Don't try to do all Japan in one trip, but these three places provide a perfect introduction: the cutting-edge modernity of Tokyo, the mystical beauty of Kyoto and the serenity of Hakone National Park, where you can stay in a traditional hot spring inn. The itinerary offered by Inside Japan Tours also includes travel on the Bullet Train.
A 200,000 square metre plot of unspoilt nature, right in the heart of Tokyo's urban sprawl. This reserve, set aside for mostly academic purposes, teems with birds, frogs, insects and the occasional snake, and offers the kind of sanctuary that many never find in the city.
Entry is 200 yen, and tranquility is conserved by only allowing a strictly limited number of visitors inside at any one time.
East of JR Meguro station, next to the Teien Art Museum.
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