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Hokkaido-region

51Hokkaido-region
Hokkaido is one of the four major islands located at the northernmost tip of Japan. On the island of Japan, it is the second largest after Honshu.
About half of Hokkaido is a mountainous area, and it is characterized by many lands with less inclination.

 

There are many ski resorts and natural hot springs in Hokkaido, and it ranks # 1 every year in Japan's tourist attractions rankings.

 

Popular tourist spots
Asahiyama Zoo

51Asahiyama-Zoo

Mount Hakodate

51Mount-Hakodate

Noboribetsu Onsen

51Noboribetsu-Onsen

Goryokaku

51Goryokaku

Otaru Canal

 

Tohoku-region

52Tohoku-region
The Tohoku region is located in the northeastern part of Honshu, the largest island in Japan.
The Tohoku region consists of Aomori Prefecture, Iwate Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture, Akita Prefecture, Yamagata Prefecture, and Fukushima Prefecture.

 

There are many rural areas and good quality rice is produced.
You can enjoy lakes such as "Twelve Lakes in the Shirakami Sanchi", "Towada Lake" and "Zao's okama" and the scenery unique to heavy snowfall areas.
In addition, festivals such as "Aomori Nebuta Festival", "Akita Kantou Festival" and "Yamagata Hanagasa Festival" are also famous.

 

Popular tourist spots
Hirosaki-jo Castle (Aomori)

52Hirosaki-jo-Castle

Ryusen-do stalactite cave (Iwate)

52Ryusen-do-stalactite-cave

Sendai Yagiyama Zoo (Miyagi)

52Selcohome-Zoo-Paradise-Yagiyama

Kakunodate Bukeyashiki (Akita)

52Kakunodate-Bukeyashiki

Yama-dera temple (Yamagata)

52Yama-dera-temple

Takayu Onsen (Fukushima)

52Takayu-Onsen

Kanto-region

53Kanto-region
The Kanto region is located to the east of Honshu, the largest island in Japan.
The Kanto region consists of Ibaraki Prefecture, Tochigi Prefecture, Gunma Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, Tokyo Metropolis, and Kanagawa Prefecture.

 

It is the center of Japan's politics and economy, the most developed region.
A third of Japan's total population lives in the Kanto region.
Although it is a densely populated area, there are also many natural parks.

 

Popular tourist spots
Hitachi-kaihin-koen Park (Ibaraki)

53Hitachi-kaihin-koen-Park

Kegon-no-taki Waterfall (Tochigi)

53Kegon-no-taki-Waterfall

Kusatsu-Onsen (Gunma)

53Kusatsu-Onsen

Tove Jansson Akebono Childrenfs Forest Park (Saitama)

53Tove-Jansson-Akebono-Childrens-Forest-Park

Kamogawa-Seaworld (Chiba)

53Kamogawa-Seaworld

Ueno Zoo (Tokyo)

53ueno-zoo

Minato Mirai 21 (Kanagawa)

53Minato-Mirai-21

 

Chubu-region

54Chubu-region
The Chubu region is located between Tokyo and Osaka.
The Chubu region is divided into three regions, the "Khoshinetsu region" near the Kanto region, the "Hokuriku region" on the Sea of Japan side, and the "Tokai region" on the Pacific side.

 

- Khoshinetsu region: "Niigata Prefecture" "Yamanashi Prefecture" "Nagano Prefecture"
- Hokuriku Region: "Toyama Prefecture" "Ishikawa Prefecture" "Fukui Prefecture"
- Tokai region: "Gifu Prefecture" "Shizuoka Prefecture" "Aichi Prefecture" "Mie Prefecture"
Mie Prefecture belongs to the Kinki region.

 

The Sea of Japan side is a heavy snowfall area, and the center is a mountainous area.
The industrial area spreads on the Pacific side.

 

Popular tourist spots
Bandai-Bashi Bridge (Niigata)

54Bandai-Bashi-Bridge

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (Toyama)

54Tateyama-Kurobe-Alpine-Route

Kenrokuen garden(Ishikawa)

54Kenrokuen-garden

Tojinbo (Fukui)

54Tojinbo

Fujikyu Highland (Yamanashi)

54Fujikyu-Highland

Nozawa Onsen (Nagano)

54Nozawa-Onsen

Takayama City Sanmachi Traditional Building Conservation Area (Gifu)

54Sanmachi-Traditional-Building-Conservation-Area

Fuji Safari Park (Shizuoka)

54Fuji-Safari-Park

Inuyama-jo Castle (Aichi)

54Inuyama-jo-Castle

Kansai-region

55Kinki-region
The Kinki region is located in the midwest of Honshu, Japan's largest island.
The Kinki region consists of Mie Prefecture, Shiga Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture, Hyogo Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, and Wakayama Prefecture.
It is Japan's second largest urban area after the Kanto region and an economic zone.

 

Kinki is pronounced "kinky" in English, and is called "Kansai" for overseas use.
The Kansai region does not include "Mie Prefecture," but "Kansai" will be used on this website.

 

In the land of the royal castle from ancient times, there was a Japanese capital until Tokyo capital relocation.
For this reason, many old burial mounds, shrines and temples remain.

 

Popular tourist spots
Toba Aquarium (Mie)

55Toba-Aquarium

Lake Biwa (Shiga)

55Lake-Biwa

Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine (Kyoto)

55Fushimi-Inari-Taisha-shrine

Universal Studios Japan (Osaka)

55Universal-Studios-Japan

Himeji-jo Castle (Hyogo)

55Himeji-jo-Castle

Todaiji Temple (Nara)

55Todaiji-Temple

Adventure world (Wakayama)

55Adventure-world

 

Chugoku-region

56Chugoku-region
The Chugoku region is located to the west of Honshu, Japan's largest island.
The Chugoku region consists of Tottori Prefecture, Shimane Prefecture, Okayama Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefecture, and Yamaguchi Prefecture.

 

Chugoku Mountain Range is in the center, and it is divided into "San-in region" on the Japan Sea side and "Sanyo region" on the Seto Inland Sea side.

 

The Sea of Japan side has a large amount of snowfall and there is also a ski resorts.
There are industrial areas in Hiroshima and Okayama on the Seto Inland Sea side.

 

Popular tourist spots
Tottori Sand Dunes (Tottori)

56Tottori-Sand-Dunes

Izumo Taisha Shrine (Shimane)

56Izumo-Taisha-Shrine

Kurashiki Bikan historical quarter (Okayama)

56Kurashiki-Bikan-historical-quarter

Maritime Self-Defense Force Kure Museum (Hiroshima)

56Maritime-Self-Defense-Force-Kure-Museum

Tsunoshima-Ohashi bridge (Yamaguchi)

56Tsunoshima-Ohashi-bridge

Shikoku-region

57Shikoku-region
Shikoku is the smallest of the four major islands.
The Shikoku region consists of Tokushima Prefecture, Kagawa Prefecture, Ehime Prefecture, and Kochi Prefecture.

 

Shikoku is connected to Honshu by "Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Ohnaruto Bridge", "Seto-ohashi Bridges" and "Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Bridges".

 

The north faces the Seto Inland Sea and the south faces the Pacific Ocean.
It is rich in nature, including Japan's last limpid stream and beautiful valleys.
Shikoku has different cultures and food cultures in each of the four prefectures.

 

Popular tourist spots
Iyakei (Tokushima)

57Iyakei

Ritsurin-koen Park (Kagawa)

57Ritsurin-koen-Park

Matsuyama-jo Castle (Ehime)

57Matsuyama-jo-Castle

Katsurahama (Kochi)

57Katsurahama

Kyush/Okinawa-region

58Kyushu-region
Kyushu is the third largest island in the main four islands.
Okinawa Prefecture is a prefecture consisting of more than 150 islands located between Kyushu Island and Taiwan.
The Kyushu / Okinawa region consists of "Fukuoka Prefecture" "Saga Prefecture" "Nagasaki Prefecture" "Kumamoto Prefecture" "Oita Prefecture" "Miyazaki Prefecture" "Kagoshima Prefecture" "Okinawa Prefecture".

 

In the center of Kyushu Island is the Kyushu Mountains. And there is still a lot of nature left.
In addition, there are many volcanoes such as "Mt. Aso", "Mt. Sakurajima" and "Mt. Kirishima" on Kyushu Island, so there are also many hot springs.

 

Islands belonging to the Kyushu / Okinawa region are also blessed with beautiful nature.

 

Popular tourist spots
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine (Fukuoka)

58Dazaifu-Tenmangu-Shrine

Niji-no-Matsubara (Saga)

58Niji-no-Matsubara

Huis Ten Bosch (Nagasaki)

58Huis-Ten-Bosch

Kurokawa Onsen (Kumamoto)

58Kurokawa-Onsen

Yabakei (Oita)

58Yabakei

Takachiho-kyo Gorge (Miyazaki)

58Takachiho-kyo-Gorge

Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots (Kagoshima)

58Chiran-Peace-Museum-for-Kamikaze-Pilots

Ishigaki Island (Okinawa)

58Ishigaki-Island

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–kŠC“¹’n•û(Hokkaido-region)
01 –kŠC“¹(Hokkaido-pref) ŽD–yŽs(Sapporo-city)
“Œ–k’n•û(Tohoku-region)
02 ÂXŒ§(Aomori-pref) ÂXŽs(Aomori-city)
03 ŠâŽèŒ§(Iwate-pref) ·‰ªŽs(Morioka-city)
04 ‹{éŒ§(Miyagi-pref) å‘äŽs(Sendai-city)
05 H“cŒ§(Akita-pref) H“cŽs(Akita-city)
06 ŽRŒ`Œ§(Yamagata-pref) ŽRŒ`Žs(Yamagata-city)
07 •Ÿ“‡Œ§(Fukushima-pref) •Ÿ“‡Žs(Fukushima-city)
ŠÖ“Œ’n•û(Kanto-region)
08 ˆïéŒ§(Ibaraki-pref) …ŒËŽs(Mito-city)
09 “È–ØŒ§(Tochigi-pref) ‰F“s‹{Žs(Utsunomiya-city)
10 ŒQ”nŒ§(Gunma-pref) ‘O‹´Žs(Maebashi-city)
11 é‹ÊŒ§(Saitama-pref) ‚³‚¢‚½‚ÜŽs(Saitama-city)
12 ç—tŒ§(Chiba-pref) ç—tŽs(Chiba-city)
13 “Œ‹ž“s(Tokyo-metropolis) “Œ‹ž23‹æ(Tokyo's 23 wards)
14 _“ސ쌧(Kanagawa-pref) ‰¡•lŽs(Yokohama-city)
’†•”’n•û(Chubu-region)
15 VŠƒŒ§(Niigata-pref) VŠƒŽs(Niigata-city)
16 •xŽRŒ§(Toyama-pref) •xŽRŽs(Toyama-city)
17 ÎìŒ§(Ishikawa-pref) ‹à‘òŽs(Kanazawa-city)
18 •ŸˆäŒ§(Fukui-pref) •ŸˆäŽs(Fukui-city)
19 ŽR—œŒ§(Yamanashi-pref) b•{Žs(Kofu-city)
20 ’·–쌧(Nagano-pref) ’·–ìŽs(Nagano-city)
21 Šò•ŒŒ§(Gifu-pref) Šò•ŒŽs(Gifu-city)
22 Ã‰ªŒ§(Shizuoka-pref) Ã‰ªŽs(Shizuoka-city)
23 ˆ¤’mŒ§(Aichi-pref) –¼ŒÃ‰®Žs(Nagoya-city)
‹ß‹E’n•û(Kinki-region)/ŠÖ¼’n•û(Kansai-region)
24 ŽOdŒ§(Mie-pref) ’ÃŽs(Tsu-city)
25 Ž ‰êŒ§(Shiga-pref) ‘å’ÃŽs(Otsu-city)
26 ‹ž“s•{(Kyoto-pref) ‹ž“sŽs(Kyoto-city)
27 ‘åã•{(Osaka-pref) ‘åãŽs(Osaka-city)
28 •ºŒÉŒ§(Hyogo-pref) _ŒËŽs(Kobe-city)
29 “Þ—ÇŒ§(Nara-pref) “Þ—ÇŽs(Nara-city)
30 ˜a‰ÌŽRŒ§(Wakayama-pref) ˜a‰ÌŽRŽs(Wakayama-city)
’†‘’n•û(Chugoku-region)
31 ’¹ŽæŒ§(Tottori-pref) ’¹ŽæŽs(Tottori-city)
32 “‡ªŒ§(Shimane-pref) ¼]Žs(Matsue-city)
33 ‰ªŽRŒ§(Okayama-pref) ‰ªŽRŽs(Okayama-city)
34 L“‡Œ§(Hiroshima-pref) L“‡Žs(Hiroshima-city)
35 ŽRŒûŒ§(Yamaguchi-pref) ŽRŒûŽs(Yamaguchi-city)
Žl‘’n•û(Shikoku-region)
36 “¿“‡Œ§(Tokushima-pref) “¿“‡Žs(Tokushima-city)
37 ìŒ§(Kagawa-pref) ‚¼Žs(Takamatsu-city)
38 ˆ¤•QŒ§(Ehime-pref) ¼ŽRŽs(Matsuyama-city)
39 ‚’mŒ§(Kochi-pref) ‚’mŽs(Kochi-city)
‹ãBE‰«“ê’n•û(Kyushu/Okinawa-region)
40 •Ÿ‰ªŒ§(Fukuoka-pref) •Ÿ‰ªŽs(Fukuoka-city)
41 ²‰êŒ§(Saga-pref) ²‰êŽs(Saga-city)
42 ’·èŒ§(Nagasaki-pref) ’·èŽs(Nagasaki-city)
43 ŒF–{Œ§(Kumamoto-pref) ŒF–{Žs(Kumamoto-city)
44 ‘啪Œ§(Oita-pref) ‘啪Žs(Oita-city)
45 ‹{èŒ§(Miyazaki-pref) ‹{èŽs(Miyazaki-city)
46 Ž­Ž™“‡Œ§(Kagoshima-pref) Ž­Ž™“‡Žs(Kagoshima-city)
47 ‰«“ꌧ(Okinawa-pref) “ß”eŽs(Naha-city)
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