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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

Attraction

Seto Ohashi Bridge (Great Seto Bridge) 瀬戸大橋

Japanese technical prowess on display

A majestic white-steeled architectural wonder soaring both into the sky and distance, the two-tiered Seto Ohashi Bridge is a seaside landmark connecting Honshu, Japan's main island, to Shikoku against the backdrop of the Seto Inland Sea.

Don't Miss

  • Photographing the bridge's silhouette against the sun as it sets over the Seto Inland Sea
  • Taking a boat cruise from Kojima Sightseeing Port in Okayama to view the bridge from the water
  • Memorial Park for a view of the bridge from the observation platform

How to Get There

You can get close and cross the bridge by train, bus or car. From Takamatsu and Okayama, take the JR Marine Liner. Buses to Memorial Park take 20 minutes from Sakaide Station.

An engineering feat

An architectural and engineering masterpiece, the 13-kilometer bridge showcases three forms of structural technology. Part cable-stayed, part suspension and part truss bridge, different segment designs make a tour across the bridge—one of the longest bridges in the world—a definite must.

Parks and recreation

Many scenic viewing points and attractions are nearby for visitors to enjoy. One highlight is Seto Ohashi Memorial Park, a large recreational area offering spectacular views of the bridge. The park also features souvenir shops, a rooftop observation platform, Japanese gardens and a children's play area.

A sideshow of art

Combine your visit to the bridge with a trip to the Higashiyama Kaii Setouchi Art Museum. The museum boasts a collection of 350 works, including woodblock paintings by one of the great masters of Japanese painting, Kaii Higashiyama. On the first floor, order a coffee at the museum cafe and take in the picturesque views of the Seto Bridge and vivid blue sea.

Working up an appetite

Kagawa Prefecture is the birthplace of a famous udon noodle. Sanuki udon has a chewy texture and is thicker than other noodles. Many restaurants in Kagawa still use very traditional methods when making the prefecture's most famous dish.

Combine your visit to the Seto Ohashi Bridge with lunch at a local udon restaurant and discover why this delicious noodle is one of Japan's most loved dishes.

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