Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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


Mt Nokogiri 鋸山

Take a peek into hell at the home of a giant granite Buddha

Along with Mt. Kazano-zan and Mt. Kiyosumi, Mt. Nokigiri is one of Chiba's three most famous mountains. Standing 329 meters high, it features a grand lookout point and is home to a temple complex containing one of Japan's largest Buddhas.

Don't Miss

  • Ride a scenic ropeway to the top
  • Pay homage to a giant granite Buddha
  • Take in Tokyo Bay and Mt. Fuji from the Jigoku Nozoki observation deck

How to Get There

Mt. Nokogiri is located on Chiba's west coast, south of Kisarazu.

By train, Mt. Nokogiri is near Hana-Kanaya Station on the JR Uchibo Line, covered by your JR rail pass. It's an hour and a half from Tokyo Station by the Sazanami special express train. There are buses at Tokyo and Shinjuku Station for Kisarazu, where you can change to the local Uchiba Line. If you are coming to the area by car, take the four-lane highway known as the Aqua Line to Kisarazu and head south.

A saw-toothed mountain

Mt. Nokogiri is named for its resemblance to the traditional Japanese saw of the same name. Its jagged cliffs and unusual rock formations distinguish it from other mountains in the area. The mountain is bare granite and lush forest, and has been a quarry since the Edo Period. It has also provided stones for many of Tokyo's most iconic sites like Yasukuni Shrine and Waseda University.

The view from the top

It's an easy hike up Mt. Nokogiri, or you can take the scenic ropeway to its peak. You can board the ropeway in the town of Kanaya on the north side of the mountain and enjoy spectacular views of Tokyo Bay all the way to the top.

A Glimpse of Hell

The main lookout point at the top of the mountain is called Hell Peek Point. A jagged cliff that juts out from the mountain, it offers a spectacular view straight down to the world below. From here, you can see huge areas of the Boso Peninsula and much of Tokyo Bay. On clear days, you can see as far as Mt. Fuji.

The peak has a restaurant, telescopes for closer viewing, a souvenir shop, and activities for kids.

Nihon-ji Tenbodai Temple

At the western base of the mountain is Nihon-ji Tenbodai Temple, an officially designated Important Cultural Property. There's a stairway leading from the top of the mountain down to the temple so you can go directly there after taking in the view. The vast, picturesque Zen temple dates back 1300 years and is still used to train young monks today.

The giant Buddha

A giant daibutsu, or Buddha statue, is carved into the granite on the side of the mountain. At 31 meters high, it's one of Japan's largest Buddhas, even larger than Kamakura's famous daibutsu at Kotoku-in Temple. The statue was built to pray for world peace. Most of the statue was carved in 1783.

Thousands of Buddhist statues

In addition to the daibutsu, there are around 500 small statues of various deities located around the temple grounds. There used to be 1500 but a thousand have been lost to time. This part of Nihon-ji Tenbodai was a spiritual sanctuary built over 21 years in the 18th century by craftsman Kangoro Ono and his students.