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Top 10 Destinations For A Day Trip From Tokyo
This article features 10 recommended destinations for a day trip to places just a few hours away from Tokyo, such as Nikko, Hakone, Kamakura or Kawagoe. When visiting Tokyo, remember to check out some of these places too!
Written by Sawada Tomomi
Tokyo has an efficient transportation system, allowing one to visit the nearby areas easily.
There are many places just a few hours away from Tokyo where you can enjoy nature, delicious food, and history. We will introduce ten recommended destinations you can visit on a day trip from Tokyo. All these places will steal your heart with their scenic views, local food, and unique charm, features that cannot be found in the heart of the metropolis.
Nikko Toshogu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a famous shrine to visit in Nikko, Tochigi prefecture. From Asakusa Station, you can reach Nikko in less than two hours.
2. Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013, becoming an even more popular place to visit. It takes 2 hours and 40 minutes by train and bus from Tokyo's Shinjuku Station.
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For a relaxing trip, we recommend going to Hakone, one of the best hot spring spots in Japan, located in Kanagawa prefecture. There are direct trains from Shinjuku Station to Hakone Yumoto Station where the onsen resort is.
Yokohama is one of Japan's most famous cities. You can easily spend a whole day here since there are a lot of attractions for visitors, such as the Chinese Town, museums, parks and shopping centers.
Image from The Great Buddha of Kamakura
Kamakura is famous for its historical temples and shrines. In addition to being one of the places that are easily accessible from Tokyo, it is a city where you'll find a an innovative combination of nature, traditional cityscapes, and youthful cultural trends.
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Kawagoe is called Koedo ("Little Edo", Edo being the old name of present-day Tokyo) as there are many old and historical buildings left. This is a popular place to visit in Saitama prefecture and has been designated national historical site.
*1 Koedo: a town which retains the historical atmosphere and buildings of Edo (the name of Tokyo in the Edo period).
7. Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea is a dream world where all generations can have fun. There are various seasonal events going on all year around. It is located in Chiba prefecture. If you leave from Tokyo station, it takes only 15 minutes to get there.
Chichibu is the best place for nature lovers as the city is surrounded by nature. The Chichibu Night Festival held in summer is a gorgeous festival which ranks equally with the famous Gion Festival in Kyoto.
9. Izu Oshima Island
Izu Oshima is Tokyo's closest remote island. Famous for its volcano, Mt. Mihara, excellent hot springs, and beautiful camellias, Oshima will impress you as a highly urbanized island, a place where you can experience the wild beauty of nature while still enjoying the comfort of the metropolis.
10. Mount Takao
Mount Takao is a famous hiking spot located in the Tokyo area. It is about 600 m high and the mountain trails are well maintained. From children to adults, anyone will be able to enojy the climb.
Enjoy Your Day Trips from Tokyo!
We introduced a series of places that are just a few steps away from Tokyo. By visiting them, you will have the chance to experience a completely different atmosphere from that of the city. Please plan your visit so that you get to see as many aspects of Japanese culture as you can.
For other day trip suggestions, take a look at our Greater Tokyo website.