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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
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

Southern Okinawa 沖縄南部

Sandy beaches, sugarcane and ancient ruins

As you travel around the southern part of Okinawa, you'll discover a very different kind of scenery found in the mountainous and forested north. This includes inviting beaches, golf courses, and mile upon mile of sugarcane, the most cultivated crop on the island.

Don't Miss

  • Cape Kyan on the southern tip of the island
  • The ruins of Gushikawa Castle
  • Sampling sugarcane juice and other sugar cane products

Quick Facts

Despite its high sugar content, sugarcane juice is good for diabetic patients and has a low glycemic index

The battle of Okinawa was fought here

How to Get There

The best way to get around the area is by car.

Take Route 331 south and turn right onto Route 3. Then follow the signs, which will guide you along the unnamed roads to the cape. In light traffic, it takes about 40 minutes. To access Okinawa from Japan's major cities, fly into Naha Airport.

Step back in history

The Battle of Okinawa wreaked its worst damage in this part of the mainland, and as you explore you'll see a great number of memorials and other reminders of the war. There are also ancient castles from earlier times, some in ruins and some restored to their former majesty.

Castle in the sand

The newly restored Shuri Castle in Naha is a magnificent place. When you stand at the southern tip of Cape Kyan and take in the ruins of Gushikawa Castle, however, you'll be moved in a very different way.

Gushikawa Castle was built into the cliffs by the lord of Kume Island in the 15th century, but now lies in ruins, half reclaimed by the sand and sea. At the southernmost point of the main island, there is a stunning view, looking out over the Pacific Ocean, with the East China Sea to the west.

The sweetest crop

Sugarcane has long been cultivated in Okinawa ,and it is the main crop of the islands. It is known as uuji in the Okinawan language. Children in Okinawa sometimes snack on raw sugar cane, but it is an acquired taste. Try the sugarcane juice instead.

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