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The Tokyo region is an iconic tourist destination with a population of about 27 million people. It’s a region of futuristic cities, sacred temples, gorgeous natural sites, remarkable restaurants and bars, incredible food experience, charming mountain villages, and unique museums. It’s a region that can’t be skipped being an ultimate entry gate into fabulous and unique Japanese culture.
Natural Beauties and Lakes
Arakurayama Sengen Park
If you want to see the iconic view of Mount Fuji, this is the place to go. There are some small shrines here as well, but the main point people come for is an observatory deck.
It’s a place of tranquility and serenity.
Nikko National Park
Explore the beautiful attractions around Nikko, a place of natural beauty and World Heritage Sites. It is an amazing park with a rich history, magical nature, and a wide range of year-round activities to explore.
Its proximity to Tokyo makes it a prime location for anyone wanting to go on an all day hiking trip or spending a few nights relaxing among the beautiful mountains and natural scenery. Don’t forget to have the black Onsen Egg!
Fuji Five Lakes
The Fuji Five Lakes—known locally as Fujigoko—are Yamanakako, Kawaguchiko, Saiko, Shojiko and Motosuko. Fujigoko is known as a lake resort area for hiking, fishing, camping and snow sports.
Most people come here for Mount Fuji's great views and postcard pictures taken from Lake Kawaguchi in particular.
Enjoy an essential Tokyo experience from the tallest building in Japan, the Tokyo Skytree tower (634 m). You will fall in love with this view!
Originally known as Fukashi Castle, Matsumoto Castle is one of Japan's premier historic castles that attracts many tourists every year. It is also known as the "Crow Castle" due to its black exterior and should not be missed if you are in the Nagano area.
Asakusa and Sensoji Temple
Asakusa is one of the most popular sightseeing areas in Tokyo while Sensoji Temple is one of the most famous temples in Japan, also the oldest one in Tokyo. It attracts about 30 million visitors every year. The oldest shopping street in Japan, called Nakamise Dori, is located beyond Kaminari-mon gates and leads to the temple's main hall.
Kamakura is a seaside city 1 hour away from Tokyo.
It is an ancient city with a beautiful sea, mountains and rich historical heritage.
Surrounded by mountains and facing the sea, Kamakura also offers historical culture, being one of the oldest cities in Japan.
Tokyo travel guide
Tokyo is probably the most desired destination for every travel fan. It is futuristic, a bit crazy, full of the most weird and wow attractions you have ever seen.
Yokohama is the second-largest city in Japan with a population of over 3 million people. It is one of the biggest port towns in Japan situated on the western coast of Tokyo Bay also known for its great food, the largest Chinatown in Japan, beautiful parks, special Japanese ice-cream, 100 types of sake and one of Japan’s leading beer breweries.
Saitama remained in the shadow of Tokyo for a long time due to its close location and preserved its charm without being not overvisited as Tokyo. It’s a land of hidden “gems” famous for many shrines and temples, fabulous nature sights, delicious food and sake breweries.
Nagano City is the capital of Nagano prefecture, called a temple town and the most convenient point to explore lots of amazing destinations in Central Japan.
Attractions For Kids
Disneyland is the land of your childhood! It is a huge complex where you can play, eat & stay. It offers a huge number of attractions, restaurants, shops, hotels to stay and plenty of services.
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
Welcome to the island ocean leisure facility renowned for its aquarium and marine amusement park, for a great mix of entertainment, education and the excitement!
Kids’ Ninja Village
The Kids Ninja Village is a ninja theme park in Nagano prefecture created for kids and the young at heart. Come to live out your ninja fantasy!
Snow Monkey Park
Snow Monkey Park in Nagano is home to Japanese macaques who come down from the mountains to warm up in the hot springs and visited by thousands of tourists every year.
TeamLab Planets Tokyo
It’s an amazing digital art exhibit created by a Japanese digital-art group TeamLab Planets. It houses seven multi-sensory, full-body immersive art displays that combine touch, sight, sound and forward-thinking creativity to formulate an experience unlike any other.
NYK Hikawa Maru
A floating museum HIKAWA MARU is a Japanese ocean liner that was launched in September 1929 to run regular Trans-Pacific voyages from Japan to Seattle. In 1961 after 238 voyages Hikawa Maru was permanently berthed at Yamashita Park, Naka-ku, Yokohama as a floating museum, hotel and restaurant.
The wonderful Ghibli Museum attracts a huge number of visitors. Studio Ghibli created beloved animated films, such as “My Neighbor Totoro”. The Museum is dedicated to the studio’s work and welcomes you in its wonderland.
Togakushi Ninja Museum
The Togakushi Ninja Museum in Togakushi, very close to Nagano City, is dedicated to the ancient art of ninjutsu, authentic weapons like shuriken and ninja-to, and to the warriors who trained in the surrounding mountains.
The Tokyo region is not just Tokyo city
I encourage you to consider Tokyo not only as a great destination but a start point for visiting other great places, even those which are located in other prefectures (like Nagano or Saitama, for instance)
The most convenient and efficient transport in Tokyo is Subway.
Getting around Tokyo is also very easy, especially if you have purchased IC cards (Suica or Pasmo). However, a car is essential for visiting remote sights of this wonderful region.
Rent a car
To cover the most interesting sights of the Tokyo region, especially Saitama and Nagano prefectures and be mobile, I recommend renting a car. Most of the “gems” are located a bit far from each other, so a car is just essential.
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By plane: There are 2 international airports in the Tokyo region that usually receive all the comers (Haneda Airport and Narita International).
If your point of entry to Japan is Narita International Airport there are at least 4 ways to get to the city.
1) Narita Express (JR N’Ex) will take you right into Tokyo Station or a variety of other stations in the city like Shinjuku. It is the fastest and the best option.
2) The Keisei Skyliner will take you to Ueno Station in Tokyo but you can’t use the JR Pass in it because it is a private company.
3) There are also limousine buses between Narita and various pick-up/drop-off points in Tokyo.
4) Taxi (not recommended due to the long distance and high price)
If your point of entry to Japan is Haneda Airport there are also 4 ways to get to the city.
1) Tokyo Monorail will take you to the city for about 13 minutes.
2) The Keikyu Line runs between Haneda and Shinagawa, which is on the JR Yamanote Line and the JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line. The ride will take about 11 minutes.
3) There are also limousine buses between Haneda and various pick-up/drop-off points in Tokyo. The ride will take from 30 to 60 minutes.
4) Haneda is close enough to Tokyo to make a taxi a great option, especially outside of rush hour or on weekends.
For a short trip to Yokohama you can take a train from Tokyo station (for instance) that will bring you to Yokohama in 47 minutes.
If you come to Saitama, catch a train from Shinjuku Station that will bring you to Saitama Omiya Station in about 30 minutes.
If you come to Nagano, take a Shinkansen from Tokyo Station that will bring you to Nagano Station in about 1 h 22 minutes.
Then you can rent a car (Times Car Nagano) to explore not only the city but fabulous Nagano prefecture with its natural sights and hidden “gems”, sacred shrines and temples.
Tokyo and around top sights
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Exciting Tokyo & magical nature of the region
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Incredible Tokyo region
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It is a big Airport that handles both international & domestic flights and is located about 60 km from Tokyo city. It is very clean, comfortable and efficient with many dining and shopping options to satisfy even very demanding passengers.
Haneda is a very large modern airport located 14 km away from central Tokyo. It handles international and domestic flights as well as Narita International and is full of restaurants, gift shops and vending machines offering food, drinks, toys, games and tickets.
Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Ginza
I adore this hotel for its comfortable rooms, very delicious breakfast and amazing location in Ginza. And I don’t understand why it is a 3-star having 5-star ambience.
Hotel New Grand
Classic beautiful hotel with excellent customer service
Kokuya Ryokan Shibu Onsen
Exceptional experience. Definitely worth staying.
Breakfast at the hotel
The Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace Gardens
Lunch at Yurakucho area
walking around Ginza
Dinner at Kani Douraku
Asakusa area & Nakamise-dori
Lunch at Nakamise-dori
Shinjuku Gyoen Park
walking around Shinjuku
Dinner at Ninja Tokyo
A day trip to Kamakura
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Lunch at Izakaya
Dinner at Wasai Yakura
Back to Tokyo
Departure from Tokyo Station to Nagano (bento-breakfast in Shinkansen)
Car rental at Nagano Station
Check-in at Kokuya Ryokan (Shibu Onsen)
Lunch at Chokkun Izakaya
Onsen experience & relaxation
Dinner at Gonki
Overnight in Shibu Onsen Town
Breakfast at Ryokan
Matsumoto Castle & Park
Lunch at Okina-do
Suwa Taisha Upper Main Shrine
Suwa Taisha Shimosha Akimiya
Dinner at Korean BBQ Namsan
Overnight in Nagano city
Upper Togakushi Shrine & Forest
Lunch at Okusha-mae Naosuke
Togakushi Ninja Museum & Ninja Trick Mansion
Zenkōji Temple complex
Zenkoji Nakamise Street & Zenkoji Omotesando
Departure to Tokyo
Dinner at Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu
Purikura is a Japanese photo booth where you can take lots of fun photos of yourself or together with your friends. It is extremely popular in Japan among the locals, especially young ones.
Shibu Onsen Town
Shibu Onsen is a historic charming hot spring town with a traditional atmosphere. Nestled in a small valley, Shibu Onsen is spread out on a gentle slope beside the Yokoyugawa River, and the Jigokudani Monkey Park above.
Togakushi Shrine is hidden in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture. The real “gem” is a walk through the magical forest of gigantic cypresses with the chirping of birds, the sound of rustling leaves or the snow crunching underfoot.
Yamaguchi Kannon Konjoin Temple
A true hidden “gem” of Saitama is Yamaguchi Kannon Konjoin Temple complex that features a bright red pagoda, hundreds of jizo statues, a bamboo forest on the hill and even a small shrine dedicated to a samurai’s brave horse.
Completely amazing place. Real and cute hedgehogs will welcome you in the lovely dollhouse rooms such as a kitchen, a dining room, a bedroom, a garden and a Japanese-style room. You can feed and touch them, taking pictures!
Ninja Tokyo restaurant ($$$ - expensive)
Ninja Tokyo is a unique concept restaurant you can’t miss in Tokyo. You will transport to Edo times' secret ninja village and will be completely delighted with the mystical magical atmosphere with Ninja Tokyo interior, hospitality and delicious treats.
Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu (Kill Bill restaurant), $$ - moderate
Gonpachi bar-restaurant is the location of one of the iconic scenes in Kill Bill. So if you're a fan of the movie, you'll appreciate it better than others. Besides that it is an amazing restaurant with delicious food, very authentic interior and many photos of Hollywood celebrities visiting this place.
Nagano Farm Stay
Stay at a traditional, centuries-old Japanese farmhouse in Nagano, cook traditional recipes with locals and learn about the frozen cuisine of Yamaura Village from local producers and village grannies! Truly unique experience.
Outside of Yamanouchi’s Shibu Onsen hot spring area is Tamamura Honten, a sake brewery which has been in operation since 1805. The sake produced here with the area’s clean water, clear air, and cool climate has been loved by locals for centuries. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste exquisite sake.
How many days is enough for Tokyo city and other places in the region?
Tokyo has the most wow attractions you have ever seen with unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, amazing museums, ancient temples, gorgeous gardens, cozy izakayas and fantastic food. So you need time to discover this dream city, for sure.
I would stay at least 3-5 days in Tokyo and then spend 4-5 days exploring the area around.
When is the best time to come to the Tokyo region?
Definitely not in Summer. Summer in Tokyo is hot & humid. You will go crazy with crowds, rain, high temperature and insects (!). Spring & Autumn are the best seasons to come. However, avoid October – it is a typhoon season. If you are looking for cherry blossoms, come in March or April. Nagano will be amazing even in winter, especially if you are going to visit snow monkeys and have a relax in one of the mountains onsens. Then I would choose winter time.
What to try in the Tokyo region?
Is the country safe
Police: 110 (across Japan)
Fire Service: 119 (across Japan)
Consulate: (03) 3224-5000 (Tokyo)
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