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Bonsai tree cultivation is a hallmark of traditional Japanese culture. First witness the bonsai’s expression of the austerity of nature hidden within its beautiful exterior, and then head to Matsudai Nohbutai, a field museum that fuses art with traditional satoyama rural mountain living. Observe the traditions and culture of rural agricultural Japan. This valuable trip enables a traveler to enjoy a variety of Japanese culture in one swoop.

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Haneda Airportmore

Haneda Airport

The airport serves as an air gateway for Tokyo. The passenger terminal is filled with various commercial facilities, and visitors can command a panoramic view of Tokyo Bay from the rooftop observation deck, so that every one, even those who are not flying, can enjoy the terminal.

Tokyo Metropolitan Area



Shunkaen Bonsai Museummore


Shunkaen Bonsai Museum

Bonsai is a work of art that creates magnificent natural scenery in a small container. Shunkaen Bonsai Museum in Edogawa-ku, Tokyo was created in 2002 from the desire of Kunio Kobayashi, a bonsai artist and recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award, one of the three grand prizes of Japan, and the Higashi-Kuninomiya Culture Award, to deeply spread bonsai to the world. Over 1,000 bonsai line a garden with a pond where carp gracefully swim and a majestic Japanese house. Each container has different style, all of which are beautiful and have a dignified appearance. The museum also offers classes (for a fee and available in English and Chinese) where you can experience the charm of bonsai. Classes can be booked three days in advance. All you have to bring is yourself as tools and training bonsai are provided. Since you may take completed bonsai home with you for an additional fee, drop by and experience the beauty of bonsai.

JR Sobu Line local train 

JR Yamanote Line
(40 minutes/390 yen) *Time and fare from Koiwa



Shibuya district is the origins of youth culture. You will find several famous restaurants, bars, night clubs and live music venues flourishing among rows of stylish department stores and shops with a constant vibrant and youthful atmosphere. Shibuya is definitely the place to go to if you want to get the latest kawaii (cute) trends published in magazines. In addition, you can also enjoy dining at fashionable cafés and affordable eateries. Situated in front of Shibuya Station are some of the district’s landmarks such as the statue of Hachiko and the “Shibuya Scramble Crossing.”

Tokyu Toyoko Line
(3 minutes/130 yen)



Daikanyama is the starting point of the latest modes. Daikanyama, also known for its high end residential properties, is dotted with embassies and houses owned by foreign nationals, providing a unique, cosmopolitan ambience. The main streets that fan out from Daikanyama Station include Hachiman Street that continues on to Shibuya, the former Yamate Street that heads to Komaba, and Komazawa Street that goes to Ebisu. Along these streets is Hillside Terrace, which stands as a symbol of the neighborhood with its high end and unique shops and restaurants, providing for fun outings in terms of both shopping and dining out. The wide streets lined with greenery and many tall trees, despite its downtown location, provide a perfect backdrop for a walk.

Tokyo Metropolitan Area



Tokyo Stationmore

Tokyo Station

October 2012 saw completion of the preservation and renovation work on the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building. The red brick facade long loved as the symbol of Tokyo Station has made a comeback, along with the history and grandeur of the original building dating nearly a hundred years back. The occasion also saw the reopening of Tokyo Station Hotel and Tokyo Station Gallery. The former is the only hotel situated within an important cultural property of Japan. The interior is designed in a sophisticated, classical European style to blend with the splendor of the Marunouchi Building exterior.

JR Joetsu Shinkansen Show details

Echigo-Yuzawa Stationmore

Echigo-Yuzawa Station

CoCoLo Yuzawa Gangi Dori opened in December 2009. "Gangi Dori" is a street with a nostalgic atmosphere where the townscape from the early Showa Period has been recreated with houses lining covered alleys ("gangi"). The shops sell a wide variety of local souvenirs, including "sasadango (dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaf)," which is a specialty confectionary of Niigata Prefecture.
The station building also has a lot more to offer, including the "Tabearuki Yokocho," a street lined with restaurants, a tourist information center, the Visitor Center with a rent-a-car counter, and the Ponshu-kan selling numerous kinds of sake.

Hokuetsu Express Hokuhoku Line Echigo-Yuzawa Station → Matsudai
(around 30 minutes)

Matsudai Nohbutaimore


Matsudai Nohbutai

Matsudai area of Tokamachi City is mostly mountains and known for some of the heaviest snowfalls in the world in winter. Cultivating rice fields on the slope of mountains, changing the river flow to create rice fields, and planting trees after mudslides was the way the locals have co-existed with nature in farming villages, creating the so-called "satoyama" that Japan boasts to the world. Matsudai Nohbutai is a field museum of farming culture and art for discovering and promoting this lifestyle in the snow country.

Hokuetsu Express Hokuhoku Line Matsudai→Echigo-Yuzawa Station
(around 30 minutes)

Echigo Yuzawa Area


Echigo Yuzawa Area

JR Joetsu Shinkansen Echigo-Yuzawa Station→Urasa Around 10 minutes

Around 15 minutes by taxi from JR Urasa Station



The people of the snow country of Uonuma continue to make use of ancient wisdom to coexist in harmony with nature while enjoying the changing of the four seasons, and making sure the knowhow is passed on to future generations. The region, blessed with the rural scenery of a satoyama, is dotted with places where visitors can relax, including Hakkaisan Yukimuro with a cafe, a shop, and a kitchen goods store, Sobaya Nagamori (a soba noodle restaurant), Bukabunka (a restaurant serving local cuisine), Satoya (a confectionary shop), Tsutsumiya Hachikura (providing a wrapping service), etc. Enjoy the beauty of the four seasons that bring back memories of days gone by, and discover genuine Uonuma.

Around 15 minutes by taxi to JR Urasa Station

JR Joetsu Shinkansen
Urasa → Niigata
Around 35 minutes Show details

Niigata Stationmore

Niigata Station

Niigata Station is the transport hub of Niigata City, and in addition to Station Shopping Center CoCoLo, and Ponshu-kan, a sake amusement park, a variety of shops can be found there where visitors can enjoy shopping and dining.

JR Uetsu Main Line Limited Express
Niigata → Murakami
Around 45 minutes

Bus Murakamieki-mae → Senami Onsen
Around 10 minutes

Senami Onsen


Senami Onsen

Bus Senami Onsen → Murakamieki-mae Around 10 minutes

Walking around Murakamimore

Walking around Murakami

Dotted throughout the former castle town of Murakami are traditional houses that continue to be used today as houses and shops. Many of the "machiya (traditional townhouses)," made using traditional methods, have been opened to the public, allowing visitors to enjoy walking around the town. Senami Onsen is located nearby from where visitors can see panoramic views of the sun setting in the Sea of Japan, and allowing them to enjoy traditional Japanese culture and hot springs at the same time.

JR Uetsu Main Line Limited Express 
Murakami → Niigata 
Around 45 minutes

Niigataeki-mae → Higashibori-dori Juban-cho
Around 20 minutes

Gotokuya Jube Photoshoot(Geisha Style)more

Gotokuya Jube Photoshoot(Geisha Style)

Dress up in "Geisha Style" just like in an "ukiyo-e" painting. Wear a luxurious traditional Japanese kimono, and have your hair done in a style of extreme extravagance to experience the ultimate in feminine beauty. A photo session against an exotic backdrop in the studio will be a unique and exciting highlight of your trip to Niigata.

Bus Higashibori-dori Juban-cho → Niigataeki-mae Around 20 minutes

Niigata Station

JR Joetsu Shinkansen Show details

Tokyo Station

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