Kushiro Washo Market_Kushiro
Kushiro Washo Market_Kushiro

Goryokaku_Hakodate
Goryokaku_Hakodate

Lake Akan Ice Festival_Kushiro
Lake Akan Ice Festival_Kushiro

Kushiro Washo Market_Kushiro
Kushiro Washo Market_Kushiro

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Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, is known for its volcanoes, natural hot springs (onsen) and ski areas. Rugged Daisetsuzan National Park is home to steaming, volcanic Mount Asahi. Shikotsu-Tōya National Park contains caldera lakes, geothermal springs and a Mount Fuji look-alike, Mount Yōtei. Popular ski resorts include Rusutsu, Furano and Niseko.

 
Aizu Autumn Festival_Fukushima
Aizu Autumn Festival_Fukushima

Aizu Ouchijuku_Fukushima
Aizu Ouchijuku_Fukushima

Appi Kogen Ski Resort_Iwate
Appi Kogen Ski Resort_Iwate

Aizu Autumn Festival_Fukushima
Aizu Autumn Festival_Fukushima

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Tohoku, a region of Japan’s Honshu Island, is known for its volcanoes, mountainous terrain and skiing. It's home to the tiny, pine-covered islets of Matsushima Bay, and Lake Towada, a huge crater lake renowned for its bright-blue color and surrounding forests. Tohoku's biggest city is Sendai, site of the Osaki Hachimangu Shinto shrine and ornate Zuihoden, the tomb of feudal lord Date Masamune.

 
Iida Machi, Toroyama Festival_Ishikawa
Iida Machi, Toroyama Festival_Ishikawa

Gokayama_Toyama
Gokayama_Toyama

Man'yo Festival in Ajimano_Fukui
Man'yo Festival in Ajimano_Fukui

Iida Machi, Toroyama Festival_Ishikawa
Iida Machi, Toroyama Festival_Ishikawa

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Hokuriku region was located in the northwestern part of Honshu, the main island of Japan. It lay along the Sea of Japan within the Chūbu region, which it is currently a part of. It is almost equivalent to Koshi Province and Hokurikudō area in pre-modern Japan.

 
Zenkoji temple_Nagano
Zenkoji temple_Nagano

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View-of-Mt.-Fuji-from-Mt

Fuji Shibazakura Festival_Yamanashi
Fuji Shibazakura Festival_Yamanashi

Zenkoji temple_Nagano
Zenkoji temple_Nagano

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Koushinetsu region, Central region, or Central Japan is a region in the middle of Honshu Japan's main island. It encompasses prefectures: Yamanashi, Nagano, and Niigata.

 
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Ikaho Onsen Spa_Gunma

Heirinji Temple_Saitama
Heirinji Temple_Saitama

Isumi railroad and Isumi river_Chiba
Isumi railroad and Isumi river_Chiba

Ikaho Onsen Spa_Gunma
Ikaho Onsen Spa_Gunma

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Kanto region is a geographical area of Honshu, the largest island of Japan. The region includes the Greater Tokyo Area and encompasses seven prefectures: Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tokyo, Chiba, and Kanagawa. Within its boundaries, slightly more than 45 percent of the land area is the Kanto Plain.

 
Daiganji Temple_Aichi
Daiganji Temple_Aichi

Mt. Fuji_Shizuoka
Mt. Fuji_Shizuoka

Hinjitsukan Teien Garden_Mie
Hinjitsukan Teien Garden_Mie

Daiganji Temple_Aichi
Daiganji Temple_Aichi

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Tokai region is a subregion of the Chubu region and Kansai region in Japan that runs along the Pacific Ocean. The name comes from the Tōkaidō, one of the Edo Five Routes. It encompasses prefectures: Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu and Mie.

 
Castle town_Shiga
Castle town_Shiga

Yakushiji Temple_Nara
Yakushiji Temple_Nara

Genkyuen Garden_Hyogo
Genkyuen Garden_Hyogo

Castle town_Shiga
Castle town_Shiga

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Kansai is a region in the south of Honshu, Japan's main island. In its center is the city of Kyoto, Japan's capital from 794 to 1869. Its canalside Philosopher’s Walk is home to Buddhist temples like Ginkaku-ji, with its pine-framed pond, and Nanzen-ji, with a renowned Zen garden. Directly south is the city of Nara, Japan's 8th-century capital. Nara Park is home to Todai-ji temple and free-roaming deer.

 
Kintaikyo Bridge_Yamaguchi
Kintaikyo Bridge_Yamaguchi

Izumo Taisha Shrine_Shimane
Izumo Taisha Shrine_Shimane

Okayama Korakuen Garden_Okayama
Okayama Korakuen Garden_Okayama

Kintaikyo Bridge_Yamaguchi
Kintaikyo Bridge_Yamaguchi

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Chugoku region, also known as the San'in-San'yo, is the westernmost region of Honshu, the largest island of Japan. It consists of the prefectures of Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, and Yamaguchi.

 
Awa Dance Festival_Tokushima
Awa Dance Festival_Tokushima

Unpenji temple_Tokushima
Unpenji temple_Tokushima

Kokubunji Temple_Tokushima
Kokubunji Temple_Tokushima

Awa Dance Festival_Tokushima
Awa Dance Festival_Tokushima

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Shikoku is the smallest of Japan’s major islands. It's encircled by a 1,200km, 88-temple Buddhist pilgrimage route (henro) honoring the 9th-century monk Kukai. Shikoku's major cities include Matsuyama, home to 8 of the pilgrimage temples, plus feudal Matsuyama Castle and Dogo Onsen, one of Japan’s earliest known hot-spring spas. The island’s mountainous interior has hiking trails and rivers with whitewater rapids.

 
Ibusuki Natural Sand Bath_Kagoshima
Ibusuki Natural Sand Bath_Kagoshima

Gion Yamakasa Festival_Fukuoka
Gion Yamakasa Festival_Fukuoka

Kurokawa Hot Springs_Kumamoto
Kurokawa Hot Springs_Kumamoto

Ibusuki Natural Sand Bath_Kagoshima
Ibusuki Natural Sand Bath_Kagoshima

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Kyushu, the southwesternmost of Japan’s main islands, has a mostly subtropical climate. It’s known for its active volcanoes, beaches and natural hot springs such as those at Beppu. Its city of Fukuoka is home to museums, mega-malls and Kushida-jinja, an 8th-century Shinto shrine. The city of Nagasaki's 1945 devastation by an atomic bomb is commemorated at the Nagasaki Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum.