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Regions of Japan

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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

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (Toyama) 立山黒部アルペンルート(富山)

An Alpine odyssey across the roof of Japan

Rising through rugged terrain to the heart of Japan's Northern Alps, the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route offers sweeping alpine views and the chance to experience a side of Japan's natural beauty seldom seen by casual visitors. The Kurobe Dam is a spectacular feat of engineering well worth a visit.

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  • Travel by trolley car to some of the best views in the Northern Alps
  • Shomyo Falls and Midagahara home to unique mountain flora and hiking courses
  • Kurobe Dam, one of Toyama's most ambitious constructions

The highest hotel in Japan

At the mid-point of the 90-kilometer Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is Murodo, an area which is home to both Japan's highest altitude hotel and transit station. Throughout summer the Murodo area welcomes adventurous visitors looking to explore the area's many weaving hiking trails.

The best nature has to offer

Opening in mid-April and closing at the end of November, the Alpine Route offers such seasonal highlights such as the Murodo Snow Corridor with its 18-meter tall snow walls and a period of fall foliage when the Tateyama range is ablaze with reds and yellows.

Explore the roof of Japan

This unique and naturally spectacular journey through Japan's Northern Alps is so high it's often called the ‘roof of Japan'. Wander though the towering snow walls, jump onto a cable car and witness the magic of Toyama from up high.

Wander the pits of hell

You can see evidence of the volcanic upheaval, which shaped the geography of the area in the sulfurous crags of Jigoku-dani (literally, “The Valley of Hell”) and the nearby Tateyama Caldera.

Soak up the mountainous landscapes

Famous peaks like Tateyama, the holy mountain which gives the area its name, and Mount Tsurugi, one of Japan's foremost winter climbing destinations, are visible from various angles as you hike around Murodo.

Kurobe Dam, a story of dedication and devastation

Towering at a massive 186 meters, Kurobe Dam is Japan's tallest dam and is overflowing with stories. After seven years of construction, the dam was finished in 1963. Today it supports a hydropower plant and helps supply electricity to the Kansai Region. Scale the concrete-covered mountain slope, get a full view of the massive dam and its surroundings.

The changing of the seasons

The full route is open from around April 15 to November 30, closing for winter during the remainder of the year (exact dates may vary slightly). The peak period to visit the snow corridor lasts from the opening in April to early June, with the latter being recommended for anyone wishing to avoid cold weather.

Peak fall foliage appears in stages, with higher altitudes showing the most vibrant colors in October and lower altitudes peaking in November.

A mountain summer hideaway

Summer is a good time to attempt the long hike in the Northern Alps as all of the mountain lodges will be open. Snow on the ridges has mostly melted by August, eliminating the need for specialized winter gear.

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