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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

HOKKAIDO Kushiro & Hokkaido East Nature in the raw

Nature in the raw

Visit the magnificent eastern region of Hokkaido to see some of the most pristine scenery and wildlife habitats in Japan. Home to three of Hokkaido's six national parks, this vast and secluded corner of Japan is well worth the trip at any time of year.

Don't Miss

  • See breathtaking scenery in Akan and Shiretoko national parks
  • Encounter Hokkaido's varied wildlife on land and sea
  • Visit the Kushiro Marshes, Japan's largest marshland
  • Come for drift ice season, as spectacular as it gets outside the Arctic Circle

How to Get There

Five airports serve the extensive East Hokkaido region. You can also access the various areas by train from Sapporo and other major cities, covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

For Obihiro and Monbetsu: Tokachi Obhiro Airport and Okhotsk Monbetsu Airport have direct flights to Tokyo.

For Kushiro Marsh and Akan-Mashu National Park: Kushiro Airport has direct flights to Chitose (Sapporo) and Tokyo.

For Abashiri area and Shiretoko area: Memanbetsu Airport has direct flights to Chitose (Sapporo) and Tokyo.

For Akan-Mashu National Park and Shiretoko area: Nakashibetsu Airport has direct flights to Chitose (Sapporo) and Tokyo.

Cruise through the ice

Once winter begins, start your journey on the Okhotsk Coast with an icebreaker cruise to see the amazing ryuhyo drift ice pressing up against miles of coast from Monbetsu to Utoro. Try a snowshoe hike across frozen lakes in Shiretoko National Park or check out the ice diving in Utoro.

See migrating swans and dancing cranes

Also in winter, take the Mashu National Highway to Kawayu Onsen, where you can see the migrating whooper swans on frozen Lake Kussharo and Lake Mashu. Continue further into Akan-Mashu National Park or head south to see the gathering of hundreds of Japanese red-crowned cranes in Kushiro Marsh.

Whale watch and watch out for bears

In the warmer months, fly to Memanbetsu or Nakashibetsu and take a tour of Shiretoko National Park. Jump on a cruise from Utoro or Rausu for the best views of Japan's great untouched wilderness, and spot bears on the beach or diving sperm whales.

Soak in the water and the scenery

Drive south along the coast to admire the magnificent views and birdlife at Notsuke Peninsula, Lake Furenko, and Cape Nosappu, or turn inland to Akan-Mashu National Park. Don't miss the stunning scenery around Lake Mashu and the serene blue waters of Kaminokoike Pond on the east side of the park, before heading for a hot soak in an onsen overlooking beautiful Lake Akan.

To complete the trip, follow the main road past picturesque Lake Onneto into the Tokachi plains to enjoy the pretty gardens in bloom and a rejuvenating spa at Tokachigawa Onsen near Obihiro.

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