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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

Nature

Osumi Peninsula 大隅半島

Kyushu's undiscovered country gives you waterfalls, roses, capes, and caves

Osumi Peninsula makes up almost half of Kagoshima Prefecture and is a vast area of natural beauty with plenty of lesser-known spots to enjoy. Ideal for a road trip for those looking to get off the beaten track and get in touch with wild Japan.

Quick Facts

Ogawa no Taki waterfall offers stunning views

Cape Sata is the southernmost point of Kyushu

Sarugajo Gorge provides plenty of outdoor possibilities

The fragrant flowers at Kanoya Rose Garden are must see

How to Get There

Osumi Peninsula is accessible by ferry and bus, by train, or by car.

To get to Kanoya City, you can take a non-stop bus from Kagoshima. It runs six times a day and will take you about two hours and 20 minutes. About one hour of this is on a ferry. You can check the bus website for more information.

If you're leaving from Miyazaki, take the Nichinan line south to either Nichinan, 80 minutes away, or Kushima, two and a half hours away.

An eruption in 1914 fused Sakurajima with the Osumi Peninsula, making it accessible by car from the volcano. A rental car is the best way to enjoy a trip around the peninsula due to the remote location of most of the major sites. From Kagoshima to Sata, the most southern point of Kyushu, will take you about three hours depending on traffic.

Picture-perfect natural beauty

Ogawa no Taki is a large rock face with several small waterfalls splashing into a shallow pool below. The water tumbles from a height of almost 50 meters, giving off a gentle rumble, and stirring the azure waters below.

The southern tip of Kyushu

Cape Sata is the southernmost point in Kyushu. The cape has fantastic views of the coastline and has a large number of tropical plants. You can also see Japan's oldest extant lighthouse, designed by Scotsman Richard Henry Brunton in 1871. The islands of Tanegashima and Yakushima are visible on a clear day.

Outdoor excitement at a picturesque gorge

Sarugajo Gorge is a scenic location with crystal-clear waters rapidly flowing through natural rock formations, enclosed by the deep green of the surrounding forest. Between July and September each year, you can jump in and experience canyoning in the gorge.

Beautifully cultivated roses in Kanoya

The Kanoya Rose Garden displays over 50,000 roses and is one of the largest such gardens in Japan. You can also try some rose-themed dishes at the restaurant.

Mysterious cave

Located close to Soo City is little-known Misonokuchi Cave. Worth a stop on the way down from the Kirishima area, the chilly cave interior and deeply peaceful surroundings lend a sense of mystery to this highly photogenic spot.

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