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.

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 mountai…

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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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What You Need to Know before Climbing Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji, the most well-known iconic landmark in all of Japan, lies just to the southwest of Tokyo. Visible from the capital on a clear day as a specter at the very edge of the horizon, Mt. Fuji has been called the one thing that all Japanese should climb at least once in their lifetime. Not that a…

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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 would like to introduce various cruises for expats living in Japan that depart from or arrive in Japan as well as English speaking cruise travel agencies. Th…

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How to Get from Haneda Airport to Tokyo

Haneda is Tokyo’s closest airport and covers almost all domestic flights as well as an increasing number of international flights from the United States and Southeast Asia. Despite its often higher ticket fees, it is still the destination of choice due to its convenience and proximity to Tokyo. But…

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How to Get from Narita Airport to Tokyo

Narita International Airport is in many ways the gateway to Japan. With three terminals including one low cost terminal, it was originally built in 1978 to help relieve Haneda Airport from the volume of passengers coming to Japan in the wake of the economic boom. Despite its recognition among intern…

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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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10 Riverside Spots & Campgrounds in Tokyo to Keep You Cool

If you’re struggling through Tokyo’s sweltering summer months, you’re not alone. One of the best ways to cool off while still enjoying the outdoors is through riverside relaxation and camping. Keep reading to find out more about the top riverside spots in and around Tokyo. If you are interested in…

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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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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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