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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
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

Nature

Kuju Highlands 久住高原

An Area Characterized by Wide, Open Grassland and Panoramic Views from the Hills

Situated within Aso-Kuju National Park, Kuju Highland offers expansive views of open grassy plains with rugged mountains in the background.

Mount Kuju offers great views from its summit and the chance to see the area’s flora and fauna.

Quick Facts

Look out for seas of pink azalea, named Miyama Kirishima, in spring

Kuju Highland has a guided walking tour to uncover the area’s highlights

Over 500 species of flowers are grown in each carpet of blooms

How to Get There

Oita Station is served by the Kyudai, Hohi and Nippo Main Lines, offering access to much of Kyushu.

From Oita Station, take the JR Hohi line for about 80 minutes and alight at Bungo-Taketa Station, from where Kuju Highland is a 30-minute drive or taxi ride.

Sights and smells

The beautiful grassland is maintained by using a controlled burn in spring, which has given Kuju Highland the title of one of the 100 Best Aromatic Landscapes in Japan.

Kuju Flower Park

With Mount Kuju as a backdrop, this park’s distinctive carpet of multicolored flowers offers a great spot for photography, relaxation or walking.

Some 500 species of flowers are grown in each carpet of blooms in every season. Check out the tulips in spring, lavender in early summer and cosmos in autumn.

The park has a wide variety of shops, cafes and restaurants, making it popular for a day’s recreation.

Guernsey Farm

This farm raises Guernsey cattle, which are renowned for the rich flavor and golden color of their milk.

It consists of a factory where a range of dairy products are made, a restaurant, a shop and a compact playground where children can play with small animals.

Join a tour of the factory to see the production of the dairy products or try the Guernsey milk ice cream.

Kuju Winery

This winery is located at the foot of Mount Kuju and has its own vineyard, brewery and bottling facility.

A good selection of wines, including rice varieties, is on sale at the shop.

Try a free tasting experience at the shop counter or enjoy some pizza hot from the oven at the restaurant terrace, while taking in Mount Kuju.

The wine-flavored ice cream is worth a try, although it is not available between December and March.

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