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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
Shinetsu
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

Culture

Nakanoshima 中之島

An island of contemporary art, culture and commerce in the middle of Osaka

Nakanoshima is the center of modern commerce and government in Osaka, and the slender three-kilometer island is home to some of the city's best museums, hotels and restaurants.

In pleasant weather, take a stroll through Nakanoshima Park, which provides a peaceful refuge from the otherwise bustling city. In the evening, head to Nakanoshima Festival Tower for a magnificent view of the city.

Don't Miss

  • A trip to one of the many museums in the area
  • Watching the hordes of public servants and businesspeople commuting home in the mid-evening
  • The incredible Christmas illumination in Nakanoshima Park every December

How to Get There

Nakanoshima is easily accessible by train and foot. From Osaka/Umeda Station, take the Midosuji subway line to Yodoyabashi Station. Nakanoshima is a three-minute walk across the river.

Alternatively, consider taking a 15-minute stroll from Osaka Station. Head directly south until you cross the river, which marks the beginning of Nakanoshima.

It really is an island

A sandbar, to be exact, sitting in between two rivers, the Dojima and Tosabori, Nakanoshima is so interconnected with the rest of Osaka by wide bridges and so paved with sidewalks and multi-lane roads that it isn't immediately apparent that it is an island.

The center of government and culture

Hear classical music performed at Festival Hall, see contemporary art at the National Museum of Art or take in the neo-Rennaissance architecture of Osaka City Public Hall.

Home to city hall, the central library and other municipal buildings, Nakanoshima is the hub for contemporary culture and performing arts in Osaka. The well-manicured lawns, an abundance of sculptures and well-designed promenades provide a refined contrast to the neon and flashing lights that characterize the rest of the city.

Osaka City Central Hall

Gaze across the city in style

Take the elevator up to the 40th floor of the five-star Conrad Hotel. The lobby and bar area offer an expansive view across the city. Enjoy a drink or meal while looking for attractions such as Osaka Castle and Abeno Harukas in the distance.

Glide along the Dojima River as the sun sets

Enjoy a pleasant boat ride around the rivers that run along both sides of Nakanoshima Island. Cruises depart every thirty minutes from 5 PM to 11 PM between March and December. Board the boat below the Dojima River Forum building on the river's north bank (opposite Nakanoshima).

Dojima River

Planning your trip

The Nakanoshima area can be enjoyed for anywhere from two to four hours. In pleasant weather, go for a stroll in Nakanoshima Park. Try lunch at one of the restaurants dotted along the promenade. Then head to the National Museum of Art, followed by an afternoon coffee break at a cafe of your choice.