Regions of Japan
Looked at from the outside, Japan is often seen as being homogeneous, but in reality, the country is made up of regions with distinct geographical features and cultures. Travelling Japan from north to south through the nine regions of the country (Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, Kinki/Kansai, Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu, Okinawa), you can marvel at strikingly different natural and urban landscapes, and best of all, discover a rich variety of cuisines! To assist you in your journey of discovering Japan, here's a restaurant and sightseeing guide to the different regions of the land of the rising sun.
Regions of Japan
Discover Favy's food and restaurant guides for Hokkaido (northernmost major island of Japan)! Major cities and places of interest in Hokkaido (北海道, Hokkaido) include Sapporo, Hakodate, Asahikawa. Hokkaido is famous for crabs, uni (sea urchins), seafood in general, dairy products, and vast pristine landscapes.
Discover Favy's food and restaurant guides for the Tohoku region! Tohoku (東北, literally east-north) is the northeastern region of Japan's Honshu island. The Tohoku region consists of 6 prefectures: Akita, Aomori, Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi, and Yamagata. Tohoku is famous for beautiful coastlines such as the Sanriku coast and Matsushima, and also for its fresh seafood.
Discover Favy's food and restaurant guides for the Kanto region! Kanto (関東, literally eastern part) is the easternmost region of Japan's Honshu island. The Kanto region consists of 7 prefectures: Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tokyo, Chiba, and Kanagawa. Kanto is famous for being the most developed urban center of Japan comprising a third of the country's population.
Discover Favy's food and restaurant guides for the Chubu region! Chubu (中部, literally central region) is a region in the middle of Japan's Honshu island. The Chubu region consists of 9 prefectures: Aichi, Fukui, Gifu, Ishikawa, Nagano, Niigata, Shizuoka, Toyama, and Yamanashi. Chubu is famous for northern Alps of Japan and Mount Fuji, Shizuoka green tea, miso, gapes and apples.
Discover Favy's food and restaurant guides for the Kansai region! Kansai (関西, literally western part) is the southern-central region of Japan's Honshu island. The Kansai region consists of 8 prefectures: Mie, Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyōgo, and Shiga. Kansai is famous for being a cultural center that is home to the ancient capital Kyoto and the mercantile city of Osaka.
Discover Favy's food and restaurant guides for the Chugoku region! Chugoku (中国, literally central province) is the westernmost region of Japan's Honshu island. The Chugoku region consists of 5 prefectures: Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, and Yamaguchi. Chugoku is famous for its rolling hills landscape and the city of Hiroshima.
Discover Favy's food and restaurant guides for the Shikoku region! Shikoku (四国, literally four provinces) is smallest of the main four islands of Japan. The Shikoku region consists of 4 prefectures: Ehime, Kagawa, Kōchi, and Tokushima. Shikoku is famous for citrus fruits, udon noodles, and the 88 temples pilgrimage route.
Discover Favy's food and restaurant guides for the Kyushu region! Kyushu (九州, literally nine provinces) is the southernmost main island of Japan. The Kyushu region consists of 7 prefectures: Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Oita, Saga, Kagoshima, and Miyazaki. Kyushu is famous for porcelain, silk, hot springs and Hakata ramen.
Discover Favy's food and restaurant guides for Okinawa Prefecture (southernmost most prefecture)! Major cities and places of interest in Okinawa Prefecture (沖縄県, Okinawa Prefecture) include Naha, Okinawa City, and Uruma. Okinawa Prefecture is famous for fresh tropical fruits and vegetables, its American-inspired cuisine, its beautiful beaches and tropical weather.