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Japan Highlights By Major 8 Regions

Japan Highlights Travel Guide

Do you know how many regions are located in Japan?

I don’t want to give you a headache just for a fun trip to Japan, but it can be helpful to understand regions in Japan because you see them often in travel guides.

Or at least, you are interested in which directions to where to travel.

Today, I am going to summarize regions in Japan.

Region Of Japan Is Divided Into Eight

8 regions in Japan

The regions of Japan are basically divided into eight regions based on “the eight regional divisions”.

TohokuAomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, Fukushima
KantoTokyo, Ibaragi, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa
ChubuNiigata, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Yamanashi, Nagano, Gifu, Shizuoka, Aichi
KinkiKyoto, Osaka, *Mie, Shiga, Hyogo, Nara, Wakayama
ChugokuTottori, Shimane, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi
ShikokuTokushima, kagawa, Ehime, Kochi
KyushuHukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Oita, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, *Okinawa

*Mie prefecture is contained in the Tokai area and is often considered as Chubu region too.

*Okinawa prefecture is often called just the Okinawa region. In addition, Okinawa Prefecture and the Amami Islands are collectively referred to as the Nansei Islands.

The eight regional divisions are not obligatory and the administrative divisions of each ministry and agency may differ.

Roughly Divided Into Two Divisions

You may often hear East Japan and West Japan, these are frequently used in any situation.

Eastern Japan includes the Hokkaido, Tohoku region, Kanto region, and Chubu region. West Japan includes the Kinki region, Chugoku region, Shikoku region, and Kyushu region. This division is based on the two major metropolitans, Tokyo in eastern Japan and Osaka in western Japan.


Hokkaido, Japan, Map

Hokkaido is an island located in the northern part of Japan, and Sapporo city is the capital.

It is the largest region and also the largest prefecture itself, as I said, one of the four major islands that make up the Japanese archipelago.

Hokkaido attracts Japanese travelers, because of its big landscape (it’s unusual to the Japanese who live on the main island because we live on a small island with a big population,) cool summers, and great local foods.

Hokkaido is also known as the coldest region in Japan, not only winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding, drift ice watching is also popular as the Hokkaido trip.

This is my personal thought, I have lived in several countries, so Hokkaido can be just normal for you who are from a big county or cold area. However, the local food in Hokkaido is really good.

Popular Sightseeing Spots In Hokkaido

  1. Sapporo city
  2. The night view of Hakodate city
  3. Otaru Canal
  4. Fish Markets
  5. Lavender and flower fields in Biei • Furano area
  6. Winter sports in Niseko
  7. The drift ice experience in Abashiri
  8. Asahikawa Zoo

What To Eat In Hokkaido

  1. Fresh King Crab
  2. Salmon & Salmon roe
  3. Sea urchin
  4. Ramen Noodles (Top 3 Hakkido local ramen noodles; Sapporo, Asahikawa, Hakodate)
  5. “Jingisukan”– Japanese BBQ style grilled Mutton
  6. Soup Curry – the soupy curry with a big chunk of meat, veggies, and rice
  7. Ishikari Nabe – the creamy Miso flavored Japanese pot that the main ingredient is the local salmon
  8. Vegetables such as Corns, potatoes, onions

Popular Onsen Spots In Hokkaido

  1. Niseko Onsen (Niseko Town)
  2. So(u)unkyo (Kamikawa Town)
  3. Jozankei Onsen (Sapporo)
  4. To(u)yako (Toyako town)
  5. Kawayu Onsen (Hongu Town)
  6. Yunokawa Onsen (Hakodate)
  7. Noboribetsu Onsen (Noboribetsuonsen Town)

Among those hot springs, “Noboribetsu Onsen”, “Yunokawa Onsen”, and “Jozankei Onsen” are called “Hokkaido’s Best Three Hot Springs”.

Must-Buy Souvenir Sweets From Hokkaido

  • The Marusei Butter Sand (Rokkatei) – The rich buttercream with rum raisins stuffed rich butter cookies
  • “Shiro no Koibito” White Lovers Cookies (Ishiya) – The “langue de chat” cookies with white chocolate
  • Cheesecake (le TAO)
  • Hokkaido Miso

Hokkaido Travel Tips

Tohoku Region

Tohoku Region, Japan, Map

Tohoku region consists of 6 prefectures of the northern portion of the main island, Japan bordered to the west by the Sea of Japan (East Sea) and to the east by the Pacific Ocean.

In Tohoku, there are unique traditional and unique festivals, fireworks events, and great nature.

The most attractive local ideas of Tohoku regions are such as Aomori Neputa festival, Akita Kanto Festival, Sendai Tanabata Matsuri, Omagari Fireworks, Namahage, Hayachine kagura -Japanese traditional dance.

Great foods especially sake.

Aomori, the Akita, has a strong local accent so sometimes we need translations even for the Japanese.

Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata are known for the heavy snow area.

Popular Sightseeing Spots In Tohoku

  1. Matsushima Bay (Miyagi) – the famous pine-clad islets
  2. Ouchijuku (Fukushima) – the historical district replicated buildings in the Edo period
  3. Shirakami-Sanchi (Aomori) – The World Heritage Site
  4. Chusonji Temple (Iwate)
  5. Hirosaki Castle (Aomori)
  6. Zao Area (Miyagi)

What To Eat in Tohoku

  1. Japanese style BBQ Grilled Beef tongue (Sendai)
  2. Kitakata Ramen Noodles (Kitakata) – One of the most popular ramen noodles, soy sauce based soup.
  3. Wanko Soba Noodles (Iwate) – Don’t forget to cover a bowl to finish eating!
  4. “Kiritanpo” (Akita) – Toasted mashed rice formed around skewers
  5. Inaniwa Udon Noodles (Akita)
  6. Senbeijuru (Aomori) – The local Japanese pot which is a soy sauce broth with vegetables, fish, meat, and mushrooms adding cracked Nanbu Senbei in.
  7. Sendai Beef (Sendai)
  8. Fresh Bluefin Tuna From Oma (Aomori)
  9. Morioka Reimen (Morioka) – The Korean style cold noodles

Popular Onsen Spots In Tohoku

  1. Ginzan Onsen (Yamagata Prefecture)
  2. Akiu Onsen (Miyagi Prefecture)
  3. Zao Onsen (Yamagata Prefecture)
  4. Higashiyama Onsen (Fukushima Prefecture)
  5. Sukayu Onsen (Aomori Prefecture)
  6. Asamushi Onsenkyo (Aomori Prefecture)
  7. Tsuru no Yu (Akita Prefecture)
  8. Hanamaki Onsen (Iwate Prefecture)

Must-Buy Souvenir Sweets & Food From Tohoku

  • Hagi no Tsuki (Kasho Sanzen) from Sendai – the fluffy cake stuffed custard cream
  • Kamome no Tamago (saito Seika) from Iwate – the bean cake made from white sweet bean paste, flour, egg, sugar.
  • Nanbu Tekki – Local high quality cast iron
  • Sendai Miso -local savory miso paste

Tohoku Travel Tips

Kanto Region

Kanto Region, Japan, Map

The Kanto region, which has Japan’s largest metropolitan Tokyo as you know, and has a population of 1/3 of Japan.
Because of the “metropolitan area,” it still has been developing as a source of politics, economy, and culture.

People come to the Tokyo area from all over the world, not just from all over Japan. It is hard to find a quiet place where to be settled in the Tokyo areas such as Ginza, Nihonbashi, Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Ikebukuro, and Odaiba.

Ueno, Asakusa, and Fukagawa attract visitors with their nostalgic atmosphere, and Aoyama, Roppongi, and Shirokane are know as sophisticated areas.

Not only cool culture, but there are also many museums, historical buildings, and great nature in the Kanto region around Tokyo.

there are many attractive tourist spots in Japan, including amusement parks and hot springs.

The largest China town in Japan is located in Yokohama city, Tokyo Disney Land is located din Chiba,

Popular Sightseeing Spots In Kanto (Outside of Tokyo)

  1. Tokyo Disney Resort
  2. Yokohama City
  3. Hakone City
  4. Kamakura City
  5. Nikko Toshogu (Tochigi)

What To Eat In Kanto

  1. Monjya Yaki (Tokyo)
  2. Pond Loach “Dojo” Dish (Tokyo)
  3. Utsunomiya Gyoza (Utusnomiya)
  4. Mizusawa Udon Noodles (Gunma)
  5. Kamaage Shirasu (Fujisawa)
  6. Houtou (Hakone)

Popular Onsen Spots In Kanto

  1. Kusatsu Onsen (Gunma)
  2. Ikaho Onsen (Gunma)
  3. Minakami Onsen (Gunma)
  4. Manza Onsen (Gunma)
  5. Nasu Onsen (Tochigi)
  6. Kidokawa Onsen (Tochigi)
  7. Shiobawa Onsen (Tochigi)
  8. Hakone Yumoto Onsen (Kanagawa)
  9. Gora Onsen (Kanagawa)
  10. Yugawara Onsen (Kanagawa)
  11. Sengokubara Onsen (Kanagawa)
  12. Kamogawa Onsen (Chiba)

Must-Buy Souvenir Sweets & Food From Kanto

  • Tokyo Black Thunder (Yuraku Seika) from Tokyo – The ultimate choco bar Tokyo limited version
  • Tokyo Banana (Grapestone) from Tokyo – the banana-shaped fluffy cake stuffed custard or other flavored creams
  • Ningyo Yaki (Tokyo) – the little baked doll cake
  • Kurumikko (Kamakura BENIYA) from Kamakura – the soft cookies stuffed toffy with chestnuts
  • Yokohama Renga Dori (Wishbon) from Yokohama – the almond cookies stuffed toffy
  • Hato Sabure (Toshimaya) from Kamakura – Dove shaped butter cookies
  • Edomae Miso

Tokyo & Kanto Travel Tips

Chubu Region

Chubu Region, Map, Japan

The central region in Japan called the “Chubu region” contains Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Yamanashi, Nagano, Gifu, Shizuoka, and Aichi.

As the name suggests, the Chubu region is located in the center of the main island which is composed of the most prefectures among other regions.

Chubu region has also been divided into three regions-Tokai area, the Hokuriku area, and the Shinshu area.

Tokai area is composed of Aichi, Gifu, and Mie prefectures. Yet, Mie prefecture is sometimes considered as both region, Kinki area, and Chubu area even it is in Tokai area, Chubu region.

Hokuriku region refers to three prefectures on the sea of Japan side, which are Toyama, Ishikawa, and Fukui.

Niigata prefecture is bordered by Toyama in the Hokuriku region, but it is not included in the region.

The area with many “hidden” tourist spots such as Aichi prefecture, where Nagoya is located in the metropolitan, great seafood, rice, and sake in Holkuriku and Niigata region, and great landscape and historical town in Gifu and Nagano.

Nagoya is the fourth largest city in Japan, and the largest city in the Chubu region, however, the city is often overlooked by most travelers.

If you are a “Studio Ghibli” fan, you need to learn about Nagoya because the brand-new ghibli park is coming in 2022!

Popular Sightseeing Spots In Chubu

  1. Mt Fuji (Yamanashi • Shizuoka)
  2. Fujikyu Highland (Yamanashi)
  3. Shirakawago (Gifu)
  4. Takayama city (Gifu)
  5. Kanazawa city (Ishikawa)
  6. Zenkoji temple (Nagano)
  7. Atsuta shrine (Aichi)
  8. Port Of Nagoya Public Aquarium (Nagoya)
  9. Korankei Valley (Asuke town)
  10. Toyota Plant Tour (Toyota)
  11. Kurobe dam (Toyama)
  12. Japanese Castles (Nagoya, Matusmoto, Inuyama)
  13. Knife shopping in Seki city
  14. Ukai in Seki and Gifu city

What To Eat In Chubu

  1. Ramen Noodles (Takayama, Toyama, Taiwan Ramen in Nagoya)
  2. “Keichan” (Gifu)- A local dish originated from Gero, Hida, and Gujo area. Commonly the main ingredients are chicken, veggies such as cabbage, bean sprouts with so-sauce or Miso based sauce.
  3. Houba Miso (Takayama)- miso grilled on a magnolia leaf.
  4. Hida Beef (Gifu)- Luxury beef locally grown
  5. Ayu Fish (Gifu)
  6. Goheimochi (Gifu, Nagano)- Local mochi sweets that grilled seasoned Miso or soy sauce-based sauce
  7. Grilled Eel (Hamamatsu)
  8. Fujinomiya Yakisoba (Shizuoka)
  9. Matcha sweets (Nishio)
  10. “Sauce Katsu don” (Nagano, Fukui)- Te pork cutlet with Worcester sauce on the rice
  11. Shinshu Soba (Nagano)
  12. Sasazushi (Kanazawa)- Oshizushi, the pressed sushi wrapped in bamboo leaf
  13. Fresh seafood from the sea fo Japan (Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui)
  14. Snow crab (Fukui, Ishikawa, Toyama)
  15. Rice (Niigata)
  16. Japanese Sake (Niigata)
Nagoya Meshi

Popular Onsen Spots In Chubu

  1. Atami (Shizuoka)
  2. Izu Onsen Town (Shizuoka)
  3. Dougashima Onsen (Shizuoka)
  4. Gero Onsen (Gifu)
  5. Okuhida Onsen Town (Gifu)
  6. Hidatakayama Onsen (Gifu)

Must-Buy Souvenir Sweets & Food From Chubu

  • Unagi Pie (Shunkado) from Shizuoka – the sweet butter cookies
  • Nagoya France (Nagoya France) from Nagoya – the dacquoise stuffed “mochi”
  • Ogura toast “langue de chat” cookies (Tokai Kotobuki) from Nagoya- the unique butter cookies with red bean paste flavored chocolate *what’s Ogura toast???
  • Sasadango pan (Kotake Seika) from Niigata- the Kawaii sweets which is the Niigata specialty Dango sweet “Sasa Dango” wrapped in a bread
  • Habutaemochi (Matsuokaken) from Fukui- super soft mochi sweets
  • Haccho Miso
  • Shinshu Miso
  • Tokai Mame miso

Nagoya & Chubu Travel Tips

Kinki/Kansai Region

Kiniki, Kansai region, Map, Japan

Kinki region is often called the Kansai region, is bordered by the Chubu region and Chugoku region, the metropolitan cities are Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe cities.

The local Japanese in the Kinki region speak a unique accent called “Kansai-ben” depends on each prefecture.

Because Kyoto was the capital of Japan for a long time ago, there are many historical buildings, so probably the most popular sightseeing spots for Japan trip.

Besides Kyoto and Osaka, there is another of Japan’s ancient capital cities, Nara. The Kumano pilgrimage routes in the Kii Peninsula have also been getting popular spiritual activity even to international travelers. The beautiful onsen hot springs of Kinosaki are worth visiting if you visit Kiniki/Kansai region.

Popular Sightseeing Spots In Kinki/Kansai

  1. Kyoto City
  2. Osaka City
  3. Temples, shrines in Nara
  4. Lake Biwa and Nagaoka city In Shiga
  5. Japanese castles (Osaka, Hikone, Himeji)
  6. Kobe City
  7. Ise Shima area in Mie
  8. Toba area in Mie
  9. Gozaisyo Ropeway in Mie
  10. Kumano pilgrimage routes in Mie, Wakayama
  11. Mt Koya in Wakayama

What To Eat In Kinki/Kansai

  1. Yudofu & Yuba (Kyoto)- simply taste silky soy-bean Tofu and silky soy milk skin
  2. Matcha sweets (Kyoto)
  3. Funazushi (Shiga)- the traditional sushi which is fermented fish pickled with rice 
  4. Akafuku (Mie)
  5. Ise Udon (Mie)- Very thick udon noodles from Ise area
  6. Matsuzaka Beef (Mie)- Luxury locally grown beef
  7. Thick pork loin steak “Tonteki” (Mie)
  8. Akashi yaki (Hyogo)- small, soft, and super piping hot egg balls which is the original version of Takoyaki ball.
  9. Noppei Udon (Shiga)- a local Udon noodle dish with very thick broth and a huge Shiitake mushroom topping
  10. Meharizushi (Wakayama)-  savory flavored sushi rice wrapped in pickled “Takana” mustard leaves
  11. Whale Cuisine (Wakayama)
  12. Kakinoha-zushi (Wakayama)- the pressed sushi “Oshizushi” wrapped in persimmon leaves
  13. Kobe Beef- Luxury locally grown beef
  14. Kobe Sweets
Osaka Food

Popular Onsen Spots In Kinki/Kansai

  1. Ise, Shima, Toba Area In Mie
  2. Kinosaki Onsen In Hyogo
  3. Arima Onsen In Hyogo
  4. Nanki shirahama Onsen In Wakayama

Must-Buy Souvenir Sweets & Food From Kinki/Kansai

  • Choga Senbei From Kyoto- Cookie-like baked sweets with three flavored cream
  • Ise Ebi Senbei From Mie- Rice crackers flavored with local spiny lobster
  • Yasunaga-mochi From Mie- the elongated flat mochi stuffed red bean paste
  • Akafuku From Mie- The traditional mochi sweets covered plenty of Kishi-an (smooth mashed red bean paste)
  • Matcha sweets From Kyoto
  • Kobe Sweets From Hyogo- Kobe is the capital of french-style sweets in Japan
  • Kansai-shiro Miso / Saikyo Miso

Osaka, Kyoto & Kinki/Kansai Travel Tips

Chugoku Region

Chugoku Region, Japan, Map

As proceeding to west over Osaka, Kobe, you step into the Chugoku Region which makes up the western part of Japan’s main island.

Probably the most well-known city in the region is “Hiroshima” city behind the unforgettable history.

Chugoku region is commonly divided into two areas-the one is along the sea of Japan and another is along the Seto Inland sea.

Chugoku region is hidden sightseeing spot with plenty of stunning landscapes like Tottori’s sand dunes, Miyajima island.

Izumo Taisha in Shimane has been respected as the origin of Japan, and it is the largest shrine in Japan.

Recently, Japanese denim in Okayama has been trending.

For foodies, you can’t miss Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima, as well as oysters are a popular food in Hiroshima, puffy fish cuisine in Yamaguchi.

Popular Sightseeing Spots In Chugoku

  1. Hiroshima City
  2. Miyajima in Hiroshima
  3. Tottori Sand Dunes in Tottori
  4. Kurashiki City in Okayama
  5. Adachi Museum in Shimane
  6. Izumo Taisha Shrine in Shimane
  7. Iwami Ginzan Shilver Mine in Shimane
  8. Akiyoshidai Plateau in Yamaguchi

What To Eat In Chugoku

  1. Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima
  2. Oyster in Hiroshima
  3. Snow crab in Shimane
  4. Blowfish cuisine in Yamaguchi

Popular Onsen Spots In Chugoku

  1. Yuda Onsen in Yamaguchi
  2. Tomonoura Onsen in Hiroshima
  3. Tamatsukuri Onsen in shimane
  4. Matuse Shinjiko Onsen in Shimane
  5. Misasa Onsen In Shimane
  6. Hagi Onsen in Yamaguchi

Must-Buy Souvenir Sweets From Chugoku

  • Momiji Manju from Hiroshima- the maple leaf-shaped Japanese sweet cakes traditionally filled with red bean paste.
  • Hattendo Cream Buns in Hiroshima
  • Kibidango from Okayama- The staple dango sweets in Okayama prefecture. A millet rice dumplings.

Shikoku Region

Chugoku Region, Japan, Map

Even though it is a small island with only four prefectures, the island is full of attractions such as plenty of photogenic views from the seaside to the hillside, fresh seafood, and pilgrimages, and exciting festivals!

When knowing Shikoku region, you definitely want to go on a trip to Shikoku right away.

First of all, I will tell you the secret tip to travel all around Shikoku island.

It’s not impossible to travel around four prefectures by public transportation, however, it is a relatively long distance between each prefecture and doesn’t cover whole areas so you can miss the places where you want to visit.

For a Shikoku trip, renting a car is better and you can travel the whole Shikoku just for 3 nights and 4 days. To travel the island smoothly, make an efficient itinerary.

Popular Sightseeing Spots In Shikoku

  1. Kotohira-gu shrine in Kagawa
  2. Ritsurin Garden in Kagawa
  3. Hirome Market in Kochi
  4. Cycling along Shimanami Kaido Street in Ehime
  5. Naruto Strait in Tokushima
  6. Iya Kazurabashi Bridge in Tokushima
  7. Cape Ashizuri in Kochi
  8. Chichu Art Museum in Kagawa
  9. Awa Dance Festival in Tokushima

What To Eat In Shikoku

  1. Sanuki Udon Noodles in Kagawa- the most famous local Udon noodles in Japan
  2. Broiled Bonito “Katsuo no Tataki” in Kochi- The most consumed fish in Kochi is definitely bonito in Kochi. “*Katsuo (bonito) no tataki”, which is broiled on the surface of the bonito and topped with Japanese condiments such as chives, ginger, is one of Kochi’s staple dish.
  3. Fresh “Naruto” sea bream in Tokushima
  4. Tokushima Ramen noodles in Tokushima- The base-soup can be roughly divided into three types: white, brown, and yellow. A raw egg is often added as a topping.
  5. Ehime Mikan Oranges in Ehime

Popular Onsen Spots In Shikoku

  1. Do(u)go Onsen in Ehime
  2. Konpira Onsen Town in Kagawa
  3. Azukijima Onsen in Kagawai
  4. Iya Onsen in Tokushima
  5. Naruto Onsen in Tokushima
  6. Matusbagawa Onsen in Kochi
  7. Shimanto Onsen in Kochi
  8. Ashizuri Onsen Town in Kochi

Must-Buy Souvenir Gifts From Shikoku

  • Meibutsu Kamado from Kagawa
  • Marukame Uchiwa Senbei from Kagawa
  • Sanuki Udon Noodles from Kagawa
  • Olive Oil From Kagawa
  • “Oidemai” Rum Raisin from Kagawa
  • Kawara Senbei from Kagawa
  • Mamma Rosa from Tokushima- Western but Japanese style sweets
  • Sudachi Products from Tokushima
  • Mikan Daifuku from Tokushima- the photogenic Daifuku stuffed a whole “Mikan”
  • Dogo Orange ale from Ehime- Sparking liquor based on the juice of Ehime-grown tangerines
  • Ichiroku Taruto form Ehime- A local Swiss roll cake sweet with sweet red bean paste and locally grown Yuzu fruit paste
  • Bocchan Dango from Ehime- a variety of flavor rice dumplings
  • Tosanikki from Kochi- the Japanese mochi sweet stuffed sweet bean paste
  • Bonito marinated in olive oil from Kochi
  • Shio Kenpi from Kochi- Japanese crispy fried sweet potato snack coated with sugar and local deep sea salt

Kyushu Region

Kyushu region, Japan, Map

Kyushu is Japan’s third-largest island, located southwest of the main island and connected by Kanmon bridge with the main island.

At its center you’ll find Mount Aso, the world’s largest volcanic caldera; to the west, Yakushima, known for its sacred atmosphere, Nagasaki on the south coast.

Beppu is a well-known hot-springs resort.

Hakata, Fukuoka is the major metropolitan in Kyushu region, which famous for the “Yatai” culture.

Popular Sightseeing Spots In Kyushu

  1. Nagasaki City
  2. Hakata City
  3. Hashijima “Gunkan” island in Nagasaki
  4. Kumamoto Castle in Kumamoto
  5. Daikanbo in Kumamoto
  6. Sakurajima island in Kumamoto
  7. Shrines- Dazaihu Tenmangu, Udo Jingu, Kirishima Shrine

What To Eat In Kyushu

  1. Motsu Nabe in Fukuoka- the popular Japanese hot pot that main ingredients are beef or pork tripe or other offal. 
  2. Yatai Experience in Fukuoka
  3. Mentaiko in Fukuoka- the marinade cod roe
  4. Nagasaki Chanpon in Nagasaki- the local noodle dish that the savory spicy sauce used a variety of veggies and meats on crispy fried egg noodles
  5. Castella in Nagasaki – the popular Japanese sponge cake hinted from the Portuguese traditional sweets
  6. Chicken Tempura “toriten” in Oita
  7. Jigokumushi Pudding in Oita- luxury creamy homemade puddings steamed with Onsen heat
  8. Chicken Nanban in Miyazaki- the juicy crispy fried chicken topped with sweet and sour “Nanban sauce” and Japanese style tartar sauce!
  9. Fresh hose meat “Basashi” in Kumamoto
  10. Hakata Ramen noodles in Fukuoka- the local ramen noodles with rich pork broth
  11. Sweet potatoes in Kagoshima
  12. Miyazaki Beef in Miyazaki- Luxury locally grown beef
  13. Kurobuta pork in Kagoshima- Luxury locally grown pork
  14. Imojochu in Kagoshima

Popular Onsen Spots In Kyushu

  1. Beppu Onsen (Oita)
  2. Yufuin Onsen (Oita)
  3. Kirishima Onsen (Kagoshima)
  4. Ureshino Onsen (Saga)
  5. Ibusuki Onsen (Kagoshima)
  6. Kurokawa Onsen (Kumamoto)
  7. Takeo Onsen (Saga)
  8. Aoshima Onsen (Miyazaki)

Must-Buy Souvenir Gifts From Kyushu

  • Hakata Torimon from Fukuoka- The steamed bun stuffed with Japanese sweet bean paste which is combined rich butter and milk
  • Menbei from Fukuoka – Japanese rice crackers seasoned with “Mentaiko”
  • Umegae mochi from Fukuoka
  • Castella from Nagasaki
  • “Camellia” Tsubaki oil from Kagoshima
  • Local Japanese potato vodka “Imojochu” from Kagoshima

Okinawa Islands

Okinawa Islands, Map, Japan

Okinawa islands are Japanese islands that stretch all the way from Kyushu to Taiwan. They were ruled by the independent Ryukyu Kingdom from the 15th to the 19th century.

With its rich history in the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom, you can see many different aspects of the actual traditional culture.

The locals are very nice and friendly, and everything is so idyllic.

The locals are very nice and friendly, and everything is so idyllic, with white sand beach, emerald green ocean, great nature.

Popular Sightseeing Spots In Okinawa Islands

  1. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
  2. Downtown in Naha City
  3. Okinawa World
  4. Valley Of Gangala
  5. Sefa-utaki
  6. Zakimi Castle Ruins
  7. Himeyuri Tower
  8. Cape Manzamo
  9. Former Japanse Navy Underground Headquarters
  10. Ishigaki Island
  11. Iriomotejima island
  12. Akajima Island
  13. Kumejima Island
  14. Taketomi Island
  15. Yonaguni Island
  16. Tokashiki Island
  17. Zamami Island

What To Eat In Okinawa Islands

  1. Soki Soba
  2. Local super tender stewed pork belley “Rafute”
  3. Okinwan homemade doughnuts “Sata Andagi”
  4. Umi Budo – the special sew weed with crisp texture
  5. Taco Rice – The rice version “Tacos”
  6. Pork Tamago Onigiri– the local Onigiri with SPAM and Japanese Egg omulet roll
  7. Agu Pork– Luxury locally grown pork
  8. Tropical Fruits
  9. Beef Steak
  10. Goya Chanpuru – the stir-fry “GOYA” dish
  11. Orion Beer
  12. Awamori

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