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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

Relaxation

Hachimantai Onsen 八幡平温泉郷

An onsen resort with plentiful sulphur-rich water, and trekking, golf, skiing and more nearby

Situated in a lofty mountain range bordering Iwate and Akita prefectures, Hachimantai Onsen is a resort that offers tranquil surroundings, unspoiled beauty and the relaxing sounds of birdsong while bathing.

Quick Facts

Spectacular views of Mt. Iwate from onsen in the area

A wide range of all-year leisure activities

How to Get There

The Hachimantai area can be reached via Tazawako, Morioka or Kazuno-Hanawa stations.

From Tazawako Station, take the Akita Shinkansen. From Morioka Station, take the Tohoku Shinkansen. From Kazuno-Kanawa, take the JR Hanawa Line.

Great for body and mind

The hot springs here were originally used as a source of hot water for the Matsukawa geothermal plant in 1971.

Since its waters possess a number of healing properties, including soothing nerve pain, sore muscles, joint pain, fatigue, chronic digestive disorders, diabetes, chronic skin diseases and arteriosclerosis, Hachimantai Onsen has become a popular base for visitors wishing to explore the area.

Enjoy the other leisure activities

You have options like trekking, golf, angling and mountain climbing during the summer months, and skiing and snowboarding during the winter.

Fukenoyu Onsen

Take a hike up to this quaint hot spring, which is located below the summit of Mt. Hachimantai. Enjoy the feeling of nature around you while relaxing in the volcanic hot spring.

Goshogake Onsen

Relax in beautiful Goshogake Onsen on the slopes of Mt. Hachimantai in the heart of Towada-Hachimantai National Park. With indoor baths made of scented pine, steam boxes, an outdoor onsen and a volcanic mud pool, there are plenty of options.

Tamagawa Onsen

Tamagawa Onsen has the highest acidity of all Japan's hot springs. The bedrock emits a weak radioactivity. People from all over Japan come to bathe here in the hope of being cured of various illnesses.

Places to stay

There is ample accommodation within the area, including the largest resort in Tohoku, Hachimantai Resort.

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