Japan Destination Guides

Detailed travel guides for the main regions of the country
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Iriomote Island, Okinawa (© Yuri Awanohara)
Map of Guide to Japan's Main Regions
Guide to Japan's Main Regions

Japan is roughly the size of California, with thousands of islands offering a huge variety of things to see and do. You can experience some of the world's best powder skiing in the north of the country or bask on tropical beaches in southern Okinawa. Top it off with its unique traditional culture and fabulous transportation system, and you're sure to have the trip of a lifetime.

Schooling sweeper fish, Miyako Island
Map of Ultimate Guide to Diving & Snorkeling in Okinawa
Ultimate Guide to Diving & Snorkeling in Okinawa

One of Okinawa's most alluring draws lies not on land, but offshore. Colorful sea life and dramatic coral formations make this Japanese archipelago a world-class destination for snorkeling and diving.

Coral reefs of Okinawa
Map of Ultimate Guide to Okinawa
Ultimate Guide to Okinawa

Okinawa's attractions have something for everyone. They cater to cocktail-sipping beach bums, history buffs, and active adventurers alike. The island is fairly small, so even a long weekend can make for a refreshing breath of tropical air.

Fall foliage in Nikko
Ultimate Guide to Nikko: Japan's Urban Escape

Just a two-hour train ride from the bright lights of Tokyo, you'll find the urban escape of your dreams. Nikko offers centuries-old shrines to explore, natural hot springs with views of brilliant fall foliage, and Japan's first Western-style hotel. Get out of the city and dive into historic Nikko with this ultimate guide.