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Japan Guides

Each of Japan’s nine major regions shows a different face of Japan from often wintry Hokkaido up north to tropical Okinawa down south. Climate, food, historical sights, natural heritage, arts and crafts, festivals, religion – the various aspects of Japan’s rich geographical and cultural heritage unfold as you travel through Japan.

The following Japan area guides introduce you to local features worth visiting.

Our city guides to Japan and Japanese regions include detailed information on each city or place’s history, attractions and accommodation.

Find information on places to visit in Japan: Japanese gardens, areas of natural beauty, castles, museums, temples and shrines plus travel specifics, tourist information centers, shopping and dining out listings.

Hokkaido

Sapporo – big city with a big name for winter sports
Abashiri – Hokkaido’s drift ice wonderland
Asahikawa – Ainu culture stronghold
Cape Soya – Hokkaido’s northern tip, imposing monuments galore
Hakodate – exquisite seafood, old Western architecture
Niseko – skiing paradise near Sapporo
Noboribetsu – Hokkaido’s premier hot spring resort
Otaki Ice Cave – icy rural Hokkaido enchantment
Otaru – “Venice of Japan” with gas-lamp-lit canals
Rebun Island – remote island for peace, quiet and great hiking
Rishiri Island – Rebun Island’s mountainous sister
Shiretoko Peninsula – rugged eastern “End of the Land”
Wakkanai – Hokkaido’s northernmost city

Tohoku

Sendai – Miyagi prefectural capital with vibrant history and modernity
Akita – summer festival, great art galleries, famous sake
Aomori – unique Nebuta festival and related arts
Hiraizumi – quiet legacy of a golden past
Hirosaki – architectural and natural wonders
Kakunodate – sylvan magic of old castle town
Lake Tazawa – Japan’s deepest lake
Matsushima – exquisite scenic beauty, cultural refinement
Morioka – Iwate’s green prefectural capital, famous soba noodles

Kanto

Tokyo – morphing metropolis where worlds cohabit
Boso Peninsula – floral wilderness by the sea
Chichibu – gateway to Saitama’s mountains
Choshi – soy sauce capital, major fish market
Enoshima – fun, resort island in Sagami Bay
Hakone – lakeside mountain resort
Ikaho Onsen – spa town close to Tokyo
Izu Oshima – volcanic island, part of Tokyo
Izu Peninsula – history, literature, Seven Waterfalls
Kamakura – old samurai power spot
Kawagoe – old castle and merchant town
Kinchakuda Higanbana Fields & Mt Hiwada in Hidaka City – florid fall flowers, countryside cosplay
Kofu – Yamanashi prefectural capital, medieval warlord stronghold
Koma Shrine & Shoden-in Temple in Hidaka City – ancient Korean history
Kujukuri – good surf, solitude, sardines
Kumagaya – “Very hot!”
Kusatsu Onsen – healing spa town
Lake Okutama – remote Tokyo lakeside settlement
Mito – Ibaraki prefectural capital: natto fermented beans, exquisite garden
Mt. Buko – half-forested, half-mined mountain
Mt. Dodaira – great outdoors, starry skies, views of Tokyo
Mt. Nokogiri – stupendous alpine scenery, towering Buddhas
Nagatoro – river cruises, rocks, buckwheat noodles
Nikko – Shogunate splendor
Oya Valley – bizarre rock formations of Oya stone
Saitama – Tokyo’s nature-filled bed town, Railway Museum
Shosenkyo Gorge – imposing scenic beauty
Takasaki, Gunma – 40-meter White Robed Kannon
Tsukuba – Tokyo’s science city
Utsunomiya – Japan’s gyoza capital
Wadokuroya, Chichibu in Saitama – ancient copper coinage
Yokohama – cosmopolitan from way back

Chubu

Nagoya – Aichi prefectural capital, central Japan’s industrial hub Atami – hot springs, sea views, seafood Ena – gateway to mountain hiking Fukui – historical treasure trove with Dinosaur Museum. Gamagori – attraction-packed resort town Gero Onsen – mountain hot spring resort in Gifu Gifu – prefectural capital with cormorant fishing Gujo Hachiman – traditional alpine village Hakuba – Olympic-class skiing in Japan Alps Hamamatsu – musical instruments and motorbikes Hida Furukawa – canals of carp, tranquility Inuyama – centuries-old wooden castle Kamikochi – breathtaking alpine hiking Kanazawa – timeless Japan Sea-side beauty and culture Kanzanji Onsen – lakeside rest & recreation Karuizawa – mountain resort par excellence Kiso-Fukushima – old Nakasendo Highway checkpoint Kurobe – thin air adventures Kurobe Dam – mammoth engineering marvel Kurobe Gorge – super-scenic train rides Kuwana – nostalgic day trip, fierce festival Lake Hamanako – easy-access fun on water Lake Suwa, Nagano – “Caution, gods crossing!” Magome & Tsumago – “baskets” of old highway history Matsumoto – ancient “Crow” Castle, famous noodles Matsushiro – castle town near Nagano city Mt. Fuji – Japan’s iconic mountain Murodo Plateau – Toyama Prefecture highland Nagano – 1988 Winter Olympics host city Nakatsugawa – quiet town on the Nakasendo Narai – lovely Nakasendo village Niigata – Japan Sea port city, gateway to Sado Island Obuse – Hokusai connections Okazaki – birthplace of warlord Ieyasu Tokugawa Sado Island – gold, seafood, sake and exile Sakushima – art-studded island in Aichi Seto – ancient kilns and distinctive pottery Shimoda – Commodore Perry’s landing point Shizuoka – historic castle town on the Tokaido Takayama – “little Kyoto” in the mountains Tokoname – ceramics town on the Chita Peninsula Toi – silver, gold and Suruga Bay Toyama – pills, glassware, alpine gateway Toyohashi – pleasant, culture-rich industrial port town Toyota – home city of Toyota Corp

Kansai

Kyoto – Japan’s former capital still rules
Osaka – vibrant, earthy western metropolis
Akame Shijuhataki – sublime waterfalls with a mystic past
Arima Onsen – deep in hot water
Awaji Island – island in the Inland Sea
Fukuchiyama – tranquil country town with meticulously restored fortress
Himeji – with a huge, gleaming, storybook castle
Hongu – sylvan retreat among pilgrimage trails
Iga Ueno – home of the ninja
Ise Shima & Toba – sacredness, ocean beauty, pearls
Kobe – Hyogo Prefecture’s port with Japan’s first fashion museum
Kii Peninsula – Pacific Coast wilderness dotted with shrines
Kumano City – pleasant seaside town on the Kumano Kodo
Kumano Kodo – heavenly hiking
Matsusaka – old merchant powerhouse
Miyama – thatched houses and rural crafts near Kyoto
Mt. Koyasan – hundreds of temples deep in highland forest
Mt. Omine – training ground for the spirit
Nachi – highest waterfall in Japan
Nagahama – famous warlord’s castle town by Lake Biwa
Nara – ancient capital with great remnants of former power
Omi Hachiman – old canal town by Lake Biwa
Shingu – an ancient Shinto deity and a Chinese sage
Tanabe
Takao
Tsu

Shikoku

Iya Valley
Kochi
Matsuyama
Megijima & Ogijima
Naoshima
Naruto
Oboke Gorge
Shodoshima
Takamatsu
Tokushima

Chugoku

Hiroshima
Chiburijima
Dogo
Hagi
Hamada
Honjima
Ikuchijima
Innoshima
Inujima & Teshima
Iwakuni
Izumo
Kurashiki
Matsue
Masuda
Nakanoshima
Nishinoshima
Okayama
Oki Islands
Okunoshima
Onomichi
Shimonoseki
Tsuwano

Kyushu

Fukuoka
Mt Aso Caldera
Beppu Onsen
Chiran
Dazaifu
Hiji
Himeshima
Hirado
Huis Ten Bosch
Kagoshima
Kannawa
Kirishima
Kokura
Kumamoto
Kunisaki Peninsula
Lake Shitaka
Miyazaki
Moji-ko Port Kitakyushu
Nagasaki
Nakatsu
Oita & Beppu
Oka Castle Taketa
Sakurajima
Shimabara & Mt Unzen
Space World, Yahata
Takachiho
Usa
Usuki
Yabakei Gorge
Yanagawa
Yunohira
Yufuin

Okinawa

Okinawa
Iriomote
Ishigaki
Miyakojima
Naha
Okinawa World
Sefa Utaki
Taketomi
Yaeyama Islands
Yokatsu Islands

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