Here is a sightseeing map of Japan I created that hits up some of the most popular cultural sites in Tokyo and Kyoto. If it's your first time and you're not sure what to do, this is a great start. But as always, going a bit off the beaten path will reward you with some beautiful vistas, local specialty foods, rich culture and a warm and welcoming people.
If you're planning to travel regularly by local or bullet train, consider getting a JR-PASS (non-affiliate).
Benefits of a JR Pass:
- Save countless dollars on JR train travel
- Unlimited travel on JR branded local and bullet trains for 7, 14 or 21 days
Things to consider about the JR Pass:
- It is only purchasable outside Japan
- It is only available to non-Japanese Citizens after March 2017