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Interactive Japan Map

With so much to see and do, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to plan for a trip to Japan.

We put together the ultimate interactive Japan map based on our extensive experience traveling through Japan.

This map includes our top recommendations in Tokyo, Hakone, Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima Island and Kyoto—classic and iconic destinations for your first trip to Japan.

In this interactive Google map, we took our knowledge and experience from traveling to Japan 3 times (and counting!) and created over 200 pins with recommendations for top sights, hidden gems, restaurants, transportation, shopping and places to stay.

We’ve added our personal notes and suggestions for each pin so you know exactly what to expect and how to plan. 

We hope this map helps you plan your ultimate Japan adventure!

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In this map you’ll find: 

  • Hidden gems: our favorite spots are the ones off the typical tourist route
  • Top sights: we can’t leave out the big ones, so don’t worry, you won’t miss any!
  • Excellent restaurants: our favorite restaurants as well as some top-reviewed spots that are on our personal list for our next trip
  • Street food: where to try some of Japan’s most unique street foods
  • Cozy cafes: the best places to get that morning (or mid-afternoon) pick-me-up
  • Sweet treats: if you have a sweet tooth like me, you’ll love these recs!
  • Cocktail bars, speakeasies and rooftops: plenty of fun nightlife suggestions
  • Viewpoints & photo spots: where to snap the best pictures 
  • Worthy tours: we’re included a handful of tours we think are worth it and their locations 
  • Short hikes/walks: some off-the-beaten path hiking opportunities in nature
  • Souvenir suggestions: we’ll tell you exactly where to buy to get high-quality and unique Japanese souvenirs
  • Transportation hubs: if you’re following our Classic Japan itinerary, we’ve marked all of the train and bus stations you’ll need to know
  • Unique places to stay: our top recommended hotels, ryokans and guesthouses for each destination

What you’ll get: Direct access to our interactive Japan map on Google Maps so you can download it to your device and access it while offline.  

Tokyo – Hakone  – Osaka – Nara – Hiroshima – Miyajima Island – Kyoto – Arashiyama

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What can I expect on this map?

  • 200+ pins that are clearly labeled
  • Descriptions, tips, and personal thoughts for each pin
  • Toggle layers on and off so you can view one places (like Tokyo) at a time, or see all of the layers at once
  • Restaurant, cafe, sweet treats and bar/nightlife recommendations for each place
  • A variety of places to stay, including hotels and unique stays in ryokans and guesthouses
  • Transportation hubs like train and bus stations in each location

We’re also sharing:

  • Insider tips: like items we recommend ordering at restaurants, or how to avoid crowds
  • Our personal thoughts: we’re explaining which of the top sights may not live up to the hype (and less popular alternatives)
  • Places that are on our bucket list: while we’ve had 3 trips to explore Japan (and all sorts of practical tips based on our personal experience!), there are still some places that are on our own bucket list that we’re sharing with you

Places covered

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Osaka
  • Nara
  • Hiroshima
  • Miyajima Island
  • Kyoto
  • Arashiyama

Before you go…

We’re creating the ultimate Japan hidden gems and natural exploration itinerary based on our personal travels around the country and it’ll be coming your way soon! Click below to enter your details if you’d like to join the waitlist and be the first to know when our hidden gems itinerary is released!

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