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.

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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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 al…

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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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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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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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