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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

Nature

Taketa 竹田エリア

An area famous for its pure water, wine and rugged natural beauty

With amazing landscapes, clean air, and natural spring water, Taketa is gorgeous, especially when you go off the main roads in the Kuju Highlands. The area is most well known for its water. Its Nagayu Onsen is most famous as the home of Japan's best carbonated water springs, notable for its health-enducing properties. The water in Taketa is not just for bathing. Meisui no Sato is one of the springs in the area noted for its purity and great mineral properties. In Taketa, water is life.

Don't Miss

  • Views from the summit of Mt. Kuju
  • Seas of pink azaleas in bloom between late May and early June
  • Colorful red, orange, and yellow autumn foliage

Quick Facts

Nagayu Onsen is unusual for a Japanese hot spring for its high natural carbonation, the reason for its cultural exchange with Bad Krozingen in Germany

The area is also home to Kuju Wine, as the climate is well suited to wine grapes and the famous waters an abundant resource

How to get there

Oita Station is served by the Kyudai, Hohi and Nippo Main Lines, offering access to much of Kyushu. From Oita Station, take the JR Hohi Line for about 80 minutes and get off at Bungo-Taketa Station.

Natural spring water

Takeda’s crystal-clear spring water comes from the Aso mountain range and was selected as one of the best 100 springs in Japan.

It is utilized for farming trout and producing tofu and sprouts. Spring water is plentiful in Taketa and has become the trademark of the city.

See the Oka Castle ruins

Located on top of a hill, the castle was once thought to be impenetrable, but its main structures were torn down in the 19th century. Its grand stone walls remain to this day indicating the astonishing building techniques that were used at the time.

Don’t miss the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains from the former site.

The statues at Kannon-ji Temple Jurokurakan

Designated as a form of cultural heritage by the city, these stone statues look down from atop high rocks. It is said that the Aizomedo figures make people’s wishes related to love come true.

Soak in Takeda Hot Spring Hanamizuki

Easily accessible from Bungo Taketa Station, Takeda Hot Spring Hanamizuki is a popular bathing spot. Have a long soak in the large baths in this well-kept wood paneled building. After your bath, head to the souvenir shop on the first floor to pick up some original Taketa products including sweets and seasonings. If you are feeling hungry, the restaurant upstairs serves local fried chicken and various set meals. If you are in the area but don’t have time for the fun hot spring experience, use the free foot bath in front of the main entrance.

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