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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
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

Recovery updates in local areas of Western Japan

Updated: August 7, 2018

As for The heavy Rain Event of July 2018, many tourism facilities in western Japan have resumed regular operations and welcoming tourists. Details will be renewed and added from time to time, so please check the latest updates on each website.

Area Information

Hiroshima Prefecture

While some accommodation and tourist facilities in Hiroshima Prefecture were affected by the torrential rains, the Peace Memorial Park and Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) in central Hiroshima, Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine in Hatsukaichi City, Tomonoura in Fukuyama City, Shimanami Kaido in Onomichi City, Okunoshima Island in Takehara City, Hiroshima Miyoshi Winery in Miyoshi City, Kaguramonzentoujimura in Aki Takata City, and Bihoku Hillside Park in Shobara City are currently operating as usual.
In terms of access by expressways, while sections of the Hiroshima-Kure Road has been closed, the Sanyo Expressway, the Chugoku Expressway, and Chugoku Yamanami Kaido Expressway are open to traffic.
While the operation of trains on some JR-West railway lines has been suspended, the Sanyo Shinkansen is operating as usual. In some suspended sections, bus services are available as an alternate form of transportation.
Hiroshima Prefecture FB https://www.facebook.com/visithiroshima
SETOUCHI Tourism Authority http://setouchitrip.com/media

Ehime Prefecture

While some accommodation and tourist facilities in Ehime Prefecture were affected by the heavy rains, Dogo Onsen, Matsuyama Castle, the Shimanami Kaido Expressway area, and other tourist facilities in the prefecture are in general operating as usual.
Access by expressways within Shikoku and between Shikoku and Honshu has been ensured.
While the operation of trains on some sections of JR-West railways has been suspended, services are available as an alternate form of transportation.

Kyoto Prefecture

While some accommodation and tourist facilities in Kyoto Prefecture were affected by the torrential rains, most are operating as usual.
All JR lines are operating as usual in Kyoto Prefecture. While the operation of trains on some sections of the Kyoto Tango Railway has been suspended, bus services are available as an alternate form of transportation. Also, express buses from Keihanshin to major cities such as Miyazu, Maizuru, and Fukuchiyama are operating as usual.
All routes on the Kyoto-Jukan Expressway are open to traffic and access by roads has been ensured.

Okayama Prefecture

While some accommodation and tourist facilities in Okayama Prefecture were affected by the torrential rains, facilities in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter of Kurashiki City and the area around Mt. Washuzan, Okayama Korakuen and Okayama Castle in Okayama City are operating as usual, and access by expressways has been ensured.
While the operation of trains on some sections of JR-West railways has been suspended, the Sanyo Shinkansen is operating as usual.
For more information:
https://www.facebook.com/okayama.eng
https://www.okayama-japan.jp/en/

Takayama and Hida Region in Gifu Prefecture

Regular and replacement busses provide alternative routes to get to the area in replacement of JR Takayama Line which have been affected the heavy rains. However, please note that you might not be able to have a seat on the replacement bus due to limited number of seats.
Taking alternative routes at the following URLs (rail passes and tickets that can be used on JR Takayama line are NOT covered) would highly be recommendable for your comfortable travel even if you have one of the effective rail passes.
- The regular service of JR Takayama Line between Nagoya / Gifu and Takayama / Sakaue via Gero is set to resume from August 11th.
- Nagaragawa Railway has started to provide reduced train service on entire line from August 1st. Recommendable to check the timetable before your departure at your nearest Tourist Information Center.

Tottori Prefecture

Accommodation and tourist facilities in Tottori Prefecture have not been affected by the torrential rains,and are operating as usual.
Routes on expressways are open to traffic and accessible as usual. While the operation of trains on some JR-West railway lines has been suspended, the San-in Line and the Chizu Express Chizu Line are operating as usual.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/tottoritouren/

Hyogo Prefecture

While some accommodation and tourist facilities in Hyogo Prefecture were affected by the torrential rains, most are operating as usual. Some limited express trains etc. which have been suspended are resuming operations sequentially.

Yamaguchi Prefecture

Most tourist facilities in Yamaguchi Prefecture except for some are operating as usual. Access by expressways is available as usual.
The Sanyo Shinkansen and many conventional lines in Yamaguchi Prefecture are operating as usual. While the operation of trains on some JR-West railway lines and Nishikigawa Tetudou has been suspended, bus services are available as an alternate form of transportation.
For more information:
Yamaguchi Prefecture(Only Japanese) http://www.pref.yamaguchi.lg.jp/cms/a16200/shisetunojyoukyo/201807260001.html
Disaster Yamaguchi https://www.facebook.com/tottoritouren/
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Business Operations

Below attractions and tourist facilities are open and operating as usual.

Osaka

Kobe

Kyoto

Okayama

Tokushima

Hiroshima

Yamaguchi

Updates by local prefectures

Below are updates announced by local prefectures and tourist offices in English, as of 18 July.

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