With a height of 634 m., Tokyo Skytree is the tallest structure in Japan. The observation deck offers a stunning panorama of the capital and beyond, including Mount Fuji.
The district of Asakusa, with its temples, shopping alleys and countless restaurants and food stalls is one of the most visited areas of the capital.
Once the property of the Tokugawa family, the park of Hamarikyu Gardens is an oasis of tranquility surrounded by high-rise buildings. It’s also a top spot to observe cherry tree blossoms.
Also known as Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle, this fortress offers a deep experience of samurai culture.
The 18th-century Sazaedo Pagoda has a unique architectural structure, with a double-helix wooden ramp.
Travel back in time with a stroll along Nanokamachi Street, a great location to shop for souvenirs.
Ouchi-juku was an important post town during the Edo era, famous for the thatched buildings along the main street.
This area offers stunning views of field mustard in spring and sunflowers from summer to autumn.
This museum is dedicated to the life and work of a prominent Japanese bacteriologist.
Sendai is the capital of Miyagi Prefecture and the largest city of the Tohoku region.
17th-century mausoleum dedicated to Date Masamune, lord of the Sendai domain.
Sendai Clis Road: shops, restaurants and more.
The pine-covered islands and emerald waters of Matsushima Bay make it one of the top scenic spots in Japan.
A boat excursion is one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery.
Rebuilt in 1604, Godaido Temple overlooks Matsushima Bay.
Japan’s largest fox-themed zoo.
Cherry blossoms on the banks of the Shiroishi river
Drive to Okama Crater on Mount Zao
Skiing among “snow monsters” in the hot spring area of Zao Onsen.
Yama-dera (literally “mountain temple”, common name of Risshakuji Temple) in Yamagata Prefecture, where the poet Matsuo Basho composed one of his most famous haiku.
Enjoy picking apples, cherries, peaches or grape, depending on the season.
Highly scenic hot spring area that served as the setting for a famous historical TV drama.
From Ginzan Onsen, take the Hanagasa bus and get off at Oishida-eki (36 min.).
Take the JR Yamagata Line to Shinjo (21 min.). Change to the JR Rikuu West Line and get off at Amarume (46 min.). Take the Inaho limited express until Tsuruoka (10 min.). Take the Shonai Kotsu bus and get off at Kamo Suizokukan (35 min.).
Kamo Aquarium boasts the world’s largest collection of jellyfish.
A great way to spend the night and learn more about life in the Japanese countryside.
Overnight bus from Tsuruoka to Tokyo: 7 hours.