukuoka
Fukuoka With a northern shoreline made for water sports, a mountainous interior full of trails, history and culture reflecting its Asian port status and world-class seafood and ramen, Fukuoka is the preferred escape for many Japanese With a northern shoreline made for water sports, a mountainous interior full of trails, history and culture reflecting its Asian port status and world-class seafood and ramen, Fukuoka is the preferred escape for many Japanese
Oita
Oita With a rich artistic and spiritual heritage, stunning natural wonders like the Yabakei Gorge and the onsen meccas of Beppu and Yufuin, Oita is an unspoiled pocket of Japan worth serious exploration With a rich artistic and spiritual heritage, stunning natural wonders like the Yabakei Gorge and the onsen meccas of Beppu and Yufuin, Oita is an unspoiled pocket of Japan worth serious exploration
Kumamoto
Kumamoto Although best known for its castle, Kumamoto Prefecture offers numerous tourist attractions to tempt visitors of all sorts, including fascinating museums, lush parks and rustic onsen resorts Although best known for its castle, Kumamoto Prefecture offers numerous tourist attractions to tempt visitors of all sorts, including fascinating museums, lush parks and rustic onsen resorts
Miyazaki
Miyazaki Miyazaki's gorges and waterfalls were made for adventure, and you can hike around active volcanic craters and learn to surf here as well, when you're not at a festival or exploring a shrine associated with the myth of Japan's founding Miyazaki's gorges and waterfalls were made for adventure, and you can hike around active volcanic craters and learn to surf here as well, when you're not at a festival or exploring a shrine associated with the myth of Japan's founding
Kagoshima
Kagoshima From the beaches of Amami Oshima and ancient forests of Yakushima to the great volcanoes of Sakurajima and Kirishima, Kagoshima shows off Japan’s wild side From the beaches of Amami Oshima and ancient forests of Yakushima to the great volcanoes of Sakurajima and Kirishima, Kagoshima shows off Japan’s wild side

Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity

While the startup hub of Fukuoka bubbles with international attention, the volcanic terrain to the south continues to rumble and smoke. Japan's southern island of Kyushu offers you a taste of cutting-edge modernity and slow-paced living. Head south to explore an island bursting with spectacular nature, culture and cuisine.

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