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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
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

Going to Islands

Japan might look like it's just four big islands, but on closer inspection, you'll find many smaller ones dotted around.

Access to these islands is made relatively easy by a good network of ferries and flights.

Okinawa and surrounding islands

The subtropical islands of Okinawa combine white sands and turquoise-blue waters with a fascinating culture—quite different from that of the Japanese mainland. Located 1,500 kilometers south of Tokyo, access is generally by plane to the main island's capital of Naha . There are regular flights to Naha from the major mainland airports on Japan's main carriers, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, as well as some budget airlines. Flights to Ishigaki Island and Miyakojima Island are now an option.

If you want to explore further than the main island, you can access the outlying islands from the transport hub of Naha by both plane and ferry.

If you are flexible with time ferries to Naha from Kagoshima prefecture are available.

Izu Archipelago

The Izu archipelago islands are easily accessed from Tokyo's Takeshiba Pier. Officially part of the Tokyo domain, the rural getaways are ideal if you want to experience the quieter side of the metropolis for a couple of days. The most common way to get to the islands is to travel by ship . Both slow passenger ships, and high-speed ferries are available depending on your flexibility, and propeller planes also fly there.

Ogasawara Islands

The Ogasawara islands are a cluster of 30 islands located around 1,000 kilometers from Tokyo. The World Heritage designated archipelago is ideal if you are a nature lover looking to explore the diverse and fascinating ecosystems of the islands. Access to the Ogasawara Islands is only by boat and is made as part of a fixed six-day schedule.

Other islands

Japan's many other islands are just as easily accessed. From the natural beauty and festivals of Sado Island in Niigata Prefecture , the abandoned military forts of Tomogashima Island in Wakayama Prefecture , the smoky volcanic island of Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture and many more. Make sure to fit in some island adventures during your Japanese trip.

The Japan Passengerboat Association lists a variety of routes to Japan's isolated islands with information on fare price and travel time in English. You can check the boarding points and detailed information of courses through this site .