The highlights of the east Japan area are onsen hot springs and history. You can encounter onsens deep in the mountains and elegant temples. Japan’s unique gourmet cuisine such as seafood and sake are also recommended. In addition, experiencing unique train travel, such as a sake tasting onboard the “Koshino Shu*Kura“ or a footbath aboard the Shinkansen “Toreiyu Tsubasa“, will create wonderful memories.
Yuzawa is the southernmost town in central Niigata Prefecture. Bordering Nagano and Gunma prefectures, it is known as a mountain resort area surrounded by the 2,000-meter-high Japan Alps. The high-quality hot springs and ski resorts in Echigo-Yuzawa are popular tourist destinations.
Mt. Fuji is the most famous mountain in Japan and has been registered as a World Heritage Cultural Site. While it is nice to view from afar, it is worth seeing up close at least once. There is plenty of gorgeous scenery around Mt. Fuji to see, such as Fuji-goko (Fuji Five Lakes) including Lake Kawaguchi, the Wind Cave, and the Ice Cave.
Hanamaki in Iwate has a shinkansen station and outstanding accessibility. There are many spots related to Kenji Miyazawa, a fairy tale writer who was born there. After enjoying the local specialty of wanko soba, with its unique serving method, relax in the varied hot springs of the Hanamaki Onsen Village.
The area around World Natural Heritage site Shirakami Sanchi is a treasure trove of famous places that you should visit at least once. Travel there on the Resort Shirakami train, perhaps to Lake Juniko with the impressive Aoike Pond and its mysterious cobalt blue waters, or to Senjojiki Coast with rock ledges that look out onto the Sea of Japan.
Shinjuku is visited by more foreign tourists than any other area in Tokyo. They visit for the various diverse attractions it has to offer. Alongside its rows of skyscrapers, plentiful shopping, and gourmet cuisine to enjoy, you will also find areas with peaceful greenery like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
In Izu, which is relatively warm even in winter, you can enjoy a leisure facility that exhibits tropical plants and animals, local gourmet cuisine such as the Kinmedai fish and Japanese spiny lobsters, and more. It is also recommended to visit the different onsens.
Moving experiences in a Japanese atmosphere await you in the Joetsu-Myoko area. Please enjoy special times here, such as visiting an ancient castle where you can feel the samurai spirit or going on a tour of a sake brewery with over 100 years of history.
The highlights of Murayama in Yamagata are the onsens nestled deep in the mountains and the picturesque scenery of classic Japanese temples. It is exquisite to savor wagyu beef gourmet cuisine in a greenery-filled atmosphere.
Trains through East Japan
Jōetsu Shinkansen (E7-Series)
Travel from Tokyo to the culinary capital of Niigata in elegance and comfort on a high-speed train
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A train from the heart of Tokyo directly to Mt. Fuji
A local Tohoku line you should take at least once
Optimal for accessing Tokyo from Narita Airport!
Enjoy local Niigata sake and foods aboard the train
Travel in luxury from Tokyo to Kanazawa