Departing from Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, exceptional trips that explore the regional attractions of Japan.
We offer you 35 selections of recommended travel routes that foreigner have chosen after living and developing a deep love for the region.

Japan. Endless Discovery.
Short trips from Tokyo
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Two-day trip Mt. Fuji, World Cultural Heritage abundant in nature, and source of artistic inspiration

Short trip to Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji is Japan's highest mountain and is flanked on the north by the beautiful Fuji Five Lakes area. The image of the snow-capped, volcanic mountain, with its near perfect symmetry, is one of the most iconic images of Japan and popular among visitors with many tourist attractions such as the 5th station of the Fuji Subaru Line or excursion boats on the lakes. Mt. Fuji was designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2013, rather than a natural site as most people imagine. The designation, including 25 cultural components, reflects not only the natural beauty of Mt. Fuji, but more specifically, the deep cultural, historical, and spiritual importance of the sacred mountain. The World Heritage designations recognize the many shrines, buildings and pilgrimage routes dedicated to Mt. Fuji over history. This route to sacred Mt. Fuji will leave the visitor with a deep sense of natural beauty and cultural immersion.

Guide
Ryan Hunt

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Short trips from Kyoto
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Two-day trip Stroll through retro Japan streets

Short trip to Hida Takayama

Surrounded by the grandeur of nature, Hida Takayama still strongly holds onto traces of Japan’s Edo Period (1603-1868). That inherited history and culture is evident in the everyday life of the town today. One of Japan’s Big Three festivals, Takayama Festival is made up of the Sanno Festival in spring and the Hachiman Festival in fall. Tourists flock to the town every year to witness the parade of refined, yet dazzling festival floats. Takayama Festival was globally recognized in December 2016, being designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Any visit to Takayama should include exploring its traditional architecture preservation district, with its rows of old shops and houses, where the town’s residents and artisans still live to keep the spirit of Takayama Festival alive. You can never lose your way on this popular route that allows you to leisurely experience the customs and goodwill of the town.

Guide
Thomas Steinmann

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Short trips from Osaka
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Two-day trip Koyasan, a historic Buddhist sanctuary surrounded by wilderness

Short trip to Koyasan

Nested within the remote Kii Mountains lies one of Japan’s most unique destinations – Koyasan. Founded in 816 this small Buddhist town recently celebrated its 1200th anniversary, and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. It is the capital for one of Japan’s major sects of Buddhism, and is not just visited by people from all over the world, including the Dalai Lama, but also thousands of Japanese citizens. Originally created by one of Japan’s most influential figures – Kobo Daishi – Koyasan offers many special experiences that are difficult to find elsewhere. These include a stay in one of the town’s over 50 temples, a stroll through Japan’s largest cemetery, and cuisine synonymous with the area. Additionally, Koyasan differs greatly from similar places famous for their history like Kyoto and Nara, as it is entirely located within nature and without the influence of the city.

Guide
Steven Brockway

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