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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
Shinetsu
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

AKITA Hachimantai Nature at its most vibrant, with lush virgin forests, stunning mountains and pure air

Nature at its most vibrant, with lush virgin forests, stunning mountains and pure air

The alpine area of Hachimantai combines pristine forests, snow-capped mountains and marshes full of wildflowers. The area offers picture-perfect views in vivid colors year round, along with outdoor pursuits and hot spring resorts to help you relax and unwind.

Tips

  • Soaking in rustic hot springs with alpine views
  • Walking through flower-filled marshes and virgin forests
  • Guided snowshoe trekking through the backcountry

How to Get There

The main access point into the Hachimantai area is from Morioka City in Iwate.

The JR Tohoku Shinkansen connects Tokyo with Morioka in 2.5 hours. The JR Tokaido Shinakansen and JR Tohoku Shinakansen connects Shin-Osaka with Morioka in five hours, with a transfer in Tokyo.

From Morioka, Mt. Hachimantai can be reached by bus or car, roughly 110 minutes one-way. Note that the mountain is impassable from early November to late April, when an elevated section of the road is closed.

Explore a majestic mountain

Partially straddling Iwate and Akita prefectures, flat-topped Mt. Hachimantai is the jewel of Towada-Hachimantai National Park. At 1,613 meters and the third-highest mountain in the area, it offers stunning panoramas from its viewing platform at the summit.

Bathe in natural beauty

A great base from which to explore the area, Hachimantai Hot Springs has long been a haven for locals and travelers alike. The baths offer unmatched views of Mt. Iwate and the Ou Mountain Range, particularly during fall when the leaves turn gold and copper.

Untouched natural beauty

The location of some of Japan's last virgin beech forests, the Hachimantai area offers a number of woodland walking paths in which to enjoy the ecosystem up close. Look out for local plant life among radiant green marshes, such as Japanese skunk cabbage and yellow alpine lilies.

From walking trails to winter sports

In spring, summer and autumn, the marshlands are easy to explore along wooden boardwalks. In winter, the landscape transforms into a wintery wonderland. Join a snowshoe hiking trek for deeper exploration, or take full advantage of the powder snow by going skiing and snowboarding.