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Oshima, Niijima and Kozushima: 3 Distinct Cultures of Tokyo Far from the City

Fancy sampling what island life has to offer? Take a short trip from Tokyo to experience what to see and do on three of the capital’s beautiful islands.

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5 National Parks Where You Can Explore Japan’s Great Outdoors

Whether you crave a multi-day outdoor adventure or simply want some natural beauty to restore the senses—Japan's majestic national parks await.

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Best Train Lines for Living in Tokyo: The Tsukuba Express

The sleek Tsukuba Express offers easy access to major Tokyo hubs, quiet locals stops and serene nature spots.

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Aogashima: A Natural Paradise, a Part of Tokyo

This Tokyo island’s distance from the city and unique double volcano make it a must-visit destination.

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5 More Cool Studio Ghibli Locations You Can Visit in Japan

What were some of the real-life locations that inspired our favorite anime films?

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Experience the Coastal Legacy and Natural Heart of Japan’s Kii Peninsula

Uncover coastal villages, misty mountains and the legacy of the "ama"—Japanese female divers with a tradition dating back more than 2,000 years.

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Discover the Iconic Gorges, Legends and UNESCO World Heritage Temples of Iwate Prefecture

A mere two hours by train from Tokyo, this secluded region of Tohoku feels a world away.

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Best Train Lines for Living in Tokyo: The Chuo-Sobu Line

The Chuo-Sobu is one of the finest commuter lines for convenience and affordability. Discover your new home in the heart of Tokyo with this quick guide. 

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My First Trip to Tohoku: Why It Belongs on Your Post-Pandemic Travel List

From locally sourced food to spiritual healing and incredible scenic views, traveling from coast to coast in Tohoku is an experience you shouldn’t miss.

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Beyond Tokyo’s 23 Wards: Exploring West Tokyo and its Remote Islands

Tokyo is far more expansive than what you can see from atop of one of its many skyscrapers—even on the clearest day.

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Exploring Koyasan, Japan’s Most Holy Town

Don’t call it Mount Koya. This sacred complex in Wakayama Prefecture is much more than just a mountain.

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