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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
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
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • 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
Kanto
Kanto
  • 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
Tokai
Tokai
  • 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
Kansai
Kansai
  • 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
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • 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
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • 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
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • 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
Okinawa
  • 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
  • Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • National Museum of Nature and Science

Attraction

National Museum of Nature and Science 国立科学博物館

A museum full of dinosaur skeletons, steam engines, hand-on kid stuff and other wonders

Japan's Kokuritsu Kagaku Hakubutsukan, the National Museum of Nature and Science, is one of the country's greatest museums. No matter what age you are, you'll walk away with a better understanding of nature, science and technology, and have fun doing it.

Tips

  • Theatre 36◯
  • The Experience Corner

How to Get There

The museum is accessible by train and then on foot.

The National Museum of Nature and Science is near to Ueno Station, inside Ueno Park. Ueno Station is on the JR Yamanote Line, four stops from Tokyo Station. Take the park exit at Ueno Station. It is less than a five-minute walk to the museum's entrance.

Science is the prize

Japan is noted far more for its sciences than its arts. This may come as a surprise to many people, who see Japan as a leading force in design and aesthetics. But of Japan's 26 Nobel Laureates, 22 have been in physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine.

Museum Highlights

You should definitely see Theatre 36◯. The dome theatre and 3D images were originally created as a special exhibit for Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan. The five films rotate, with two selected each month.

The movies are in spherical 3D, in which you stand on a bridge surrounded on all sides by a seamless sphere of video and sound 12.8 meters in diameter.

The Taxidermy Hall has more than 100 animal displays, including tiger, bear, gorilla, camel, and others.

The permanent collection in the museum

The museum's Japan Gallery (in its permanent collection) is housed in a few floors of exhibits on the history, nature, organisms and human civilization of Japan. It serves a critical part of the museum's function in research and education. You'll find the famous dog Hachiko, immortalized in Shibuya.

ComPaSS, the experience corner, mainly targets families with preschoolers. Here you can play and learn about scientific principles and encourage kids to think.

Even more greats

Other popular exhibits include the steam engine at the entrance, and the full-scale whale replica. The entrance fee is very reasonable, and all students, including those in college, get in free.

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