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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
  • Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

Attraction

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation 日本科学未来館

A showcase of the world's latest technologies and discoveries

The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation is a top destination for science enthusiasts and futurists to visit in Tokyo. With fascinating exhibits and events, this museum is a great place to discover how the world is changing.

Quick Facts

The museum opened in 2001

Celebrity visitors have included George Takei, the King and Queen of Spain, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former NASA astronaut Jon A. McBride

How to Get There

You can reach Odaiba, where the museum is located, by train and water bus.

The nearest subway station, Telecom Center, is just a few minutes walk away on the Yurikamome Line. Fune-no Kagakukan Station on the same line is also close. It is a 15-minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line. Water buses also stop at Odaiba.

Keeping abreast of our changing world

Known as Miraikan, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation looks at the world from a scientific point of view and asks questions about what the future holds. You can attend talks and experience-based classes to learn more about our changing world. As well as guest speakers from Japan, the museum also hosts many foreign speakers every year.

Three zones to choose from

The museum has three different zones to investigate.

The Frontiers Zone tells you about space and the solar system, as well as life on Earth. In the Create your Future Zone, you can find out more about sustainability and what the future has in store for life on the planet, as well as exploring the role robots will play in society. The Discover your Earth Zone explains the link between life and Earth's environment.

Hands-On experience and activities

From robot demonstrations to explorations of the solar system, there are plenty of activities available at the museum. Head over to Curiosity Field if you're visiting with children, who will love the hands-on games they can play there. The Science Workshop is another great place to visit to get stuck into something hands-on.

The Dome Theater GAIA

As well as the permanent exhibition, the museum also holds events and temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Popular events sell out in advance, so make sure to book your ticket ahead of time. In the Dome Theater GAIA, you can have a 3D cinematic experience; reservations recommended.

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