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.

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

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. There are 4 types of campaigns; “Go To Travel Campaign”, “Go To Eat Campaign”, “Go To Event Ca…

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Summer Escapes: 10 Great Beaches Around Tokyo

Most think of Tokyo as a bustling megacity, full of steel and skyscrapers. While Tokyo certainly has its fair share of skyscraper screens, there is a surprising amount of natural public spaces just a short train ride from the city center. Tokyo itself sits in a bay, formerly one of the great port c…

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Japan travel information and English-speaking travel agents

With a history stretching back over 1,000 years, Japan has much to see and do when it comes to traveling. As each area of Japan has something to offer culturally or historically, travel within Japan is popular even amongst Japanese people. The hardest part of traveling in Japan will be deciding what…

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An Introduction to Cruise Travel for Expats in Japan

Due to the convenience of being able to visit multiple countries in one trip, travel by cruise ship has been gaining popularity worldwide. We here at PLAZA HOMES would like to introduce various cruises for expats living in Japan that depart from or arrive in Japan as well as English speaking cruise…

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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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Camping in Japan: 10 Great Spots to Pitch your Tent

When most people think of Japan, exotic food, unique culture and quirky trends come to mind well before the idea of roughing it in the wild does. 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 h…

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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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Skiing Near Tokyo Made Easy and Fun with 6 Great Resorts

It’s snow season in Japan, and whether you’re an avid skier or snowboarder, or just looking to bring the kids to have some fun in the snow, there are many topnotch ski resorts just a day trip away from Japan’s bustling capital city. Ski resorts in Japan usually cater to all levels, from beginners to…

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7 Best Day Trips from Tokyo: Fuji, Nikko, Kamakura and More

Japan's natural beauty and regional culture is a big part of its appeal. While Tokyo is a hub of culture in itself, sometimes it's great to get away from the city atmosphere and experience the delights of nature and the atmosphere of different towns and regions instead. Even if you don't have time…

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Beat the heat and get out of Tokyo

We all know that summers in Tokyo are hot! With average temperatures expected to be between 28–30 degrees Celsius this summer, you may be wondering how to stay cool outside your Roppongi apartment. Fortunately for all of us who live in Tokyo, there are lots of beautiful beaches, rivers, and mountain…

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