Have you been dreaming of faraway lands? If so, the latest news of Japan’s reopening its borders to tourists had you ready to book a one-way flight. But before you hop on that plane here are three fresh places to add to your bucket list. 

According to the Japanese Times, the ease in restriction means that travelers can either present a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter. In addition, travelers from the USA will be able to enter without a short-term visa. 

Japan is known for its iconic fashion, futuristic streets, and blazing food scene. While we know Tokyo is top of mine when visiting this country — be sure to check out some alternative destinations listed below that will satisfy any traveler’s wanderlust. 


Osaka is the second largest city in Japan, next to Tokyo. The bustling streets and nightlife will leave any travelers with memories to last a lifetime. Osaka is a huge port city located on the island of Honshu. A few must-visit attractions include Osaka Castle, Tennoji Park, and hitennō-ji. It takes about 3 hours to get to Osaka from Tokyo by train. Osaka is also known as Japan’s street food capital, so make sure to stroll down the streets of Dotonbori to taste it all.



Tohoku is a region located in Northern Japan. Far from the busy streets, this area is known for its mountains, volcanoes, hot springs, and rural landscape. This area is perfect for travelers looking to get lost in the countryside and nature. A few must-see places include Matsushima Bay and Lake Towada, Akita, and Aomori. 



When I think of Kyoto, I think of “old Japan.” In addition, Kyoto is a beautiful mix of tradition, stunning architecture, and culture. The city has plenty of Buddhist temples to visit in addition to authentic cuisine. Kyoto is about 2 hours from Tokyo on the JR Train. Top attractions in Kyoto include Arashiyama Bamboo Grove,  Fushimi Inari Shrine, and a traditional tea ceremony.