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Day Trips From Tokyo: 7 Famous Tourist Spots to Enjoy History & Nature in Tokyo's Suburbs

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When you started making your Tokyo travel itinerary, did you focus mostly on downtown areas like Shibuya and Shinjuku? In fact, there are many bucket list-worthy spots just around 1-2 hours outside Tokyo! These are the kinds of spots where you can dip into Japan's history and culture, plus enjoy onsen hot springs, theme parks and more. As they are quite easy to access, you don't have to worry about taking a detour. Here we'll introduce popular tourist spots in Tokyo's suburbs that are easy to reach from Tokyo and completely worth visiting.

Great Food With a View: Top 4 Restaurants You Won't Forget in Omotesando, Tokyo

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Omotesando, one of Tokyo’s fanciest, most stylish areas. Shops and restaurants populate the glitzy town, offering a sheer endless choice of excellent shopping and gourmet experiences. Among them, we’ve found four choice restaurants that boast a night view so magnificent, you’ll hardly be able to focus on the food. Bring your best friend or your significant other and enjoy a magical night!

Say Hello to Kitty and Friends at Tokyo’s Cutest Train Station!

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You won’t find a train station more adorable than this one! The Keio railway company recently unveiled a new look for their Tama-Center Station, featuring some of Sanrio’s most popular characters, including none other than Hello Kitty. From the ticket gates to the station platform, and even a special limited train, I found some of Japan’s cutest characters in the most unexpected places!

Just 2 Hours from Tokyo! Heading to Niigata via Joetsu Shinkansen

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Tourists who have already experienced sightseeing in Tokyo right after arriving from Haneda and Narita Airport are increasingly choosing to visit more distant places while still being able to enjoy an urban environment. For such people, Niigata is the perfect destination. It takes about two hours to get to Niigata from Tokyo Station via the JR Joetsu Shinkansen. Niigata City has prospered as one of Japan’s leading port cities since the Edo Period, and you can enjoy many activities here such as historical walks and delicious gourmet meals. It is a great spot to use as a tourist base, as there are plenty of hotels in the city, and it is surrounded by attractions such as Sado Island and Yahiko Shrine.

Kesennuma City Memorial Museum (Ruins of Koyo High School): Telling the Story of the Great East Japan Earthquake

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On March 11, 2011 at 14:46, the largest earthquake ever recorded in history hit Miyagi Prefecture with a magnitude of 9.0. On March 10, 2019, eight years later, Kesennuma City turned the old school building of Kesennuma Koyo High School, which was heavily damaged by the tsunami and left in remains, into a memorial hall to share the memories and lessons from the earthquake, and opened the Kesennuma City Memorial Museum. It has attracted attention as a facility that will continue to convey the fearsome power of earthquakes and tsunamis to future generations.

Looks Like a 'Yield' Sign, But Means 'Stop'? 10 Weird Tips About Driving in Japan

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Most people don’t realize that Japan has much more hidden beauty than one could expect. The problem is that many of these places are somewhat difficult to reach with public transportation alone. In fact, while Japan’s subway (metro) and train systems are among the best in the world, when it comes to reaching rural areas the easiest way to do it is by car. So why not spend some of your holiday driving around some of the most beautiful nature, hidden temples and more you’ll ever see? Follow along as we share 10 things you’ll want to know before you drive in Japan.

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