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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

Taxis in Japan

Get around easily and in comfort in Japan's taxis.

If you find yourself looking for a taxi in one of Japan's major cities, chances are you won't have to wait long. The city streets are swarming with taxi cabs ready to transport you to your destination. In local areas, the number of cabs decrease, but can usually be found in front of the train station. Taxis may be your only way to get around in rural areas or after public transportation shuts down.

Taxis in Japan are spotlessly clean and the level of service is high. Drivers won't take advantage of their clients and fares are calculated by the running meter.

Like most countries around the world, taking a taxi is a more expensive choice than public transport, but if you are traveling in a group of three or four, it can sometimes be an economical way to travel. While credit cards can generally be used in major city taxis, cash might be your only option in countryside cabs.

How to use taxis?

Signs in the front of taxis show if they are available. These are usually displayed in Japanese, but they are color coded. Red means the taxi can pick up passengers, while green means it is occupied. Doors open and close automatically, so don't try to handle them yourself as you enter and exit. While some taxi drivers in big cities may have foreign language skills, it is a good idea to have your destination written in Japanese—especially if it is not a major sightseeing spot or hotel. Like other service-industry professionals in Japan, taxi drivers do not expect or accept tips.

Taxi Smartphone Apps

Download an app to make ordering a taxi in Japan much easier. The following apps offer an English language service once downloaded—Japan Taxi , Tokyo Taxi Association—TAKKUN and Tokyo Musen .

Sightseeing Taxis

In the Tokyo area, a number of taxi companies offer sightseeing tours by taxi that can tailor a Tokyo tour for you and your group.

How much are the fares?

Fares are calculated by distance on the meter, with the exception of certain fixed-rate routes to airports and major sightseeing spots. Taxi drivers in Japan will not take advantage of riders and will use the GPS and meter to get you from point A to point B as quickly as they can. A late-night surcharge is added between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. and any fares incurred on highways are paid by the rider.

For an idea of fares, a seven-kilometer Tokyo ride taking about 25 minutes should cost between 2,500 and 3,000 yen during the daytime.

Fixed-Fare Airport Transfer

For many travelers, getting to or leaving from the airport is the time to take a taxi. Japan's major airports have this covered with fixed-fare prices and shared services.

Narita Airport

If you choose to jump in a taxi for your trip to central Tokyo from Narita Airport , request a fixed fare to your destination. Tokyo's different zones are labeled and given a fixed price. All you have to do is ask your driver for the fixed rate when you get in the cab. Check prices beforehand, though, since this is not a short ride.

Haneda Airport

Haneda Airport offers a very similar service to Narita Airport with flat-rate taxi fares available for visitors traveling to most areas of Tokyo.

Shared Taxi Shuttle Service to Kansai International and Itami Airports

If you find yourself in the Kansai area and are heading to the major airports of Kansai International or Itami, a shared taxi shuttle service may well be a cheap and convenient option for your trip to the airport.

Sightseeing Taxis

In the Tokyo area, many taxi companies offer sightseeing tours by taxi that can tailor a Tokyo tour for you and your group. Other taxi countries around the country offer similar services.