Recommended for people who are finished sightseeing in Tokyo and don't know where to go next! Here are 5 popular spots easily accessible from Shinjuku Station by highway bus.
Kusatsu Onsen, in Gunma, is about a four hour bus ride away from Shinjuku Station's bus terminal. While the prices depend on when you buy them, it's usually around 3,000 JPY.
Kusatsu Onsen is one of Japan's top three hot springs, and it is the spring with the largest output in Japan, with more than 32,300 liters of water flowing from the well every minute. Thanks to that tremendous amount, there are many ryokan (traditional inns) and facilities where you can enjoy bathing available. Also, you can watch and enjoy "yumomi," an ancient, traditional practice of stirring the water with boards of wood in order to cool down extremely hot springs and make them gentle on the skin.
1. Kusatsu Onsen
These outlets in Gotemba, Shizuoka, are Japan's best. You can take a bus from the bus terminal every day, and it takes about 90 minutes. It will cost 1,650 JPY (incl. tax) one way, and 2,880 JPY (incl. tax) for round trip for adults.
It's built on a plain at the foot of Mt. Fuji, and there are around 210 shops on these wide grounds. It's famous nationwide for being an area where you can buy popular products from casual apparel to luxury brands for cheap prices. It also has plenty of restaurants.
2. Gotemba Premium Outlets
The 5th station is the area 2,305m high at Mt. Fuji's tree line. There are plenty of buildings here, including restaurants, shops, a rest house, and a currency exchange that are open from mid-April to mid-December. It's much more developed than other trail-heads. It's about a 2 and a half hour bus ride from the bus terminal, and one way costs around 2,700 JPY (incl. tax). Since the bus is only available during certain periods, please contact the bus company for information.
There's a hiking course without many ups and downs as well as a beautiful viewing point, and even a shrine. Why not experience the other world that's this boundary between the sky and earth?
Kamikochi is one of Japan's foremost mountainous areas in Matsumoto, Nagano, with an elevation of 1,500m. It's one part of the Chubu-Sangaku National Park, and it's registered as a national cultural property as a special place of scenic beauty and a special natural monument.
The clean river water and the grandeur of the mountains are relaxing as you gaze at the fiery autumn foliage and mountain flora flourishing in the clean air. You can stroll around this beautiful area that is nicknamed "the land gods came to earth."
You can take a bus directly from the Shinjuku Station bus terminal. A day bus takes around 4 hours and 40 minutes, while an overnight bus takes around 7 hours due to stops. One way starts around 4,850 JPY (incl. tax), though it may change depending on seat type and season.
The Tateyama area, on the southern part of Chiba's Boso Peninsula, is a warm resort area near the city. You can enjoy ocean swimming and diving, as well as hot springs, shrines and temples, and cable cars. It's an area packed with places to see. There are also plenty of restaurants where you can enjoy seafood, including sushi!
A bus from Shinjuku Station's bus terminal takes about an hour and a half. While tickets usually cost around 2,500 JPY (incl. tax), it may change depending on season and bus type.
There are plenty of places you can reach by bus, from Aomori in the north to Fukuoka in the south! If you utilize them, you can make plenty of very unique travel plans!
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