Top 10 Day Trips From Tokyo You Must Include In Your Japan Tour

OT Staff


Once the political capital of Japan, Kamakura boasts beautiful temples, shrines, and a bustling beach. A perfect blend of history and nature awaits you here. Explore the iconic Great Buddha statue and enjoy the coastal charm.

The Great Amida Buddha is the famous landmark in Kamakura | Shutterstock


This magnificent port city offers unique souvenirs at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse and delicious cuisine in Japan’s largest Chinatown. Stroll along the waterfront, visit the Landmark Tower, and take in the stunning views of the bay.

The famous Chinatown in Yokohama | Shutterstock

Hitachi Seaside Park

Visit from mid-April to early May to witness the stunning blue nemophila flowers in full bloom. The park’s immaculate gardens are a treat year-round. Don’t miss the cycling trails and the Ferris wheel with panoramic views.

Nemophila field in Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan | Shutterstock

Arakurayama Sengen Park

Capture the iconic Japan scene with Mt. Fuji, a pagoda, and cherry blossoms near Lake Kawaguchi in Yamanashi Prefecture. Explore the nearby Chureito Pagoda and soak in the breathtaking vistas.

Cherry blossom at Chureito Pagoda in Arakurayama Sengen Park | Shutterstock


Just 1.5 hours from Tokyo, immerse yourself in nature with boat rides on Nagatoro River or explore breathtaking fields of pink mountain phlox (shibazakura). Discover Mitsumine Shrine and the scenic Mitsumine Sky Bridge.

A view of the old Chichibu Bridge | Shutterstock


Escape the city’s hustle and bustle with scenic mountain views and relaxing onsen hot springs. Don’t miss the autumn foliage here. Take a boat cruise on Lake Ashi and ride the Hakone Ropeway for stunning vistas.

Torii of Hakone Shrine at Lake Ashi | Shutterstock


A small city in the mountains, Nikko boasts several UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Nikko Toshogu Shrine is a must-visit. Explore Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Falls, and the picturesque Shinkyo Bridge.

A view of the Nikko Toshogu Shrine | Shutterstock

Fuji-Q Highland

Located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, this amusement park offers thrilling roller coasters and family-friendly attractions. Experience the adrenaline rush on the Fujiyama roller coaster and enjoy views of the iconic mountain.

A view of the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park | Shutterstock

Mt. Nokogiri Hiking

Experience refreshing hiking near Tokyo with convenient access and visit a famous jagged cliff lookout point. Climb to the Nihon-ji Temple and be in awe of the giant Buddha statue carved into the rock face.

Inside the Nihon-ji Temple at Mt. Nokogiri | Shutterstock


Less than an hour away, stroll through “Little Edo” streets lined with historical buildings, local foods, and seasonal festivals. Visit the Kawagoe Bell Tower and try sweet potato treats at Candy Alley.

Sakura petals covering Shingashi River, Kawagoe | Shutterstock

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