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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

SHIKOKU Kochi Spectacular Pacific coast views

Facing the Pacific Ocean, Kochi is a rural hideout that captivates visitors with its stunning natural beauty, rustic charms and outdoor recreational possibilities

Kochi Prefecture’s location on the Pacific Ocean has made it a gathering place for surfers from all over Japan. Its unique geography has earned part of the coast UNESCO status, and led to the establishment of a geopark. The Shimanto River, regarded as one of the last naturally flowing rivers in Japan, draws campers and trekkers who are eager to spend time on its banks. Historical townscapes such as Kochi Castle and old sake breweries, traditional markets and railways in the region are nicely preserved and worth exploring.

How to Get There

Part of the island of Shikoku, Kochi is most easily accessed by plane, although bus and train connections are available as well.

From Tokyo, you can fly direct from Haneda Airport to Kochi Ryoma Airport; there are also direct flights to Kochi from Osaka's Itami Airport, Fukuoka Airport and Nagoya Airport. If you’d rather travel on land, catch the JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen from JR Shin-Osaka Station or JR Tokyo Station to JR Okayama Station. From Okayama Station you can make a bus connection to Kochi Station. There are also local train lines serving Kochi, such as the Tosa Kuroshio Railway.

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    The view of the Pacific from the coast of Kochi Prefecture
    Shimanto River, the longest river in Shikoku and a fantastic place to camp
    Hirome Market, Kochi’s culinary wonderland
    Kochi Castle, one of only 12 original castles in Japan still standing

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  • Spring

    During spring, Kochi comes alive with colorful blossoms, the peak of which is the Kochi Flower Festival in Chuo Park, home to an impressive array of over 40,000 flowers.

  • Summer

    The Yosakoi Festival is the highlight of Kochi’s warmer season, featuring 20,000 dancers and plenty of music and moves.

  • Autumn

    The Kochi Castle Autumn Festival is highlighted by a Shinto dance performance called Kagura dedicated to the gods. Time also for displays of archery from horseback.

  • Winter

    Kochi’s temperate winter season provides a welcome respite from Japan’s frigid winter, and people get outside for sports for both warm and cold seasons. The Kochi Castle Winter Festival runs in late December.

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