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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

Nature

Hachimantai 八幡平エリア

A paradise for outdoor enthusiasts

Delve into the beautiful Japanese countryside in the Tohoku region and discover rustic hot springs, ski hills, and stunning mountain landscapes.

Don't Miss:

  • Taking a bath in hot springs surrounded by nature
  • Exploring the Towada-Hachimantai National Park

How to Get There

Access the Hachimantai Area by train from JR Morioka Station.

From JR Morioka Station take the Hanawa Line. Depending on your final destination, you will need to get off at a different stop for each area. The Iwate Kenpoku Bus on east exit of Morioka Station serves many places in the area.

Relax in rustic hot springs

Hachimantai has an abundance of hot springs, the most famous being Hachimantai Hot Springs Resort. The resort consists of several hotels and traditional inns built around thermal springs. Even if you are a day-tripper, most hot springs will allow you to use their baths for a small fee. Many of the hot springs in the area have scenic views of Ou Mountain Range from their baths.

Hakkoda mountain range

Brush up on your hot spring etiquette before taking a dip, as there are some important guidelines to remember.

Enjoy the winter season

Near the hot springs is Hachimantai Ski Resort. The ski resort has two areas: Hachimantai Shimokura and Hachimantai Panorama, which share a common lift ticket and are linked by a free shuttle bus. Hachimantai Panorama is the more challenging of the two areas. If you have kids, these are great ski resorts—not too challenging but not too easy either. The snow is pristine, and you probably won't be bothered by huge crowds as the ski resort isn't usually very busy.

Appi Kogen: a world-class ski resort

If the slopes at Hachimantai Ski Resort are too easy for your tastes, you can head over to Appi Ski Resort. The ski resort has world-class facilities, with a hotel at the base of the hill, much like Whistler in Canada. However, Appi tends to be much busier than the Hachimantai Resort. Either way, after a hard day on the slopes there is nothing better than soaking in a hot spring!

On top of the world at Towada-Hachimantai National Park

Much of the Towada-Hachimantai National Park is 1,400 to 1,600 meters above sea level. Near the top of the plateau, there is a swamp where you can view over 160 kinds of plants. From spring through autumn, visitors can see Japanese skunk cabbage and yellow alpine lilies in full bloom. There are also three emerald green marshes located in the beech forest on the plateau.

In autumn, see the mountainside strewn with red, brown, orange and bright yellow trees.

Mt. Hachimantai

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