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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.

'Tokyo, Whoa!' Travelers Share 21 Shocking And Surprising Things About Visiting Japan


Every country has its own unique qualities. That's what makes traveling so much fun after all. Japan is no exception. In fact, it may be one of the most curious places you'll visit. You may have seen or read about Japan’s crowds, unique fashion trends or quirky phallic festivals, but oftentimes the most surprising experiences come from everyday life, customs, habits, or rules. The best way to not get overwhelmed is learning about them beforehand. We spoke with a group of people of different nationalities who recently visited Japan to hear their experiences directly. So, let's dive in and take a look at 21 of the most shocking and surprising things about visiting Japan!

[MOVIE] Sightseeing Taxi: Tour Tokyo the Easy Way!

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Tokyo is not always an easy city to visit, especially for first-timers. Even if the transportation system is known to be one of the best in the world, it usually takes some time to get used to it. And for those who already have a car license, driving in a foreign country can be a stressful experience. To make things smoother for travelers, I highly recommend a private car and a driver for a few hours, or a couple of days, and do sightseeing at your own pace.

From Tokyo to Niigata: Heading to Sake Country via Joetsu Shinkansen

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Looking to experience a different side of Japan? Head from Tokyo to Niigata, Japan's gorgeous region filled with everything from sake breweries to breathtaking scenery! It takes about two hours to get from Tokyo Station to Niigata 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.

Shibuya Guide: 30 Things to Do in Shibuya, Tokyo’s Iconic Area!

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When you think of Tokyo, you probably think of what things to do in Shibuya. Famous in its own right for decades, Shibuya Tokyo achieved iconic fame with its appearance in Bill Murray’s movie, Lost in Translation, with Scarlett Johansson crossing Shibuya Crossing, amongst other scenes based in and around this vibrant area. Since then, Shibuya has become a place of pilgrimage for millions of tourists who were intrigued by this movie, and by Japanese culture. Just like the movie, you can experience so many different things in this one part of Tokyo, and over a decade and a half since the film was released it is still just as exciting, bright, and busy. In this city within a city you can easily spend a few days exploring everything that is has to offer, and boy does it have a lot to offer! There are many spots which offer the perfect selfie, or Instagram moment, or for hard-core shoppers you can literally shop until you drop. There are culinary experiences everywhere you look. And of course there are places to just sit and take in the hustle-bustle of daily life. Join as we share 30 fun and interesting things to do in Shibuya, Tokyo's iconic area!

'I'm Waiting?!' How The Japanese Complain in Daily Life!

Japan is well known for having a high degree of hospitality, and this is expressed in a variety of situations - from restaurants to shops to everyday life. But as with anything, people do make mistakes, and there is always a chance that you might experience poor service. So what Japanese expressions can be used to complain and deal with a situation with finesse? Here are 38 highly useful Japanese phrases for to help you manage in common situations! In this article: ・At a Restaurant ・At a Shop ・On a Train ・At Your Accommodation ・On the Street

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