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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

TOHOKU Miyagi The gateway to Tohoku

Miyagi offers some of Japan's most iconic natural scenery, hot spring resorts and historical attractions along with a festival that draws millions each year

Miyagi's natural attractions include Matsushima, known as one of the three most beautiful sites in Japan, Zao with its rich natural environment, and Minami Sanriku Kinkasan Quasi-National Park that leads to the saw-toothed mountains of Sanriku Fukko National Park. Throughout the prefecture are natural hot spring resorts such as Akiu Onsen, Sakunami Onsen and Naruko Onsen. In the city of Sendai, a former castle town, sightseeing spots abound, such as Zuihoden, the mausoleum of warlord Masamune Date, who built the castle town, and the ruins of Sendai Castle. You might also consider a visit to the mysterious Zao Fox Village, with foxes roaming freely, and the opportunity to hold a fox kit. The Tanabata Festival, held at the beginning of August, attracts more than two million spectators. Visit Miyagi's majestic coastline to sample fresh seafood from some of Japan's most fertile fishing grounds.

How to Get There

You can go from Tokyo to the capital city of Sendai in an hour and a half via the JR Tohoku Shinkansen. Fly domestic from Osaka and Sapporo or standard airlines from Hiroshima, Kobe, Fukuoka and Nagoya. You'll reach Miyagi in just one or two hours.

From Tokyo, take the Komachi, Hayabusa or Hayate shinkansen trains. You'll arrive in Sendai in just over an hour and a half. The slower Yamabiko trains take about two hours. Sendai Airport offers an increasing number of domestic and international flights with competitive prices. Direct low cost carrier (LCC) flights from Taiwan, Osaka and or Sapporo are most popular. However, most larger Japanese cities, such as Nagoya, Okinawa and Hiroshima, are also connected. Local trains and highway or night buses from Tokyo are the cheapest option, each taking about five to six hours. Buses allow a relatively comfortable seat, stop at rest areas, and there is no need to transfer, while the series of local trains offer unmatched views of the Japanese countryside.

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    Matsushima Bay, widely considered one of the Japan’s greatest scenic spots
    Seasonal cherry blossoms, autumn leaves and fantastical “snow monsters”
    Cuteness overload at Cat Island or Fox Village
    Soaking in the healing waters of some of Japan's best mountain hot springs

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  • Spring

    The “Echo Line” road reopens, still flanked by walls of snow, while over 1,000 cherry trees burst into color along the Shiroshi River.

  • Summer

    Miyagi is at its liveliest, with a famous island-dotted bay, towering waterfall, the nation’s largest cooking pot, Cat Island and a Tanabata festival all compete for your attention.

  • Autumn

    Fall means leaves aflame with color blanketing Naruko Gorge, warming up in the prefecture's many hot springs and dancing to the music of the Jozenji-dori Street Jazz Festival.

  • Winter

    The frigid cold turns trees into fantastical “snow monsters” and Fox Village is enveloped in white. Holiday illuminations brighten the nights, and wallets lighten at bargain sales.

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