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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

Nature

Miyake Island 三宅島

Visit this Sub-Tropical Volcanic Island and enjoy Birdwatching, Diving and Dolphin Watching

Situated on top of an active volcano which erupts every 30 to 40 years, the islands are blessed with rich nature due to the warm climate and the volcanic soil.

Quick Facts

Watch dolphins off nearby Mikura-jima Island

There are excellent hiking trails around the volcano

Don't miss the black sand beaches

How to Get There

Arrive by ferry or airplane from Tokyo.

From Tokyo, take the overnight ferry from Takeshiba Pier (six hours), or fly from Chofu Airport on the outskirts of Tokyo, to Miyake Airport (50 minutes). There are also Tokyo Ai-Land Shuttle helicopters operating between Oshima Island, Mikura-jima Island and Hachijo-jima Island.

Find nature in the waters

The waters off the islands are populated with richly colored tropical fish, and stunning corals. Enjoy the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba-diving. The entire island is designated as a part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park due to its unspoiled plant and animal life.

Volcanic hot springs and hiking trails

Mount Oyama, the main crater of the island's active volcano, is off limits. However, there are many spots to see around the coast of the island, many of them related to the volcanic history of this intriguing island. Take a walk along the Ako Lava Flow Trail on the west coast of the island to see some of the formations created by past lava flows. Furusato Relazation Village Furusato-yu Hot Spring is located nearby, and makes a great place to stop off and relax after your walk.

Visit this peaceful Tokyo Island to avoid the crowds

Mitake-jima Island is a paradise for bird watching

Dolphin watching

Nearby Mikura-jima Island, located twenty-three kilometers to the south of Miyake-jima Island, is a well-known spot for dolphin watching. A colony of over 100 bottlenose dolphins populates the waters around this small island. With a reservation at Miyake Tourism Association, visitors are able to not only watch, but also swim in the waters. If the dolphins are in a playful mood they occasionally join the swimmers.

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