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Regions of Japan

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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
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

Action & Adventure

Tokyo Water Buses 東京水上バス(浅草)

Explore Tokyo's waterways in vessels that range from James Bond-esque to bright and colorful

Water buses are the most scenic way of getting from Asakusa to the serene Hamarikyu Gardens or the very modern Odaiba shopping area. Cruise the Sumida River on the futuristic Hotaluna and Himiko ships, or opt for colorful yet more traditional vessels.

Don't Miss

  • Views of some of the city's most iconic structures
  • The scaled-down replica of the Statue of Liberty, near Odaiba
  • Hamarikyu, a beautiful Japanese landscape garden in the heart of Tokyo

How to Get There

There are several points where you can embark, but the most convenient are in Asakusa , Hamarikyu Gardens and Odaiba Seaside Park .

From Asakusa : the pier is a one-minute walk from Asakusa Station, right beside the Azumabashi Bridge.

From Hamarikyu : the boarding point is actually inside the garden, which has a 300 yen entrance fee. Follow the signs posted throughout the park.

From Odaiba Seaside Park : boats stop about a five-minute walk from Odaiba Seaside Park and Tokyo Teleport stations.

Sumidagawa River Line

Water buses on this line depart from Asakusa every 30 minutes and stop at Hamarikyu and Hinode Pier before returning to Asakusa . A roundtrip takes around 55 minutes.

Asakusa-Odaiba Direct Line

Hop on the strikingly modern Hotaluna boat, and enjoy the view from the water as you make your way between Asakusa and the shopping mecca of Odaiba. The cruise departs every two hours, connecting Asakusa to Hinode Pier and Odaiba Seaside Park . A one-way journey takes about 60 minutes.

The Himiko follows a similar course and offers good views of the skyline from the ship's panoramic windows. In addition to stopping at Odaiba Seaside Park , the route extends all the way to Toyosu.

Odaiba Line

This line connects Hinode Pier and Odaiba Seaside Park , with departures every 45 minutes.

Tokyo Mizube Line

Sit back and watch Tokyo's skyline and bridges pass by on this leisurely sightseeing cruise. A full roundtrip takes two and a half hours, but you can decide to disembark at any of the stops, such as Ryogoku or Odaiba Seaside Park . Check the Tokyo Mizube Cruising Line website for exact departure times.

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