11 Best Day Trips From Tokyo by Bullet Train

Mount Fuji and purple flower field viewed from Tokyo bullet train day trip

Thanks to the expanding shinkansen network, exploring Japan has never been easier. And if you’re a foreign visitor, you can zip around the country without spending a fortune on tickets! These day trips from Tokyo by bullet train take full advantage of the Japan Rail Pass.

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Comprehensive Japan Travel Checklist for First Time Visitors

Tokyo Asakusa Shrine during cherry blossom season should be on everyone's Japan travel checklist

If you’re traveling to Japan for the first time, you’re probably feeling a mix of excitement and anxiety. Planning a trip to Japan can be overwhelming, especially if you haven’t done much international travel! Luckily, I’m here to share my personal Japan travel checklist to help you prepare for the trip of a lifetime.

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Traveling to Japan Alone: What You Need to Know

Woman traveling to Japan alone in Sagano bamboo forest

When it comes to solo travel, I can’t think of a better country than Japan. Efficient public transit, English signage, and a customer service-oriented culture make traveling to Japan alone a breeze.

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25 Famous Things in Japan You Need to Experience

Famous Things in Japan include views of Mount Fuji from Lake Kawaguchiko in autumn

Japan is the kind of place you can visit a hundred times and never get bored. There’s always another beautiful shrine, natural wonder, or delicious restaurant to enjoy. But if you want truly iconic experiences, you should add these famous things in Japan to your bucket list.

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Visiting Japan in October: The Best of Autumn in Japan

Visiting Japan in October - Matsumoto shrine with red autumn leaves

The best travel experience of my life was visiting Japan in October. As a fall foliage fanatic, I loved seeing the country decorated in vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. And when you add in pleasant weather, cheaper travel, and traditional festivals, autumn in Japan becomes the ideal time for a trip.

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5 Day Japan Itinerary Ideas to Suit Any Travel Style

5 Day Japan Itinerary Ideas to Suit Any Travel Style

So, you only have 5 days in Japan and want to make the most of your time. Well, you’ve come to the right place! Japan is my all-time favorite travel destination, and I have several 5 day Japan itinerary options to help you build your ideal trip.

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Tokyo Itinerary: 6 Days of Sightseeing and Hidden Gems

Tokyo Itinerary: 6 Days of Sightseeing and Hidden Gems

Tokyo is a city of contrasts. Ancient shrines sit across from busy shopping centers.  Cherry blossom trees grow in front of flashing billboards. Narrow alleys with tiny restaurants hide behind six-lane roads and skyscrapers. And with this 6 day Tokyo itinerary, you’ll have time to experience the city’s highlights and hidden gems.

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What to Do in Nagano Japan: A 5 Day Nagano Itinerary

What to do in Nagano Japan: 5 Day Nagano Itinerary

Japan’s Nagano prefecture boasts stunning natural landscapes, famous castles, and breathtaking shrines. In fact, my solo trip to the region was the best vacation I’ve ever had! But after returning home, I realized a lot of international travelers don’t know what to do in Nagano. And honestly, I wasn’t aware of the region’s highlights until I started planning my own Nagano itinerary.

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How to Visit Shiraito Falls: Karuizawa Day Trip Guide

How to Visit Shiraito Falls: Karuizawa Day Trip Guide

If you love chasing waterfalls, then a day trip to Karuizawa’s Shiraito Falls is a must. Although Shiraito Waterfall isn’t the tallest in Japan, its impressive 70 meter arc makes it one of the country’s more unique falls. And best of all, this Nagano gem is easy to reach by public transit.

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