Tokyo & Around Tokyo

Whether it’s the skyscrapers and bright lights of the big city, the jaw-dropping natural wonders of the remote countryside, mouth-watering cuisine found in local areas, or anything in between, there’s an endless number of reasons to wander Japan. You never know what you might discover along the way!

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Art & Culture Art & Culture
Art & Culture

Japan is home to refined traditional arts and dynamic performing arts, pillars of culture that have been practiced for centuries. Find out how to get hands-on with these enduring traditions.

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History History

Japanese history stretches back through the centuries, the legacy of which can still be seen to this day. Explore castles, shrines and temples, historic villages and more.

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Nature & Outdoor Nature & Outdoor
Nature & Outdoor

Discover the seasonal beauty of Japan’s diverse landscapes, from picture-perfect gardens to rugged mountains and sweeping coasts. Enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities to make the most of nature’s majesty.

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Food & Drink Food & Drink
Food & Drink

A form of art unto itself, Japan’s cuisine culture is incredibly regional, and as delicious as it is eye-catching. Whether its global favorites like ramen and sushi, or local specialties that utilize seasonal ingredients, Japanese food is always better with a sip of sake or an ice-cold beer!

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Relaxing Stay Relaxing Stay
Relaxing Stay

Japanese hospitality is legendary, and a fundamental pillar of rest and relaxation in the Land of the Rising Sun! Soak in the culture and scenery—literally—with a dip in a luxurious hot spring, and soothe both your body and spirit.

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Plan Your Trip

  • Moving Art in Greater Tokyo

    Japan has a rich history of traditional, modern, and experiential art, and Greater Tokyo is one of the best places to dive in! On this two-day course, visitors will explore traditional and modern marvels in Tokyo, before heading to Kanagawa Prefecture to explore the country’s natural beauty.

  • Epic Outdoor Adventures

    After experiencing all the big city has to offer, it’s great to stretch your legs and explore some of the incredible outdoor locations accessible from Tokyo! Both Chiba and Ibaraki are home to stunning landscapes that offer visitors a variety of unique outdoor activities.

  • Explore a Wild Wonderland

    Wander outside of Tokyo to a wilder part of the country, where locals have long lived in harmony with nature. The unspoiled landscapes of Gunma and Niigata are home to an incredible variety of exciting outdoor activities, living art that changes with the seasons, and local delicacies that are sure to please.

  • A Spiritual Retreat to Japan

    Central Japan is home to some truly breathtaking, unspoiled landscapes just begging to be explored. As such, it is a mecca for those looking to enjoy the great outdoors, especially Yamanashi Prefecture’s wine country, and the majestic peaks found in Nagano. It is also home to many sacred sites that can help visitors get in touch with Japanese spiritual traditions.

  • Discover Samurai Spirit

    Journey north of Tokyo to Fukushima Prefecture, the gateway to Japan’s northeastern region of Tohoku. There you’ll find the samurai spirit alive and well, and have the opportunity to explore one of the most enduring aspects of Japanese history. You’ll also find unspoiled nature home to a wealth of thrilling outdoor activities.

  • Beauty Just North of Tokyo

    You don’t have to go very far from the big city to take a deep dive into unique aspects of Japanese history, culture, and natural beauty. Saitama and Tochigi prefectures are just north of Tokyo, and offer travelers the chance to explore gorgeous locales, stroll retro city streets, and get in touch with enduring Japanese traditions.


If you truly want to wander in and around Tokyo, there’s no better way to get around than with JR EAST. With an incredible rail network that extends from Tokyo to Hokkaido, and all the prefectures in between, there are a variety of useful and affordable passes to suit your travel needs. Whether you’re zooming from prefecture to prefecture on Shinkansen bullet trains, or slowly roaming on quaint local lines, JR EAST makes it easy to make the most of your time and money while you explore the Land of the Rising Sun.

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While one could easily spend a lifetime trying to explore all Tokyo has to offer, there are countless sights and experiences waiting just a stone’s throw away! If you want to get to know another side of Japan, it’s well worth it to stretch your legs and roam around the nearby Kanto, Tokai, Hokuriku Shinetsu, and Tohoku regions.

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