List of National Parks of Japan

No. Name of the park Photo Overview Date of designation Area(ha) Related Prefectures
1 Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu Japan’s northernmost natural park, consisting of the islands of Rishiri and Rebun and the Sarobetsu plain.September 20,1974 24,166 Hokkaido
2 Shiretoko Much of this national park is untouched, primeval nature. Habitat for the white-tailed eagle, Blakiston’s fish-owl, and the brown bear. June 1, 1964 38,636 Hokkaido
3 Akan-Mashu Featuring forests, lakes, and volcanoes, this park is famous as a habitat for the giant algae balls known in Japanese as marimo. December 4, 1934 91,413 Hokkaido
4 Kushiroshitsugen A national park centered on the Kushiro wetlands. A breeding ground for the red-crowned crane. July 31, 1987 28,788 Hokkaido
5 Daisetsuzan Japan’s largest national park, which includes Hokkaido’s Central Highlands area. Home to many animals such as the northern pika. December 4, 1934
226,764 Hokkaido
6 Shikotsu-Toya A park made up of three regions, centering on the caldera lakes of Shikotsu and Toya with the addition of the area around Mount Yotei. May 16, 1949
99,473 Hokkaido
7 Towada-Hachimantai This park is divided into the two separate areas of Towada-Hakkoda and Hachimantai. Hachimantai is famous for its frost-rimed trees. February 1, 1936
85,534 Aomori, Iwate, Akita
8 Sanriku Fukko ("Sanriku Reconstruction") A vast coastal park stretching 220 km north to south. The site of many seabird breeding grounds. May 2, 1955
28,537 Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi
9 Bandai-Asahi A park that includes Dewa Sanzan, the Asahi mountain range, and Lake Inawashiro. A diverse range of alpine flora can be observed in each mountain region. September 5, 1950
186,389 Yamagata, Fukushima, Niigata
10 Nikko A national park that combines natural diversity with artificial beauty. Many hot springs can also be found in the park, including Kinugawa and Shiobara. December 4, 1934
114,908 Fukushima, Tochigi, Gunma
11 Oze This park comprises the Oze region and the area around Mt. Tashiro and Mt. Taishaku. One of Japan’s most iconic natural settings. August 30, 2007
37,200 Fukushima, Tochigi, Gunma, Niigata
12 Joshin’etsukogen A mountain highland national park featuring famous summer resorts such as Shiga and Sugadaira. September 7, 1949
148,194 Gunma, Niigata, Nagano
13 Chichibu-Tama-Kai A park centered on the mountainous regions of Okutama and Okuchichibu. Home to many species of birds including Hodgson’s hawk eagle. July 10, 1950
126,259 Saitama, Tokyo, Yamanashi, Nagano
14 Ogasawara A park that encompasses the Ogasawara Islands north of North Iwoto. Home to a highly characteristic biota. October 16, 1972
6,629 Tokyo
15 Fuji-Hakone-Izu Centered on Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest peak, this national park has the largest number of annual visitors. February 1, 1936
121,695 Tokyo, Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Shizuoka
16 Chubusangaku One of Japan’s most iconic mountain parklands, covering the main part of the Hida mountain range. Inhabited by rock ptarmigan. December 4, 1934
174,323 Niigata, Toyama, Nagano, Gifu
17 Myoko-Togakushi Renzan A unique landscape combining volcanoes, non-volcanic mountains and the plateaus, lakes, and marshland at their base. March 27, 2015
39,772 Niigata, Nagano
18 Hakusan Encompasses the area at the base of Mount Hakusan. This park marks the western limit of alpine flora distribution in Japan. November 12, 1962 49,900 Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Gifu
19 Minami Alps A national park with non-volcanic mountains centered around the ridges of the Akaishi mountain range featuring an advanced ecosystem of alpine flora. June 1, 1964
35,752 Yamanashi, Nagano, Shizuoka
20 Ise-Shima A park that includes the Shima Peninsula and Ise Shrine. The intricate and elegant vista of the archipelago stretching out from Ago Bay is a highlight. November 20, 1946
55,544 Mie
21 Yoshino-Kumano This park includes the Omine Mountains and the Kumano River. This area has particularly heavy rainfall in Japan. February 1, 1936
61,406 Mie, Nara, Wakayama
22 San’inkaigan A park featuring a richly varied coastline topography. The Tottori Sand Dunes stretch out from the park’s western edge. July 15, 1963
8,783 Kyoto, Hyogo, Tottori
23 Setonaikai A maritime park centered on the archipelagic landscape of Japan’s Inland Sea. Expansive landscapes highlighting a fusion of nature with human culture. March 16, 1934
67,242 Osaka, Hyogo, Wakayama, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime, Fukuoka, Oita
24 Daisen-Oki A national park focusing on Mount Daisen that also encompasses the Oki Islands, the Shimane Peninsula, and Mount Sanbe. February 1, 1936
35,353 Tottori, Shimane, Okayama
25 Ashizuri-Uwakai This park extends from southwestern of Shikoku to include the Nametoko Ravine on the island’s interior. Cape Ashizuri is located at the southernmost tip of Shikoku. November 10, 1972
11,345 Ehime, Kochi
26 Saikai Covering the coast of northwestern Kyushu and the Goto Islands, this park features wonderful vistas over the island-studded sea. March 16, 1955
24,646 Nagasaki
27 Unzen-Amakusa This park encompasses the area around Mount Unzen and the Amakusa Islands. The park features six nationally designated natural monuments including the Heisei-shinzan peak. March 16, 1934
28,279 Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima
28 Aso-Kuju This park includes the area around the volcano of Mount Aso, including Kuju Mountains, Mount Yufu, and Mount Tsurumi. December 4, 1934
72,678 Kumamoto, Oita
29 Kirishima-Kinkowan This park centering on the volcanoes of Kirishima extends to the coast of Kinkowan Bay, including Sakurajima and Ibusuki. March 16, 1934
36,586 Miyazaki, Kagoshima
30 Yakushima This park comprises the islands of Yakushima and Kuchinoerabujima. Yakushima was listed as a natural World Heritage site in 1993. March 16, 2012
24,566 Kagoshima
31 Amamigunto This park consists of the distinctive natural landscapes found on the five islands of Amami Oshima, Tokunoshima, Kikaijima, Okinoerabujima, and Yoronjima and showcases the cultural landscapes shaped by the relationship between people and nature. March 7, 2017
42,181 Kagoshima
32 Yambaru Featuring an ecosystem formed by the continuous progression of pristine subtropical laurel forest, rivers, mangrove copses, and coral reefs that extends from the land to the sea, this park is home to a concentration of many rare and endemic species. September 15, 2016
13,622 Okinawa
33 Kerama Shoto Features variegated vistas of land and sea, including those over the archipelago and the “Kerama Blue” sea. March 5, 2014
3,520 Okinawa
34 Iriomote-Ishigaki This park consists of the bulk of the islands of Iriomote and Ishigaki and surrounding islands, and the vast expanse of a coral reef. A subtropical national park. May 15, 1974
40,653 Okinawa

The name of each park links to its respective page on the Ministry of the Environment’s national parks website.