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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

DESTINATION Chugoku

Chugoku

Yamaguchi Shimane Tottori Hiroshima Okayama SHIMONOSEKI IWAKUNI MIYAJIMA HIROSHIMA HIROSHIMA AIRPORT OKAYAMA IWAMI GINZAN IZUMO MT. DAISEN TOTTORI
Yamaguchi
Yamaguchi Off the beaten track and saturated with history, Yamaguchi is a place to explore limestone caverns, hidden temples and follow in the footsteps of samurai Off the beaten track and saturated with history, Yamaguchi is a place to explore limestone caverns, hidden temples and follow in the footsteps of samurai
Shimane
Shimane Steeped in mythology, home to pristine island beaches, overflowing with healing onsen waters and boasting a rugged mountain range, Shimane has stunning natural beauty and a long artistic history Steeped in mythology, home to pristine island beaches, overflowing with healing onsen waters and boasting a rugged mountain range, Shimane has stunning natural beauty and a long artistic history
Tottori
Tottori Japan's least populated prefecture, Tottori is an off-the-radar destination rich in history and legend that has changed little over the centuries Japan's least populated prefecture, Tottori is an off-the-radar destination rich in history and legend that has changed little over the centuries
Hiroshima
Hiroshima Hiroshima's natural draws—the Seto Inland Sea, forested mountains and pristine waters—are additional perks for visitors exploring the prefecture's peace connection, shrines and museums Hiroshima's natural draws—the Seto Inland Sea, forested mountains and pristine waters—are additional perks for visitors exploring the prefecture's peace connection, shrines and museums
Okayama
Okayama With stunning gardens, an imposing castle and the pretty canal district of Kurashiki, Okayama's compact size and central location makes it the perfect destination for your holiday With stunning gardens, an imposing castle and the pretty canal district of Kurashiki, Okayama's compact size and central location makes it the perfect destination for your holiday

The less-traveled Chugoku region is full of rural beauty, rewarding hikes and great historical significance

With its well-known history and famed floating shrine, it is hard to overlook Hiroshima, but this popular destination is merely the entry point of Japan's less-explored western frontier. Continue west following the Sanyo Shinkansen and you'll discover idyllic seaside towns and island-hopping opportunities on the Seto Inland Sea, with onward paths to Kyushu and Shikoku. Venture inland on the road less traveled, and your efforts will be rewarded with hikes on breathtaking peaks like Mt. Daisen, divine natural landscapes, and the excitement of discovery in Shimane and Tottori.

Don't Miss

    Hiroshima's famous floating shrine, and Okunoshima, an island ruled by rabbits
    The Iwami Kagura dance—a performance of a lifetime
    The well-preserved castle town of Hagi and its local pottery style
    Cycle the Shinmanami Kaido over the sparkling Seto Inland Sea

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