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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

Attraction

Tokyo Skytree 東京スカイツリー

A bird's-eye view of Tokyo from the tallest structure in Japan

The newest addition to the capital's skyline, Tokyo Sky Tree soars 634 meters high and gives the best panoramic views of the city. On a clear day you can't quite see infinity, but you should get a glimpse of Mt. Fuji.

Don't Miss

  • Spectacular views of the whole Kanto region
  • Standing on the glass floor section to feel like you are floating in mid air
  • Shopping for snacks shaped like the tower itself in the surrounding mall — Tokyo Solamachi

How to Get There

Tokyo Skytree Station is accessible via the Tobu Skytree Line from Asakusa.

Getting off at Tokyo Skytree Station drops you right at the base of the tower complex, Tokyo Skytree Town. You can also take the Asakusa, Hanzomon, or Keisei Oshiage lines to Oshiage Station. Alternatively, Sky Tree is a 20-minute walk across the river from Asakusa.

For those who wish to ride to the top, the entrance and ticket counters are located on the 4th floor of Tokyo Skytree Town.

The tip-top of Tokyo

Opened in May 2012, the Sky Tree has swiftly become a new major symbol of Tokyo, visible from almost anywhere in the city. When it was completed, it was the tallest tower in the world, and is still the tallest structure in Japan. Located within walking distance of Asakusa, you can easily combine a visit to both and experience the traditional and modern sides of Japanese architecture in one afternoon.

How high can you go?

There are two decks open to the public. The Tembo Deck (350m) and Tembo Galleria (450m) offer jaw-dropping views from morning to night, when the city lights glitter like jewels below. Adrenaline junkies should try walking on the Galleria's 110m-long glass floor, to experience the illusion of levitating in mid-air.

More than just a tower

No need to worry if you are afraid of heights, there are plenty of other interesting things to see around Tokyo Skytree Town. Explore Tokyo Solamachi's 300 shops and restaurants, many of which sell tasty treats shaped like the tower above. Make sure to take a twirl around the 4th and 5th floors, dedicated to all things Japan-related, including green tea, chef's knives, and Hello Kitty.

You can chill out by the tanks of the Sumida Aquarium, travel to outer space in the Tenku Planetarium, or send a postcard with a special Sky Tree stamp from the Postal Museum.

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