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The best day trips from Tokyo




Japan's extensive and efficient bullet train network, known as the Shinkansen, allows us to visit many amazing places on day trips from Tokyo.


Find below the best day trips from Tokyo with a journey duration by train.




Buddha

Kamakura


Approx. 55 minutes, direct train


Nestled along Kanagawa's coast, Kamakura captivates with ancient temples, including the iconic Great Buddha, and serene Enoshima Island. Rich in history and natural beauty, it beckons travellers seeking a tranquil escape just south of Tokyo.





Hitachi

Hitachi Seaside Park


Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes


Home to the Hitachi Seaside Park and innovative Hitachi City Museum, it offers a delightful blend of nature and culture, beckoning visitors to explore its wonders.










Waterfall

Nikko


Approx. 1 hour 50 minutes, direct train.


In the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture, Nikko captivates visitors with its serene beauty and rich cultural heritage. Home to UNESCO World Heritage sites like Toshogu Shrine and the picturesque Lake Chuzenji, Nikko offers a tranquil retreat amidst lush forests and majestic waterfalls. With its stunning scenery and historic temples, Nikko beckons travellers to immerse themselves in Japan's natural splendour and timeless traditions.





Hakone

Hakone


Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes, direct train.



Famous for its hot springs, or onsens, Hakone boasts therapeutic baths with

stunning views of Mount Fuji. Travellers can explore the Hakone Open-Air Museum, showcasing contemporary art amidst lush landscapes, or embark on a scenic cruise across Lake Ashi. With its traditional ryokan inns, mountainous trails, and iconic red Torii gate of Hakone Shrine, Hakone promises a rejuvenating retreat steeped in natural beauty and cultural richness.



Fuji san

Arakurayma Sengen Park


Approx. 2 hours 30 minutes


Arakurayama Sengen Park, located in Fujiyoshida City, Japan, offers breathtaking views of Mount Fuji and vibrant cherry blossoms in spring. The park's iconic Chureito Pagoda stands majestically against the backdrop of Japan's highest peak, creating a scene of unparalleled beauty. Visitors flock here to capture the perfect snapshot of Mount Fuji framed by cherry blossoms, making Arakurayama Sengen Park a must-visit destination for nature lovers and photographers alike.





Yokohama

Yokohama


Approx. 30 minutes, direct train.


Japan's second-largest city, combines modernity with history, offering visitors a diverse and dynamic experience. From its iconic waterfront Minato Mirai district, boasting skyscrapers and entertainment complexes, to the tranquil beauty of Sankeien Garden, Yokohama offers something for everyone. Explore its bustling Chinatown, visit historic landmarks like Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, or simply savour its vibrant culinary scene. Yokohama invites exploration and discovery at every turn.



Snow monkeys

Nagano


Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes, direct train.


Nestled in central Japan's Chubu region, offers a blend of natural beauty and cultural treasures. Renowned for hosting the 1998 Winter Olympics, it boasts world-class ski resorts like Hakuba and hot springs like Shibu Onsen. Visitors can explore the historic Zenko-ji Temple, surrounded by quaint streets, or venture into the Japanese Alps for hiking and outdoor adventures and meet snow monkeys at Jigokudanii Monkey Park. Nagano promises a memorable experience for all.





Atami

Atami


Approx. 1 hour, direct train.


A coastal resort town in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, invites visitors with its soothing hot springs and stunning ocean views. Famous for its abundant onsen (hot spring) resorts and picturesque beaches, Atami provides a perfect escape for relaxation and rejuvenation. With a rich history dating back to the Edo period, Atami blends traditional charm with modern amenities, ensuring a memorable experience for all who visit.




Kawagoe

Kawagoe


Approx. 1 hour, direct train.


Known as "Little Edo," transports visitors back in time with its well-preserved Edo-era architecture and charming streets. Located just a short train ride from Tokyo, this historic city offers a glimpse into Japan's past with its traditional merchant houses, ancient temples, and bustling Kurazukuri Zone. Explore the quaint alleyways, savour local snacks, and experience the timeless allure of Kawagoe.










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