Japan's Culinary delights

Japan, the land of the rising sun. Experience the most famous cities, the charming landscape, and the extraordinary culture of the island nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Japan is always worth a visit.

A train trip through Japan is a nice alternative to buses or rental cars. You can travel comfortably, and without difficulty, while also experiencing the country, people, and culture very closely. A special Japan itinerary from Tokyo to Osaka is presented here.

Where To Buy Tickets: JRailPass | 12GO

Countries Visited: Japan

Rail Passes:  Japan Rail Pass

Price Range: $$$$$

Recommended Days: 10 – 14 Days

Riding Hours: Approx. 7 hrs

Distance: 504 km

Transportation: Train

Tokyo ➝ HakoneKyoto ➝ Osaka ➝ Kobe

Tokyo: Japan’s World Metropolis

Your Japan itinerary starts in Tokyo, the craziest capital of the world. Coming from the West, the lively tangle of crowds, countless neon light advertisements and incomprehensible characters at first seems completely chaotic, almost frightening. But then you realize: it’s very easy to find your way around- and by this time, Tokyo has already captivated you.

There are many places of interest, such as the most famous intersection in the world – Shibuya, the wonderful view from the Sky-Tree, or the Imperial Palace.

For an activity-based meal, head to Zauo where you are handed a fishing rod, bait, and fish for your own dinner, customers could catch anything from sharks to red snapper to mackerel.

Tokyo Station → Hakone-Yumoto Station | Duration: 1:06 h | Transfers: 1

Hakone: Time For Hot Springs

From Tokyo, you take the train to Hakone. The city in the mountains is best known for its thermal baths and breathtaking views of Mount Fuji.

The Hakone Ropeway is the name of the cable car that stops at Ōwakudani, a traditional and relaxing hot spring. The cable car continues up and on to provide great views of green mountains, valleys, and Lake Ashi. This lake is a crater lake with deep blue water and whilst on its shore, the eternally snow-covered peak of Mount Fuji emerges in the distance.

An alternative to a traditional thermal bath is a trip to the Yunessun Spa Resort where you’re able to bathe in coffee, sake, red wine, and ramen broth!

Hakone-Yumoto Station → Kyoto Station | Duration: 3:51 h | Transfers: 1

Kyoto: Experience Japanese Culture First-Hand

Kyoto is an absolute highlight on a trip to Japan. Culturally, Kyoto offers more than almost any other city. The former capital is located on the island Honshu and is known for its diverse temples, beautiful gardens, impressive imperial palaces, traditional wooden ryokan, and Shinto shrines.

Special traditions started here in Kyoto and are still lived today – like the Kaiseki meal, Japanese haute culture. Click here to know more about the importance of it.

Make sure to check out the Nishiki Market which is 700 years old and which serves up street food from over 100 stalls; and when you’re needing a break from the bustling city, visit the Sagano Bamboo Forest.

Kyoto Station → Osaka Station | Duration: 0:30 h | Transfers: 0

Osaka: Culinary Delights

This large port city is known for its economic hub of the country, the pulsating, dazzling nightlife, and – it is hard to believe – for its countless and varied snack stands.

Osaka is often called the “Nation’s Kitchen”. Here you’ll find culinary delights and Japanese “fast food” for every budget. It’s worth spending a night or two exploring the city. For the non-claustrophobic, there are countless stylish capsule hotels to stay in and of course normal hotels and hostels too.

An important landmark unworthy of missing is the Osaka castle in the center of the city, this may not appear as a traditional-looking castle; however, it’s still extremely impressive.

If you’re lucky enough to be in the city in March, the annual Sumo Spring Grand Tournament is held and is a perfect way to dive deeper into learning more about the age-old sport of sumo wrestling.

Osaka Umeda Station → Kobe Station  | Duration: 0:30 h | Transfers: 0

Kobe: Best Beef In The World

Kobe is located in the Japanese province of Hyogo and is world-famous for its steaks. Kobe beef is said to be the best steak in the world. Infused with the finest fat deposits in the muscle tissue, Kobe beef just melts on the tongue.

Of course, Kobe has more to offer. The Red Port Tower in the port of the city, the Kawasaki World Museum, Kobe’s western district, Kitano-Cho, are only a few sights worth seeing.

Take a trip to Nunobiki Waterfall with the Miharashi viewing platform and take the cable car to Mount Rokko, the highest mountain in the area.

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