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Tokyo Day Trip Advice - Tips and Tricks to Make the Most of Your Time

If you enjoy the convenience of Tokyo but want a taste of the simple life, there are plenty of destinations that can be explored on a day trip from Tokyo. This guide will give you the lowdown on what to bring, how to prepare and tips on making the most of your stay, plus provide recommended destinations to try outside Tokyo’s hustle and bustle. Read on!

Eat "0-Yen Gyoza Dumplings" 'til You Drop!

Shinjuku Gyoza

Koenji is a neighborhood in Tokyo that is famous for its many delicious bars and eateries, serving both food and drinks at astonishingly reasonable prices. Just a 6-minute train ride away from busy Shinjuku, we’ve found one such spot in Koenji that we need to share with you: Gyoza-Dokoro Tachibana has become a famous insider tip among Tokyoites because the bar offers gyoza, Japanese-style dumplings, for 0 yen.

[MOVIE] A Walking Tour along Narita Omotesando

Narita Old Towns (Shitamachi)

Narita International Airport welcomes millions of travelers year after year on their way to Tokyo and other destinations in Japan. However, did you know that you could have a genuine Japanese experience only 7 minutes away from the airport via train? Narita city itself has over 1,000 years of history in the area with Narita Shinsho-ji Temple being a major landmark in Chiba Prefecture. The road leading to the temple itself though also has a long history with a variety of shops dating to the Edo period and further back. This road is called: Narita Omotesando.

The Secrets of Shopping in Japan: When is the Best Time to Shop?

Other Shopping

People who want to visit Japan often hear this one particular sentence from friends and acquaintances: “But Japan is really expensive!” There’s truth to this sentence though, as particularly touristic areas in Japan – with Tokyo being the most famous example – often do have rather inflated prices. That doesn’t mean that there’s no shopping bargain to be made if you know when to strike! So, when is the best time to go shopping in Japan? Let’s take a look at all the secrets behind a successful Japanese shopping tour!

Easy Access from Haneda Airport – Buses, Trains, and Taxis


Located in Southern Tokyo’s Ota Ward, Haneda Airport – or Tokyo International Airport – is one of Tokyo’s two airports, Narita being the second one. It is an important hub, connecting domestic flights to international ones, with hundreds of travelers and tourists arriving and departing on a daily base. Four main means of transportation connect the national and international hub to Tokyo’s inner city: train, bus, taxi, and monorail. Let’s take a closer look.

Samurai Museum: Get to Know the Spirit of Japan’s Warriors

Shinjuku Other Museums

Samurai are one of the most well-known icons of Japanese culture. Recognizable by their distinctive helmets and deadly katana weapons, these warriors were characterized by their extreme dedication to the belief of honor above life. Tokyo’s Samurai Museum provides deeper insight into this unique facet of Japanese culture to further understand what it truly meant to be a samurai in old Japan. Samurai Museum offers visitors the chance to see real samurai armor and weapons up close, as well as in-depth educational tours in English, workshops, and exciting sword battle performances that showcase samurai actors in action! If you are interested in taking a samurai selfie, you even have the chance to wear some replica armor!

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