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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

Useful Apps

Download a selection of apps to make your trip to Japan run even smoother. Choose from a list of all-round, navigation, sightseeing and accommodation applications.

Useful apps

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Your all-round app for traveling in Japan

The Japan Official Travel App is the official smartphone app provided by JNTO, delivering up-to-date information about traveling in Japan for a safe and comfortable journey

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Find the nearest WiFi hotspots

An app that leads you to WiFi hotspots that you can use to easily access the internet. Can be used at about two thousand access points in Japan.

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Answers all your "Where can I…?" questions

An app that lets you search for facilities such as restaurants and accommodations near you. The biggest feature of this app is that it presents the taxi dispatches and destinations from a map display smoothly because it runs in conjunction with the "Japan Taxi" app, which was made by a major taxi company. It gives you approximate taxi fares and required times to your destinations so that you can fit taxi rides into your travel budget more easily.

Navigation apps

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Navigate the Tokyo Metro with ease

An app that helps you easily get accustomed to the complicated subway routes of Tokyo. It not only lets you find where to transfer trains by inputting the names of train stations as well as finding routes, but also lets you search from route maps and from famous landmarks such as the Tokyo Skytree and Senso-ji Temple. In addition to displaying search results for major routes, required times, and fares, it provides strong support in you trip through Tokyo as it gives you information such as where to find entrances to recommended underground passages and locations of the optimal trains for transferring. This information can be searched offline just by downloading the app once.

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Maps at your fingertips

An app for visitors from abroad who want to enjoy strolling in Japan, made by Japan's major map making company, Shobunsha. Shobunsha publishes popular guidebooks in Japan such as "MAPPLE Magazine" and "co-Trip", and this app lets you use maps coupled with the databases of these magazines using GPS data. The contents that can be downloaded for free include guidebooks on Toyama Prefecture and Hokkaido. This app can be used even without an Internet connection once you download it at home or at a Wi-Fi spot.

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Narita Airport navigator

Convenient, helpful features include flight search, and notification of changes in departure gate and time.

Sightseeing apps

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Your guide to Ishikawa Prefecture

An app that shows spots such as tourist facilities, lodging facilities, and restaurants within Ishikawa Prefecture as well as routes from your current location to your destination with GPS. It is complete with everything from information on popular tourist spots in areas such as Kanazawa and Noto to the features of Ishikawa Prefecture in 20 themes, and can also be used to find tourist information centers, rent-a-cycle shops, ATMs, emergency evacuation centers, and more.

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Your guide to Tottori Prefecture

An app specializing in sightseeing in Tottori Prefecture. It is complete with useful information for your trip in Tottori such as traffic information from stations to destinations, information on Wi-Fi spots, ATMs, tourist routes, and more. By downloading this app, it can be used even in environments where Internet access is not available.

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Manga guide to the charms of Japan

A manga character explains sightseeing spots and dining destinations across Japan, as well as facets of Japanese culture such as how to ride a train and bathe in an onsen.

Dining apps

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Quick restaurant search

Simple search function based on keyword, area, and category of cuisine. The convenient app shows same-day table availability, issues discount coupons, and makes online reservations.

Accommodation apps

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Search hotels nearby with just a tap

Search hotels by tourist destination or facility name, and sort the results by lowest price or highest review score, etc. The app supports 43 languages and displays prices in 53 currencies.