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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
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

KYUSHU Fukuoka A beautiful seaside prefecture that contains the best of Japan

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

Fukuoka Prefecture has the Genkai Sea to the north and Kyushu's mountainous heartland to the south. Its most famous attraction is Dazaifu Tenmangu, a shrine dedicated to the legendary scholar and politician Michizane Sugawara and home to over 6,000 plum trees that blossom spectacularly each spring. The prefecture’s specialties include sushi and other seafood dishes, tonkotsu (pork broth) ramen, best enjoyed at a local yatai or food stall, as well as yakitori (grilled skewers) and motsunabe hot pot in the winter.

How to Get There

Fukuoka Prefecture is well connected by both rail and air. Hakata Station is the prefecture’s main rail hub, and is the final stop on the JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen line that links Fukuoka City to Hiroshima, Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto and Tokyo. Fukuoka City is blessed with one of the country’s most convenient airports, just a six-minute subway ride from the airport’s domestic terminal to Hakata Station, and 12 minutes to the center of town. Fukuoka City’s Hakata Port is also well connected to Busan in South Korea and to many of Kyushu’s smaller islands.

Fukuoka City is the prefecture’s main transport hub, and from here you can easily board a train, bus or ferry that will take you to the rest of the prefecture and to other places in Kyushu. The JR Pass gives you access to all JR trains leaving Hakata Station. The Nishitetsu Group runs most of the local public transport and offers seasonal passes aimed at visitors to get around both Fukuoka City and Fukuoka Prefecture. Trains to Hiroshima and Nagasaki from Fukuoka City take a little over an hour each, while Tokyo is accessible by air (two hours) or bullet train (six hours). Fukuoka is also very accessible from Southeast Asia—well connected by air to South Korea, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Taipei.

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    The annual plum blossom display at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, and historical exhibitions at nearby Kyushu National Museum
    Fukuoka City’s largest festivals, the grand Dontaku Parade each May and dawn races at the Hakata Gion Matsuri
    Itoshima Peninsula’s seaside culture: sandy white beaches, stunning waterfalls, music festivals and an active surf scene
    Luxurious boat rides through the canals of Yanagawa, and a meal of fresh, tender local eel

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Seasonal Highlights

  • Spring

    Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine turns into Japan’s best spot for ume, plum blossoms, with an enormous display of 6,000 trees in flower. Cherry blossoms and tulips soon follow, bringing the entire prefecture to life.

  • Summer

    The outdoors reign supreme. Locals leave the city for barbecues and beaches on Itoshima Peninsula or head to the mountains to enjoy the cooler air at altitude. Yatai culture is at its peak, and it is an ideal time to dine at one of these outdoor food stalls.

  • Autumn

    The weather is at its most enjoyable as Fukuoka takes on autumn hues, particularly the leaves on Mt. Hiko. The little island of Nokonoshima has one of the prefecture’s best displays of cosmos flowers.

  • Winter

    Locals often settle down to a steaming bowl of motsunabe, a local stew that warms to the core. Take in Fukuoka's winter illumination, cruise through Yanagawa's canals under a heated kotatsu blanket, or head out to Itoshima to sample winter oysters at one of the many kakigoya oyster huts.