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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
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 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
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare 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
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving 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
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
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 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

TOKAI Aichi Proud samurai foothold and manufacturing powerhouse

Known as the home of Toyota, also visit Aichi for its samurai history, unique local foods, great nightlife, rustic beauty and distinctive arts and crafts

From being the stronghold of legendary shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa and the scene of many epic feudal battles to hosting the World Cosplay Summit, Aichi Prefecture has a long and varied history. An integral contributor to Japan's manufacturing and technological strength, Aichi is most famous as the headquarters of Toyota Motors, but companies such as Noritake and Brother Industries also call Aichi home. Animators Studio Ghibli are slated to open a theme park in the prefecture in 2022.

How to Get There

Located in the middle of Honshu, Nagoya is a key transportation hub. Bullet trains there takes only 35 and 55 minutes from Kyoto and Osaka, respectively, and an hour and 40 minutes from Tokyo. Aichi hosts two airports, with Nagoya Airport mostly handling domestic flights and Centrair, international travel.

Well serviced by JR and private railways such as Meitetsu, Aichi Prefecture offers a robust transport network and convenient train and bus access to neighboring prefectures such as Gifu and Mie. Private and highway buses are cheaper options for those traveling from major cities.

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    Fried chicken wings, hatcho miso sauce, funky foodstuffs and other ""B-class"" cuisine
    Chausuyama Kogen, a ski resort boasting two kilometers of slopes
    Lively and entertaining New Year’s celebrations at Osu Kannon
    Inuyama Castle, the oldest original castle in Japan, and overlooking the Kiso River

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  • Spring

    Cherry blossom season means time to visit places like Tsuruma Park, the Yamazaki River and Inuyama Castle for the fleeting show of Japan's most famous blooms.

  • Summer

    Distract yourself from the increasingly steamy weather with fireworks and dance festivals, the World Cosplay Summit, the Nagoya Basho sumo tournament and cormorant fishing.

  • Autumn

    See rare shikizakura cherry blossoms in Obara blooming against a backdrop of fabulous fall foliage, watch float-filled festivals celebrating samurai and ninja prefecture wide.

  • Winter

    Visit Osu Kannon in Nagoya for spectacular New Year’s festivities, see the Naked Festival at Konomiya Shrine, or head to the hills for some snow.

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