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National parks of Japan are listed here by region from north to south.


Lakes in Shiretoko National Park
  • 3 Akan-Mashu National Park – designated a national park on December 4, 1934, together with Daisetsuzan National Park, it is the oldest national park in Japan. The park is separated into two separate areas, the Akan area centered around the Akan caldera, and the Kawayu area, centered around the caldera lake of Lake Mashu and Lake Kussharo.
  • 4 Kushiro-shitsugen National Park   – home to Japan's largest wetland and the only place where the endangered Japanese crane can be found
  • 5 Daisetsuzan National Park – Japan's largest park, home to many onsen towns and unspoilt wilderness. It is also home to Hokkaido's tallest mountain, Mount Asashi.
  • 6 Shikotsu-Tōya National Park – centered around Lake Toya and Lake Shikotsu, which are both volcanic caldera lakes, it also includes the hot-spring town of Noboribetsu and a Jomon site that is a   UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Blue Pond of Goshikinuma in Bandai-Asahi National Park
  • 7 Towada-Hachimantai National Park
  • 8 Sanriku Fukkō National Park   – a park created in 2013, after the Great Tohoku Earthquake devastated the Sanriku Coast, to help reconstruct and revitalize the area.
  • 9 Bandai-Asahi National Park   – consists of the Iide and Asahi Mountains in Niigata Prefecture, the Bandai area of Fukushima Prefecture, and Dewa Sanzan in Yamagata Prefecture.



Kamikochi in Chubu Sangaku National Park
  • Myoko-Togakushi Renzan National Park
  • Chubu Sangaku National Park
  • Minami Alps National Park – a park encompassing the Akaishi Mountains.


Ise-Shima National ParkEdit

All of Mie Prefecture from Ise on down.

Yoshino-Kumano National ParkEdit

This park encompasses the entirety of the Kansai region from Yoshino on down.


View from Washuzan in Setonaikai National Park

San-in Kaigan National ParkEdit

A coastal park, spanning the region around the Sea of Japan from Tottori to Kyoto Prefecture.

Daisen-Oki National ParkEdit

A park centered around Mount Daisen and the Oki Islands, and also including the Hiruzen Highlands in Maniwa and the Izumo Plains in Izumo.

Setonaikai National ParkEdit

The first and largest national park in Japan. Any place in or around the Seto Inland Sea is considered to be part of the park.


Ashizuri-Uwakai National ParkEdit

A park made up of locations on the southwestern corner of Shikoku in Ehime and Kochi, including Cape Ashizuri.


Wilson Stump heart in Yakushima

Saikai National ParkEdit

Unzen-Amakusa National ParkEdit

Aso-Kuju National ParkEdit

Originally established strictly around Mount Aso, the park was later expanded to include the Kuju Mountains.

Kirishima-Kinkowan National ParkEdit

Yakushima National ParkEdit


Amami Gunto National ParkEdit

The nine islands of the Amami Islands were made a national park in 2017.

Yambaru National ParkEdit

Keramashoto National ParkEdit


See alsoEdit

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