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

KYUSHU Nagasaki Nagasaki; a wonderland of culture

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

Nagasaki Prefecture is a tropical haven that boasts unspoiled beaches and island getaways surrounded by crystal-clear seas that draw swimmers, divers, sea kayakers and other ocean adventure fans. The island of Tsushima attracts eco-tourists with its flora and fauna. Nagasaki is also famous for its rolling hills, which offer an abundance of flowers and breathtaking views, and for famous hot springs such as Unzen, that are heated by the area's volcanoes. Close to Korea and China, influenced by various cultures and a key trading center, Nagasaki has become one of Japan’s most-loved destinations—a culturally and historically rich region with tombs and ruins dating back to the third century BC.

How to Get There

There are many ways to get to Nagasaki. If you are traveling by air, flying to Fukuoka and Nagasaki are your best options. You can book bus tickets from either one that will take you directly to the city of Nagasaki. Alternatively, you can catch the bullet train all the way from Tokyo to the city of Fukuoka. From here you have two options: catch a bus or ride the Kamome limited express to Nagasaki Station.

If you are travelling to Nagasaki from Fukuoka, you can either catch a bus or ride the Kamome from Hakata or Tenjin stations. If you are looking to catch a ferry to any of the Goto Islands, purchase a ticket from Ohato terminal, which is located just behind Yume Saito, a popular shopping mall. To get around Nagasaki, take the tram that goes to all the tourist spots for just 120 yen.

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    The beautiful beaches of the Goto Islands, offering delicious fresh seafood, stunning nature and breathtaking beaches
    Relaxing on Dejima Wharf, watching the sun go down with an array of foods and drink
    Scaling Mt. Inasa for one of the top three night views in all of Japan,
    Fuku no Yu—Nagasaki’s most popular hot spring resort—offering outdoor bathing and fish pedicures

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  • Spring

    Welcome to the season of tulips, cherry blossoms and lantern-covered hills. During spring, Nagasaki turns into a dream-like floral wonderland.

  • Summer

    Experience true island life at Nagasaki’s various oceanside festivals. Dine on special spiny lobsters and watch Peron boats race under the summer sun.

  • Autumn

    Noh, Yosakoi, the beautiful and death-defying acrobatics of Takengi—Autumn is Nagasaki’s season of culture, where every corner of this little prefecture comes to life.

  • Winter

    Nagasaki is aglow with the light of thousands of lanterns. Church concerts in Kamigoto resound all over the island, and grass in the hills of Kawachi-Toge Pass is burned off, creating a red-hot spectacle.

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