Located in the Pacific Ocean, Japan is an island which consists of 47 prefectures. It is divided into the 4 main islands of Honshu, Hokkaido to the north, Shikoku to the west and Kyushu to the south. Honshu consists of the following sub-regions: Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, Kansai and Chugoku. The island of Okinawa is located to the far south.
Japan's capital of Tokyo is located on the main island of Honshu, in the Kanto region.
Each prefecture is known for its unique culture, things to do, regional dishes and local festivals.
Hokkaido is Japan's northernmost island and largest prefecture. Its heavy snowfall in winter attracts tourists to its ski resorts while the cooler summer weather makes it a favourite place for visitors to escape the humidity.
Tohoku is dotted with lakes and mountains, where scenic and natural sights come to life in vibrant autumnal colours.
Kanto offers a mix of the city and countryside, with the bright lights of Tokyo and Yokohama contrasting the rustic hot spring resorts in Japan’s most densely-populated region.
Home to Mount Fuji, Chubu has spectacular mountain views and is made for outdoor enthusiasts with a sense of adventure.
Kansai is a cultural and food hub, with Japan’s former capital Kyoto and Nara’s rich tradition complementing Osaka and Kobe’s culinary attractions.
The picturesque Chugoku region is characterised by well-preserved historic towns and Hiroshima’s Miyajima.
Warm Shikoku is Japan’s smallest, least-populated island and its seclusion provides many hidden treasures to view away from the bustling city life.
Japan’s third largest island, Kyushu is lined with hot springs and is where Mount Aso, Japan’s most active volcano resides.
Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture, is a subtropical haven for beach and underwater activities with its pristine beaches and beautiful coral reefs.