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Hokkaido is a popular tourist destination that boasts many attractions, from the breathtaking lavender fields of Furano and the world heritage site Shiretoko, to the sumptuous gourmet cuisine of Northern Japan. Here you will find information about the culture and cuisine of Hokkaido, an island whose cultural delights vary from region to region.
With Japan’s longest Ou Mountain Range as the border, the Tohoku region is divided into the Pacific coast area, the Japan Sea coast area, and the Sanriku area. Endowed with nature’s bounty and beauty, Tohoku is full of sightseeing spots to explore and enjoy for all seasons, with regional delectable cuisine and activities.
The Kanto region is in the eastern part of the Honshu main island and home to Tokyo, one of the world’s leading metropolises. While a sprawling urban area, there is also an abundance of tradition, history and natural beauty to enjoy. Whether for leisure or dining, the Kanto region always offers something unique and exciting.
The Chubu area is located where the Japanese archipelago divides into east and west. The area gets a marine culture from the Tsushima Current on the Sea of Japan coast and the Kuroshio Current on the Pacific Ocean coast. It also has a mountain culture created by its many peaks, such as the Japan Alps. There are many diverse ways to enjoy the region.
The Kansai area is home to famous cities such as Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara. In the area where the capital existed for about 1,500 years, you can experience the history and culture of Japan, including historic buildings such as shrines and temples, Maiko (an apprentice geisha in Kyoto and Western Japan) and traditional Japanese cuisine.
The Chugoku area is characterized by its prosperity of commercial cities that have long used sea transportation, mainly along the coast of the Seto Inland Sea and many port towns. You can enjoy Japanese culture as well as the world-famous Itsukushima Shrine, which was the stage of Japanese mythology, as well as the seafood of the Sea of Japan and the Seto Inland Sea.
The Shikoku region is one of the four main islands that make up the Japanese archipelago. Surrounded by the sea and mountains, you can enjoy everything from nature to food. In addition, this area has a variety of attractions, such as modern arts in the Setouchi Triennale and spiritual experiences such as pilgrims.
The Kyushu Region is the farthest southwesternmost of the four main islands of Japan. The region is also widely known as the kingdom of Hot Springs, and is home to the well-known resorts of Beppu, Kurokawa and Yufuin. You can enjoy quality water and breathtaking scenery.
Okinawa has a unique culture since ancient times. From food and cultural experiences such as buildings that are different from the other Japanese archipelago, you can also experience the resort feeling of beautiful seas, beaches, mangrove forests and more.
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