The archipelago of Japan consists of four main islands, eight regions of Japan, and a total of 47 prefectures between them, each with their own diverse traditions, culture, food, and history. Hokkaido is the main northern island, followed by Honshu (home to Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, Kansai, and Chugoku), Shikoku, Kyushu, and the Okinawa islands to the southwest.
Discover the unique offerings of each region by checking out the Japan areas above, like the coastal prefecture of Shizuoka (home to hot springs, Mt. Fuji, and a booming agricultural industry) and Nara Prefecture (which boasts eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites). While Japan might be perceived as a tiny country (the archipelago is smaller than the state of California), the nation is diverse in climate and culture. Each area of Japan has its own staple produce and regional Japanese cuisine.
Not only can you explore the popular destinations of Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, but there are also a variety of other areas in Japan ranging from adventurous spots for daredevils to super-rural areas where visitors can connect with the land and people. From climbing Mt. Fuji in Shizuoka to indulging in matcha tea in Uji to enjoying island life in Okinawa (considered to be Japan’s Hawaii), these Japan areas each offer diverse experiences and ample opportunity for exploration. To make your Japan travel planning a little easier, browse these area pages where you can discover Japan tourist attractions, Japanese food experiences, and more!