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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
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

SHIZUOKA Mt Fuji (Shizuoka) Discover great lakes, resorts, onsen and outdoor recreational possibilities around Japan’s most fabled peak

Discover great lakes, resorts, onsen and outdoor recreational possibilities around Japan's most fabled peak

Visible from hundreds of kilometers away yet only a short bullet train ride from Tokyo, Mt. Fuji draws visitors from the world over who come to see and sometimes climb the famous peak. What many travelers don't know is that there are other natural attractions, fantastic recreational possibilities, historic sites and shopping options around the base of this iconic mountain.

To the north, for example, the Fuji Five Lakes are a regular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, particularly people into trekking and water sports. The vast Asagiri Highland region to the west offers similar options. And onsen are scattered throughout the area, many with magnificent views of the mountain.

For something completely different, head to nearby Gotemba , site of Japan's biggest premium outlet shopping mall.

Don't Miss

  • Shiraito Falls—one of the most scenic and unusual waterfalls in Japan
  • Soaking in an onsen with a view of Japan's iconic peak
  • Fuji Shaboten Zoo, a quirky mix of zoo and cactus preserve
  • The Asagiri Highland area for outdoor pursuits

How to Get There

Mt. Fuji and its environs are reachable by bus, train, car and air.

Trains from major stations along the Tokaido Shinkansen route—including Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka—run to Shizuoka and Shin-Fuji stations, and slower trains go to Fuji, Fujinomiya and Gotemba stations.

Many highway buses connect Tokyo and Shizuoka as well as individual sightseeing spots around Mt. Fuji. Buses operate between Shin-Fuji, Fujinomiya and the Fuji Five Lakes stations, stopping at sights such as Shiraito Falls along the way. Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport, handles flights from Sapporo, Okinawa, Fukuoka and Kagoshima, as well as international destinations such as Seoul, Taipei and a few major cities in China.

Quick Facts

Many people scale Mt. Fuji at night to see the sunrise, known as goraiko

Mt. Fuji's original crater is known as Yukyu, or "Shrine of the Depths"

Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha was built to appease an angry Mt. Fuji

The nearby Gotemba Premium Outlets shopping complex is Japan's largest

Staying cool at the Fuji Five Lakes, and other amusements

People head for the Mt. Fuji area in droves throughout the year, but the traffic is especially high in summer as urbanites escape the city heat and humidity. The Fuji Five Lakes arrayed around the northern side of the mountain—Kawaguchiko , Saiko, Yamanakako, Shojiko and Motosuko—are prime water sport, cycling and hiking destinations. You'll find onsen, amusement parks like Fuji-Q Highland and the most-trafficked trail up Mt. Fuji on the Yamanashi side as well.

Nature shows off all year here

With cherry blossoms and azaleas in the spring, lavender and hydrangeas in the summer, colored leaves in the fall and snowfall in the winter, the mountain's skirts are constantly changing color. No matter when you're visiting, the Mt. Fuji area will be showcasing some of Japan's most beautiful scenery.

Culture ancient and modern

The venerable Sengen shrines associated with Mt. Fuji draw a constant stream of visitors, and are a traditional starting point for climbing the mountain. A 15-minute walk from Fujinomiya Station, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha 's origins date back over 10 centuries, although the current structures were built in the 17th century.

Located east of the mountain, Fuji Speedway , presents a modern contrast. Site of many major auto-racing events, the speedway can be reached via bus from Gotemba Station.

The Gotemba Premium Outlets, one of Japan's flagship shopping discount malls and boasting over 200 stores, is a more recent attraction in the area.

Southern charms and summer outdoor fun

On the Shizuoka side of Mt. Fuji , you can explore natural phenomena such as Shiraito Falls and Asagiri Highland. Shiraito Falls is one of the area's most mesmerizing attractions, formed from Mt. Fuji snowmelt and named for its cascading “silken thread” waters that fall from a 20-meter-high cliff spanning 150 meters.

Asagiri Highland—Asagiri means “morning mist”—is a popular summer resort with broad meadows, dairy farms, camping sites, golf courses and paragliding schools. Lake Tanuki here is a prime spot for cycling, camping and fishing.

Animals on parade, and cacti

Situated just south of Mt. Fuji, Fuji Safari Park is a popular wildlife reserve and park where the animals roam free in environments that approximate their natural habitat. You can observe the creatures—including lions, tigers, bears, giraffes, cheetahs, elephants, rhinoceroses, zebras and bison—from private vehicles or special buses, and on a nature trail.

Fuji Shaboten Zoo is another fun possibility—an odd combination of a zoo and a cactus garden—that's especially good if you're traveling with kids, since many of the animals can be touched and even held.

Making Shizuoka tourism greener

You've got more green tourism options thanks to an initiative called Fuji-no-Kuni, meaning “Mt. Fuji Country.” Shizuoka Prefecture has over 50 locations where you can try your hand at various arts and crafts, participate in outdoor excursions and experience a traditional Japanese inn or restaurant.

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