Japan is an island country in East Asia located in the northwest Pacific Ocean. It is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and comprises an archipelago of 6,852 islands covering 377,975 square kilometers; its five main islands, from north to south, are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa. Tokyo is the country's capital and largest city; other major cities include Osaka and Nagoya.
Japan is truly timeless, a place where ancient traditions are fused with modern life as if it were the most natural thing in the world. From kimono-clad geishas singing karaoke in Kyoto to Buddhist monks whizzing around Tokyo on motorbikes, Japan is a fascinating land of contrasts, a heady mix of tradition and modernity that often bewilders but never bores.
Nowhere in the world blends the old and new quite like Japan. The country is a pioneer in the fields of design, technology, fashion and cuisine. You can set your watch by the trains, eat meals that look like works of contemporary art and relieve yourself in the most technologically advanced toilets on the planet.
Destinations | Major Regions
Hokkaido is Japan with breathing space. Outside, fragrant air, wild mountains, virgin forests, pristine lakes, and surf-beaten shores are all within easy reach of cities and towns. It is the second largest, northernmost and least developed of Japan's four main islands. Its weather is harsh in winter with lots of snowfall, below zero temperatures and frozen seas, while in summer it does not get as hot and humid as in the other parts of the country. With its unspoiled nature, Hokkaido attracts many outdoor lovers, including skiers and snowboarders in the colder seasons and hikers, cyclists and campers from June to September.
The Tohoku region of Japan is home to prostine rural landscapes and historical treasures,outdoor adventures in summer and endless powder snow in winter.The devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit this region in 2011, but Tohoku's people is resilient, their local passion and pride are putting the area back on its feet. There are plenty things to be proud of—dramatic landscapes, history-rich sites, craft sake and a host of outdoor activities such as rafting, hiking and skiing etc. Much more rural than Tokyo yet more developed than Hokkaido, the Tohoku region makes for exciting excursions from the capital and memorable side trips on the journey to Japan's most northern island.
Kanto also has rustic mountain and subtropical islands, hot spring resorts, unspoiled mountain gorges, pristine beaches,UNESCO World Heritage sites and cultural treasures.Capital in Tokyo, the world's biggest metropolis,it fully engages the senses with its fushion of modernization and tradition.The diverse port city of Yokohama and the immersive nature of Gunma, Saitama and Ibaraki are right on Tokyo's doorstep. The volcanic Ogasawara Islands offer a subtropical getaway with endemic wildlife and clear water. Kanto's culinary options are as varied as the landscape—restaurants serving cuisine from every corner of the globe abound at every price point.
The Chubu region has many popular, bizarre and spectacular festivals to enjoy throughout the year. It has very different climates and landscapes. The weather on the Japan Sea coast is cooler than the baking southern Pacific coast around Nagoya in summer with heavy snow along the north coast in winter. Winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding are possible in Nagano, Niigata and Gifu, three prefectures whose mountains make up the majestic Japan Alps.
This is a rich culture and diverse sceneries region lies in the southern-central region of Japan's main island Honshu,It is a cultural center and the historical heart of Japan.There are many things to do here,Experience fantastic nightlife, peaceful temples and shrines, and soul-searching pilgrimages.The nation's ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara are filled with cultural and historical sites,while Koyasan in Wakayama has been a religious destination for centuries.
The less-popular Chugoku region is full of rural beauty, rewarding hikes and great historical significance. It is the westernmost region of Honshu. With its well-known history and famed floating shrine, it is hard to overlook Hiroshima. 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.
Shikoku is one of the five main islands of Japan.It was isolated for centuries,but now easy to access from Honshu via three express way.The stunning Iya Valley, rugged Pacific coastline, mountain ranges and free-flowing rivers all draw visitors to explore. Your physical incarnation will feast upon the remote temples, historic castles and gardens, excellent regional cuisine and modern pleasures of Tokushima, Kochi, Matsuyama and Takamatsu,and your soul could be intoxcated by those unpralleled beauties.
Japan's southern island is best explored at a leisurely pace. Head south to relax on an island bursting with spectacular nature, culture and cuisine.The island is mountainous, and Japan's most active volcano, Mt Aso at 1,591 metres, is on Kyushu,Japan’s third-largest island,is internationally famous for its porky ramen,unique hot springs,lush mountains, peaceful beaches and friendly locals.The seismic activity has created a craggy wonderland of eight steaming hot spring areas, known collectively as Beppu Onsen, as well as soaring peaks to hike, such as Mt.Karakuni in the Kirishima mountain range. Offering a taste of both cutting-edge modernity and slow-paced living.
Okinawa is the smallest and least populated of the five main islands of Japan.It goes by the name of "Asian Hawaii" due to distinct views,the subtropical sun and white sand,crystal sea water,Come for whale watching and dragon boat races, rare flora and fauna, and an island mindset that makes you forget the clock and follow the sun.Also it is a chain of islands with its own history as an independent kingdom and a distinctly subtropical climate,as well as the birthplace of karate. Explore the ruins and restored castles of the Ryukyu kings, and visit magnificent beaches and coastlines with an amazing array of coral and undersea life.