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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
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

Kasai Rinkai Park 葛西臨海公園

An oasis of calm in the bustling metropolis of Tokyo

Less busy than the parks in Ueno and Yoyogi, Tokyo's second-largest public park has several family-friendly attractions and is a great place to relax. Go birdwatching, have a barbecue, and take a ride on the Ferris wheel or the park train.

Along with Odaiba, Kasai Rinkai Park is also one of the few places in Tokyo where you can freely venture down to the seashore. Thanks to careful conservation efforts, marine life is beginning to return the area.

Tips

  • Sea Life Park Aquarium's impressive tuna tank
  • Natural birdsong in the secluded bird sanctuary
  • A chance to see Mt. Fuji from the Ferris wheel

How to Get There

Kasai Rinkai Park is easily accessible by train from Tokyo Station.

From Tokyo Station, take the Keiyo Subway Line to Kasai Rinkai Koen, which stops right at the entrance of the park. Kasai Rinkai Park is also one of the stops for the Tokyo Water Bus, which travels between Asakusa, Odaiba, and a few other stops.

Greenery, water, and people

Construction work began on the Kasai coastal development project in 1985, based on the concept of “greenery, water and people” and aimed at preserving the natural environment of Tokyo.

Located right on Tokyo Bay, the park provides a breath of fresh air where you can enjoy the sound of waves and the sight of wide open skies. Since it first opened in 1989, the park has been popular with locals and tourists alike. Many attractions can be found in the surrounding area, including the world-famous Tokyo Disney Resort.

The Sea Life Park Aquarium

Located next to Tokyo Bay, the Sea Life Park aquarium fits right in with its surroundings.

The aquarium's glass dome is filled with a wide variety of fish and marine life found in the sea around Tokyo, as well as exhibits from around the world. One of the most popular attractions is the large penguin enclosure. The grounds around the aquarium recreate some of the natural streams and freshwater ponds that existed in Tokyo before its urbanization.

The aquarium is the top tourist attraction in the park. There are hands-on experiences at the touch pool, and if you time your visit right you can catch feeding time. The aquarium makes for a great rainy-day activity if the weather makes it difficult to enjoy the park.

Panoramic views of the bay

Hop on the Ferris wheel for a bird's-eye view of the park. The second tallest Ferris wheel in Japan, one rotation takes more than 15 minutes, and on a clear day you can see Mt. Fuji from the top.

The Ferris wheel is called the Diamond and Flowers Ferris wheel, referring to the spectacular light show it gives off after the sun goes down.

From there, consider a trip on the park train which will take you around the main attractions.

Do a little birdwatching

The Sea Bird Sanctuary makes up one-third of the park's total area. Visitors can birdwatch and learn more about the local species that live there. Certain areas such as the east beach and the marshland are restricted access to give the birds some human-free habitats. However, the west beach is open to the public and is a popular place for summertime activities.

There's an information center where you can learn more about the efforts to bring native birds back into the area.

Native flora and fauna

There are a considerable number of trees and shrubs growing in the park.

Japanese apricot, Narcissus, cosmos, silk tree, wax myrtle, black pine and cherry trees can all be found in the garden. The park's numerous cherry trees make it a particularly popular spot for hanami (cherry blossom viewing picnics) when the landscape is temporarily awash with delicate pink blossoms. This is a perfect time of year to pack a lunch and relax in the springtime sunshine by the sea.

Festivals and events

Look out for special events in the park throughout the year. Annual events include a spring birdwatching festival (to see sandpipers and plover), the wild bird photography exhibition, a poppy-picking festival, New Year’s Eve late night Ferris wheel rides, the summer Tanabata wish festival, the Narcissus festival, and a sake drinking festival.

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