Japan's Nikkei stock average on Thursday climbed from a three-week closing low, buoyed by resource shares after crude oil surged and rekindled recovery hopes, with a rebound in Chinese shares also giving a lift.

Oil and gas field developer Inpex <1605.T> and trading houses such as Marubeni Corp <8002.T> gained. The benchmark Nikkei <.N225> rose 0.7 percent or 75.19 points to 10,279.19 after hitting its lowest close since late July on Wednesday. The broader Topix <.TOPX> gained 0.7 percent as well, to 949.84.

(Reporting by Elaine Lies)