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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

Sapporo Station 札幌駅

Hokkaido's largest transport hub is also a shopping and dining megacenter

From fancy restaurants to cozy cafes, a selection of luxurious boutiques and even a cinema, Sapporo Station has enough to keep you busy all day long. A modern building that serves as the central hub for both transportation within the city and the prefecture at large, any journey to Hokkaido will almost certainly bring you here.

Tips

  • Shopping and dining in Stellar Place
  • Stopping for boxed lunches and souvenirs in Daimaru Department’s basement
  • The night view of the glittering city from the T38 Observation Deck
  • Relaxing in the JR Tower Hotel's "onsen in the sky"

How to Get There

Catching a train to Sapporo Station is the best option. It’s a 35-minute express train ride from New Chitose Airport to Sapporo Station.

Buses also run from the airport to Sapporo Station, taking a minimum of one hour to make the trip.

Ride, dine and shop

Sapporo Station is connected to an eight-story duty-free department store on its west side called Daimaru. With both casual and luxury brand items, it's a popular place to buy souvenirs.

Directly above the terminal is Stellar Place, a seven-story department store with a cinema, restaurants (including a special ramen section) and clothing stores.

To the east, the JR Tower houses even more shopping, medical facilities, an observation deck and a hotel. Underground, you can find even more little boutiques and eateries in ESTA and Paseo, respectively.

Escape the elements

There is a long underground walkway that connects Sapporo Station with Odori Park and Susukino. Filled with shops and food stores, it’s very convenient for getting around on rainy days or during winter snowstorms. You can also catch live music and art exhibitions in the tunnel throughout the year.

Where to next?

Many trains use Sapporo Station, headed to every point of the island. From Sapporo, popular destinations include: Otaru and Tomakomai for short day trips, or Asahikawa, Hakodate, Obihiro and Kushiro for longer tours. If you want to travel around Hokkaido, be sure to visit the JR Information Center for useful information.

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