Travel in Japan and around Tokyo

Information on traveling in Japan, one-day trips, and recreation around Tokyo

Japan with its long history and traditional culture, beautiful landscapes, and local gourmets is full of tourist-centric locations. 

Here are some recommended ideas for traveling within Japan along with recommended tourist spots, English-speaking travel agents, travel information sites for expats, and more. We also have guides for expats living in Tokyo who are interested in finding a destination for one-day or weekend trips, or for beating the summer heat.

Comprehensive Guide to Camping and Glamping in Japan

When most people think of Japan, exotic food, unique culture, and quirky trends come to mind well before the idea of camping. That being said, whether for families, groups, or solo travelers hoping for a brief respite from the often-frantic city life, camping in Japan definitely has an allure all i…

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How to Travel from Narita or Haneda Airport During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the current situation as a result of the spread of Covid-19, the Japanese government requests that all nationals arriving from all regions not use public transportation such as trains, buses, taxis, domestic flights, and passenger ships. All those arriving in Japan are asked to stay—for 14 d…

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Motto Tokyo Campaign: Save up to ¥5,000 per night on Hotel Stays

In addition to the ongoing “Go To Campaign”, all residents in Tokyo can take advantage of the “Motto Tokyo Campaign” from October 24th. If you are a resident of Tokyo and travel within Tokyo, you can get up to a ¥5,000 discount per night on hotel stays and a ¥2,500 discount on day trips. You can co…

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Special Discount Pass for Foreigners in Japan: JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020

JR EAST has started a special promotional campaign to foreign passport holders in Japan, the discount pass is called "JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020". It began on October 16 and will end in February 2021. It would be a great opportunity for foreigners in Japan to discover Japan this autumn and wint…

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Japan's Go to Travel Campaign: Save up to 50% on Domestic Travel

* Important notice: The Japanese government has suspended Go To Travel Campaign nationwide. The Japanese government has been running “Go To Campaign” since July 22, 2020. The campaign aims to stimulate the demand for domestic tourism which has fallen as a result of the spread of the coronavirus. Th…

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Best Japanese Travel Agencies for English-speaking Tourists

Japan is one of the foremost destinations for international travel today. Famous for polite efficiency, a richly preserved culture, and foodie favorites like sushi and ramen, international tourism has jumped considerably in the last decade.  If you would like help planning your trip or have someone…

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How to Get from Haneda Airport to Tokyo

If you are looking for English-Speaking transportation services during the Covid-19 pandemic, please read How to Travel from Narita or Haneda Airport During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Haneda is Tokyo’s closest airport and covers almost all domestic flights as well as an increasing number of internation…

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How to Get from Narita Airport to Tokyo

If you are looking for English-Speaking transportation services during the Covid-19 pandemic, please read How to Travel from Narita or Haneda Airport During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Narita International Airport is in many ways the gateway to Japan, serving 117,000 passengers each day in 2018. With th…

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Hiking Around Tokyo: 6 Great Spots for Peak Outdoor Fun

When most people think of good places to hike near Japan's capital city, the uber-famous Mount Fuji usually comes to mind. While certainly of peak interest, this mighty mountain may actually be too challenging for some. But did you know that there are actually a lot of spots great for hiking around…

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Take a Nikko Day Trip and Experience a Sacred Slice of Japan

Some places defy easy description, and must be experienced to be appreciated; the Alhambra in Spain, the Grand Canyon in the USA, and in Japan, the shrines and temples of Nikko in Tochigi prefecture. Nikko is a Unesco world heritage site, known worldwide as one of Japan’s most significant cultural c…

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