Struggling to find a place to stay in Tokyo? Take advantage of the night hours! Hop on a night bus, sleeper-train, or overnight ferry and wake up in a faraway destination of your choice.
If you’re hoping to maximize your time and see as much as you can in Japan, journey in the night to save some time. Tokyo is a hub for long-distance transportation and you’ll find buses, ferries, and trains departing for remote areas in the wee hours of the night. Snooze through the ride and wake up in a cool mountain resort in Tohoku or a steamy hot spring town in Kyushu. You could even choose to take a ferry to one of the secluded islands off the coasts of Japan.
Options range from ultra-cheap seats to hotel-style luxury buses. That means you not only have several choices destination-wise, but also plenty of alternatives to match your budget and preferences.
The highway bus is the most common way to travel long-distance in the night. You can head to Hokkaido, the northernmost part of Japan, or the hot spring towns of Kyushu down south. Most major cities are connected by bus.
There are two large bus terminals that serve as bus hubs in Tokyo: Busta Shinjuku in Shinjuku Station, and Tokyo Station’s Yaesu Exit. You will also find buses along other major stations such as Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Yokohama, Hachioji, and even Tokyo Disneyland. You can make online reservations in advance from each bus company’s official website. Alternatively, pick up advance or same-day tickets at the bus stations.
Kyoto and Osaka are about 400 kilometers (250 miles) from Tokyo. It takes about 6 hours to get there by bus and there are departures throughout the day. Some buses adjust their break times to ensure that you don’t arrive way too early in the morning.FIND MORE KANSAI
The Tohoku area is known for its lush green landscapes. Whether you’re hoping to walk some nature trails, hike up to soaring summits, or soak in mineral-rich hot springs, the Tohoku area has something for everyone.
While some parts were affected by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, many have recovered and are open for sightseeing.FIND MORE TOHOKU
The mountains of Nagano and Kanazawa are accessible by the high-speed Shinkansen train. However, many buses offer direct access to trailheads in the summertime, making them the ideal option for hikers. If you’re hoping to do some trekking while you’re in Japan, consider taking a bus.FIND MORE NAGANO,
Whether it’s the crimson red torii gates of Miyajima or the Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima, the area enclosing the Seto Inland Sea has plenty to offer to visitors. Cycle along one of the many bridges in the area and look out for stunning seascapes.FIND MORE CHUGOKU
Three bridges connect Shikoku to the main island of Japan. The Shikoku area is known for its calm vibes and delicious local cuisine. Head to the Matsuyama area for hot springs or try some of Japan’s finest udon noodles in Takamatsu.FIND MORE SHIKOKU
Delectable dishes, lush nature, mineral-rich hot springs—the Kyushu area has it all. It’s a 14-hour bus ride from Tokyo, but if you take an early-evening bus, you’ll arrive the next morning. Get off at one of the rest stops and try local delicacies. There are plenty of ways to enjoy a long haul bus ride.FIND MORE KYUSHU