Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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

Narita Airport

Narita Airport

Located 60 km east of central Tokyo, the airport is well-serviced by express trains and buses, transporting visitors into the city and beyond.


The JR operated Narita Express runs around twice an hour during the day between the airport terminals and major urban destinations such as Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku Ikebukuro and Yokohama. A Narita Express train will drop you off in Tokyo station in just under an hour. All seats are reserved and you need to book after you have arrived in the country. If you hold a Japan Rail Pass, you can reserve a seat without any additional payment.

Another option is the aptly named Skyliner operated by Keisei Railway. This train will rocket you into Nippori and Ueno in north-east Tokyo in a dash over 40 minutes. These stations sit above Tokyo station on the Yamanote line that circles central Tokyo, so a great point of access for traveling onto your final destination in the capital. There are three trains an hour, each with comfortable seats and plenty of luggage space. Note that as this is not a JR run service, JR Passes cannot be used.

While fares on the above trains sit between 2,500 and 5,000 yen depending on the choice of seat and ultimate destination, if you are on a shoestring budget and are flexible with your time, local trains will also take you into central Tokyo for a third of the price, but double the time.


Make use of the Limousine bus services from Narita Airport that can transport you to many destinations in Tokyo, including the main hotel districts. While it can take up to two hours in the heavy Tokyo traffic to get into the city, buses are often a more direct choice.


Taxis from Narita Airport are another option if the timing for trains and buses doesn't suit your schedule. This can be quite an expensive option, but fixed-price taxis are available.


If you are feeling particularly extravagant, it is possible to travel by helicopter into the city from Narita. This is not a common choice, and is understandably pricy. However, a number of private companies do run these services, so high-flyers should do private research to find the best options.

Airport Services

Tourist Information Center (TIC)

Stop by the Tourist Information Centers at Narita Airport . They are staffed by multilingual travel experts who can answer questions and provide free maps and brochures. A stop at the TIC can save you lots of travel-planning time.

Money Exchange

Japanese public transport, stores and restaurants are legally forbidden to accept foreign currencies, so you will need small amounts of yen currency for your immediate needs. If you have foreign bank notes other than U.S. dollars, it is wise to convert some of them in to yen while at the airport. Traveler’s Checks can be cashed quickly at banks, but few stores or restaurants accept them. Unused yen (bank notes only—no coins) can be reconverted at the airport with no limitation, provided the exchange center has sufficient funds for reconversion. For handling currency exchange, there are 16 banks and 2 post offices at the airport, with one or more open from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Japan Rail Pass Order Exchange

Obtain your Japan Rail Pass by exchanging your Exchange Order at the airport’s travel centres and ticket offices. The date of validation of your Pass can be any day within three months of the issuing date of your Exchange Order. You can use the Pass for the JR train trip between Narita Airport and Tokyo.

Luggage Delivery

Make use of the baggage delivery service , and travel into the centre of Tokyo hands-free. In most cases, your luggage will be delivered to your hotel in Tokyo the next day.

Wi-Fi Spots

Hooray, you have arrived in Japan. Let everybody know by connecting to the free Wi-Fi at Narita Airport .