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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
Shinetsu
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

Travel safety tips surrounding The Heavy Rain Event of July 2018

Updated: July 19, 2018

Following record rainfall in the western part of Japan, details of The heavy Rain Event of July 2018 can be found on Japan Meteorological Agency website. Please check the latest information on each transportation website.

Airport

To/From Hiroshima, temporary buses are available between Hiroshima Airport and Higashi Hiroshima station until train/bus normal operations can be resumed. Other airports are mostly operating as usual, though there are some flight delays and cancellations due to the heavy rain. Further information is available on following websites.

Trains

Sanyo and Tokaido Shinkansen, and the trains in Kansai (including limited express Haruka), Hokuriku area are operated as usual. However, there are cancellations, delays and suspensions on some routes especially Chugoku and Shikoku area. Details can be found on following websites.

There are cancellations, delays and suspensions on these private railways.
Nagara River Railway Company (Gifu, Select a language from the language list on top of the page)
Kyoto Tango Railway (Only in Japanese)
Ibara Railway Company (Okayama, Only in Japanese)
Nishikigawa Tetudou (Yamaguchi, Only in Japanese)
Heisei Chikuho Railway (Fukuoka, Only in Japanese)

Highway

Some highways, such as Sanyo Expressway, Chugoku Express way, Kochi Expressway, Kyushu Expressway and Higashi Kyushu Expressway are closed due to the downpour. Select “SEARCH AREA” from the below website and check your availability.

Free WiFi Service for emergency

SSID "00000JAPAN" is available in Okayama Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefecture and Ehime Prefecture.

Free public Wi-Fi service with SSID "00000JAPAN", available only in case of disasters, is now provided in the whole area in Okayama Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefecture and Ehime Prefecture since July 7th. Internet access is now available for anyone by connecting wireless LAN through this SSID without any contract with telecommunication careers in Japan. With any Wi-Fi available devices such as smartphones, tablets or PCs, everyone can receive wireless LAN service by choosing the network "00000JAPAN" on au Wi-Fi SPOT, docomo Wi-Fi spots (except some parts), and Softbank Wi-Fi spots.

Safety tips for travelers

Japan Tourism Agency's "Safety tips for travelers" contains links to other sites controlled by third-party information providers on weather information, weather warning & advisories, news, medical information, and list of embassies and consulates-generals in Japan.
https://www.jnto.go.jp/safety-tips/eng/

For safe travels in Japan

Japan Tourism Agency's "Guide for when you are feeling ill ” provides medical institutions information, search function, and guideline. The website is available in English, Chinese, and Korean.

Further queries may be directed to JNTO Tourist Information Center (TIC) at 03-3201-3331 (or +81-3-3201-3331 from outside Japan) available 24/7 in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese languages.

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