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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 Kagoshima A land of volcanoes, onsen and ancient cedar trees

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

At the southern tip of mainland Japan, Kagoshima Prefecture is nicknamed the “Naples of the Eastern world” for its bay and comfortable climate. The prefecture is an incredibly active one geologically, and is home to the great volcanoes of Mt. Kirishima and Mt. Sakurajima. The beneficial side effect of these volcanoes is a number of fantastic onsen facilities that range from traditional baths to beachside sand baths in the shadow of Sakurajima. Island life is a huge part of Kagoshima Prefecture, and any visitor should consider spending as much time as possible in the islands that make up the offshore part of the prefecture.

How to Get There

The city of Kagoshima is the capital and main transport hub, connected to the rest of Kyushu by the Kyushu Shinkansen to Fukuoka’s Hakata Station. The prefecture is home to Kyushu’s second-largest airport, Kagoshima Airport, which connects it both regionally, domestically and internationally.

The fastest way to reach Kagoshima from Tokyo or Osaka is by air, although the Tokaido Shinkansen also reaches Fukuoka in a little over five hours. Many of the islands off the coast between Kagoshima and Okinawa have their own airports, which are accessible from Kagoshima Airport. The islands are also well connected to both Kagoshima and Okinawa (Naha) by regular ferry services.

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    The magnificent views of Mt. Sakurajima rising out of Kagoshima Bay
    The ancient World Heritage forests of Yakushima
    Pristine beaches and stunning coral reefs around the Amami Oshima Islands
    Japan's main rocket launchpad, Tanegashima Island Space Center

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Seasonal Highlights

  • Spring

    Kagoshima Castle is filled with cherry blossoms, and people head for the primeval forests of Yakushima while temperatures are comfortable and there is little rainfall.

  • Summer

    Kagoshima offers some of Japan's best spots for water sports, including diving, snorkeling and surfing at Amami Oshima and its surrounding islands. Hike through the green depths of Yakushima and see the turtles nesting on the beach at Nagahata Inakahama.

  • Autumn

    Watch as tens of thousands of cranes sweep in to the Izumi Crane Observation Center. Enjoy a volcanic sand bath at the onsen resort of Ibusuki or hike up the dormant volcano Mt. Kaimon.

  • Winter

    Winter is the perfect time to soak in the soothing waters of Kirishima Onsen, home to over a dozen different hot spring baths. Sample local delights such as kurobuta, black pork, and sweet potatoes in the food markets of Kagoshima City.

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