Home to the hot spring-loving Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani, Central Japan is our home and a region defined by its natural beauty, dramatic mountains, hot springs, historic towns and temples, the deep snow of winter and some of Japan’s best ski resorts including Shiga Kogen, Nozawa Onsen, Hakuba Valley and Myoko Kogen; while through spring to autumn, the snow melts away, opening Central Japan’s national parks and iconic destinations including the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route, Kamikochi, Kiso Valley and historic Nakasendo to exploration along winding roads and hiking trails that take you deep into the heart of Japan.

Within easy reach of the major metropolitan centers, Central Japan is in so many ways a world away from the neon and buzz of the cities - a place to unwind, get back to nature and soak in the essence of Japan – before extending your journey to the east, north, west or south to discover all the regions of this wonderful country including Nikko and Tohoku, Hokkaido, Chugoku and Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa.

Destinations in Central Japan

Other regions of Japan