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DESTINATION Tokai

Served by the shinkansen between Tokyo and Kyoto, the Tokai region features both world-renowned destinations and underexplored gems

Possibly the most quintessentially Japanese of all the country's regions, the five prefectures that comprise Tokai mix ancient heritage, modern industry and stunning nature. Mt. Fuji, flanked by the hot springs of Hakone and the Fuji Five Lakes, is one of the world's most iconic peaks. Tokai both embraces the past and looks toward the future with World Heritage site Shirakawa-go and its thatched-roof cottages, the nation's biggest green tea plantations, Toyota Motor Corp. and Ise-jingu, the most revered shrine in Japan.

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  • Mt. Fuji—Japan's most iconic mountain
  • The picturesque mountain town of Takayama and nearby Shirakawa-go
  • Japan's most sacred shrine, Ise-jingu
  • White sand beaches and relaxed atmosphere in the Izu Peninsula

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