26 Best Day Trips from Tokyo
Best One-Day Tours and Activities from Tokyo
Planning your trip to Tokyo?? Although Tokyo offers countless tourist attractions, the surrounding areas of Tokyo are very much worth visiting. To see and understand the different side of Japan, I highly recommend you to take at least 1 day trip from Tokyo to explore great neighbours. Taking a day trip is also a good idea if you want to escape from the bustling city for relax.
There are many wonderful places that can be easily accessed from Tokyo such as Mt Fuji, Hakone, Kamakura and flower parks. In this article, I’m going to introduce some of the most recommended day trip tours and destinations from Tokyo. So let’s check them out!
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1. Hakone and Mt Fuji: Must-See Classic Route
Mount Fuji and Hakone are two of the most popular destinations for day trips from Tokyo. Needless to say, Mt. Fuji is a symbol of Japan and has many wonderful spots where you can fully enjoy its grandeur. Hakone, one of Japan’s leading hot spring towns, is the perfect place to enjoy the tranquil nature and view of Mt. Fuji.
With the “Mt Fuji and Hakone One Day Trip” tour, you can visit these two spots in one day which might be tough to do by yourself. Enjoy the magnificent view of mount Fuji from several locations, and spend a pleasant time in the beautiful nature in Hakone, all in one day!
This full day tour includes delicious lunch, ropeway cable car into Owakudani Volcanic Valley and pirate ship cruise along the Ashinoko Lake. You’ll also visit the Fifth Station at Mount Fuji and enjoy spectacular views of the landscape below.
2. See Wisteria at Ashikaga City
Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture is one of the best travel destinations in Japan in spring. The famous flower event, Great Wisteria Festival is held annually at the flower theme park, Ashikaga Flower Park, displaying over 350 wisteria trees and other seasonal flowers. The park is also chosen as one of three greatest illumination spots in Japan. The park hosts an annual illumination event during winter, featuring over 5 million colourful LED lights at the vast park of 100,000 square meters.
Ashikaga City is not only about the flower park but the city itself is very attractive and definitely worth spending some time. The city is known as a birth place of the Ashikaga clan, the powerful shogunate that ruled Japan for about 240 years (1333 to 1573). Therefore, the city is home to several important historic monuments including temples and Ashikaga School.
Now it’s about time to explore one of Japan’s best kept secrets. Fukushima Prefecture is situated in the southernmost of Tohoku region and approximately 200 km from Tokyo. Most of people recognizes Fukuoka as the disaster area striken by the terrifying Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and the nuclear accident in 2011, yet now it’s totally safe to visit there and there are so much to offer tourists. Fukushima is the third largest prefecture in Japan and is rich in attractions including historical sites, beautiful nature, local cuisine, traditional crafts and leisure activities.
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To learn and understand the latest situation of Fukushima’s disaster area, it’s highly recommended to join “Fukushima Exclusion Zone Day Tour from Tokyo: Get within 20km of the Nuclear Power Plant” operated by Japan Wonder Travel. The tour allows you to visit the coastal towns of Fukuoka, approx 20km away from the nuclear power plant, witness the impact of the disaster, and reflect on the resilience of the local community. The tour is led by an English/Japanese speaking guide. It leaves from Tokyo Station in the morning and come back in the evening. Click the link below to get more information about this highly rated day trip tour!
4. Chureito Pagoda
Chureito Pagoda is a five storied pagoda located at at Asakura Sengen Shrine in Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture. It’s one of the most picturesque spots in Japan as the breathtaking view of 5 storied red pagoda and Mt Fuji can be captured. With the surrounding nature changing its colours, the different scenery can be enjoyed at the site in each season, for example during cherry blossoms and autumn leaves seasons.
If you wish to visit Chureito Pagoda along with other attractions around Mt Fuji in one day, it’s highly recommended to join a day trip tour so you can save your time and experience the wonderful Mt Fuji! “Mt. Fuji Day Trip from Tokyo Bus Tour” by Japan Wonder Travel is a full-day guided tour that you can enjoy breathtaking views of Mt Fuji from several different spots including Chureito Pagoda. With a smooth and comfortable bus ride, you will be able to see and visit the best highlights of Mt Fuji in one day. The tour also includes lunch with a delicious local specialty!
5. Kiryu City, Gunma
Kiryu is a city located in Gunma Prefecture, lies about 90 km northwest of Tokyo and at the border with Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture. The city of Kiryu is a place with an abundance of nature, having the Watarase river and Kiryu river running within the city. The city is located in the foothills of Nikko and Mount Akagi.
Besides the rich natura, Kiryu City also has a deep history and served important role in past. The city developed during Edo period with the silk textile industry which was originally introduced by Kyoto. By the orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the town of Kiryu-shinmachi was created and because of this, the area developed even more to become a textile city. In 2012, the well-reserved historic buildings of Kiryu was designated to “Important Traditional Buildings Preservation District” in Kanto area and became a main tourist interest today.
6. Kamakura and Enoshima: Explore the Historical Coastal Town
Kamakura is a beautiful historic city in the south coast of Kanagawa Prefecture. It’s a popular side trip destination where you can access within 1 hour from Tokyo. Kamakura is often called the East of Kyoto as there are numbers of historic monuments in the town.
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Through the “Kamakura and Enoshima Day Tour from Tokyo” tour, you can learn about Kamakura’s rich history as you explore the town and its historical monuments such as temples and shrines with an English-speaking guide. The tour also includes a visit to the touristic island, Enoshima where you might capture the stunning sunset overlooking the peaceful waters of Shonan in the end of the tour.
7. Hitachi Seaside Park
Hitachi Seaside Park is one of the best places to visit in Japan to enjoy seasonal flowers. The vast 350 ha flower field is filled with blue nemophila flowers while the kochia turns the field burning red in autumn.
With the “Hitachi National Seaside Park and Ashikaga Flower Park or Mito Kairakuen Park Trip from Tokyo”, you can immerse yourself in blooming flowers at Hitachi National Seaside Park and visit several spots for fun seasonal experiences. The tour will also stop at Mito Kairakuen Park (one of three greatest Japanese gardens), Ashikaga Flower Park (famous for wisteria) or an orchard for fruit picking depending on the time of the year. This full-day bus tour includes all-you-can-eat and drink lunch and transportation from Tokyo.
8. Cruise around Yokohama with Food
The capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama can be accessed within 30 mins from central Tokyo by train . Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan and offers countless entertainments that visitors would never get bored of. One of the best attractions of Yokohama is its beautiful bay area with stunning waterfront buildings.
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The “Yokohama Marine Rouge / Sea Bass Cruise” offers you an exciting cruise trip away from the hustle and bustle of the city. As you cruise around Yokohama Bay, you will capture the astonishing view of Yokohama and some landmarks such as Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris Wheel and the Bay Bridge. There are two types of cruise available; Marine Rouge the luxury lunch/dinner cruise or Sea Bass the sightseeing cruise.
9. Fuji Q Highland
Play hard all day at the craziest amusement park in Japan! Fuji Q Highland offers several world’s record-breaking roller coasters and scary rides ! It’s a perfect place to visit for adrenaline seekers 🙂
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Don’t worry, Fuji Q Highland also has many attractions that kids also can enjoy including the character themed area and non scary rides. Moreover, the park is located at the foot of Mt Fuji, so visitors can enjoy the magnificent view of the mountain while enjoying the attractions!
10. Yamanashi: Mt Fuji and Fruit Picking
Yamanashi Prefecture is home to Mt Fuji and there are numbers of attractions that you can enjoy the stunning view of the mountain. Yamanashi is famous for the production of wide variety of fruits and at some orchards, visitors can enjoy fruit picking during the harvest season.
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The “Oishi Park & Mt. Fuji One Day Tour with Fruit Picking from Tokyo” is a full-day tour which you can fully enjoy Mt Fuji including a visit to Oishi Park near Lake Kawaguchi and Mt Fuji 5th Station, and a panoramic ropeway ride. The tour also includes fruit picking in an orchard in Yamanashi where you can enjoy seasonal fruits as much as you like!
11. Kawagoe: Time Travel to Edo Period
Kawagoe is a city in Saitama Prefecture, which can be accessed from the central Tokyo in about 30 mins by train. Kawagoe is an old castle town from Edo Period and known for its old clay buildings called Kurazukuri. At the Warehouse District (Kurazukuri no Machinami), visitors can enjoy the charming and nostalgic townscape including well-preserved warehouse buildings and the Bell Tower (Toki no Kane) the landmark of Kawagoe. There is also a Kashiya Yokocho (Candy Alley) is a small street lined with traditional Japanese sweet shops. At this Little Edo town, you can enjoy shopping and eat-out while immering yourself into the historical site and the nostalgic atmosphere!
12. Atami: Charming Seaside Onsen Town
Atami is a hot spring town located by the coast of Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture. It’s been one of the most popular Onsen getaways from Tokyo for a couple of decades. Atami can be reached within one hour from Tokyo by Shinkansen (bullet train) or also by Tokaido Line which takes around 100–120 mins.
There are numbers of Onsen facilities and authentic Japanese style Ryokan gathered within the town as well as numbers of tourist attractions such as the beach, Atami Castle, museums, restaurants and souvenir shops.
13. Tokyo Disney Resort
Tokyo Disney Resort consists of two world’s greatest Walt Disney amusement parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. In addition, there are also shopping malls and hotels within this resort complex. Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are simply a dream destination for Disney lovers and where you can escape from a daily life to have a magical experience.
Although the name suggests “Tokyo”, the parks are located in Urayasu City, Chiba Prefecture which is just outside of Tokyo. Both parks offers numbers of fun themed attractions as well as the Disney character merchandise collections which are hugely popular among visitors.
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14. Sanrio Puroland
If Disney characters are not for you, then how about Sanrio characters?? Sanrio is a Japanese company that produces numbers of beloved characters such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Gudetama, Cinnamoroll, Pompompurin and more, and these characters are popular around the world.
Sanrio Puroland, a.k.a. Hello Kitty Themed Park is a Sanrio character themed park featuring Sanrio character themed attractions, shows, restaurants and special merchandise collections that Sanrio fans shouldn’t miss.
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The park is located in Tama City in the outskirts of Tokyo, and the nearest train station is Keio Tama Center Station (Keio Line) which can be accessed in 20 mins from Shinjuku Station.
15. Nikko Cultural Day Tour from Tokyo
Nikko is a small, beautiful city in Tochigi Prefecture. It’s known for Nikko Toshogu Shrine, one of the most important and commendable historic sites in Japan. If you are interested in Japanese history, this is one of the must-visit spots around Tokyo.
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Besides the UNESCO World Heritage historical sites, Nikko has beautiful nature spots such as Kegon Waterfall and Lake Chuzenji which are especially popular during the autumn leaves season when the surrounding mountain are tinted by warm colours. With this day-trip bus tour “Nikko Cultural Day Tour from Tokyo”, you can visit famous historical and nature attractions of Nikko in one day!
16. Doraemon Museum
Fujiko·F·Fujio Museum a.k.a. Draemon Museum is dedicated to one of the greatest manga writer in the history, Fujiko F Fujio. Fujiko F Fujio is the creater of Doraemon and many other well known characters, and he has inspired many manga artists around the world for decades.
The exhibition includes numbers of treasure pieces of work of Fujiko (mainly Doraemon) and his original artworks, sketches and short films. English guidance is available at the museum. Fujiko·F·Fujio Museum is located in Kawasaki City, which can be accessed within 20 mins from central Tokyo, and it’s convenient even for a half-day trip.
The museum can be entered only with an advance reservation, so make sure to purchase tickets in beforehand.
17. Kusatsu Onsen: Authentic Onsen Experience
Japan has quite a few Onsen towns across the country with great quality hot spring water and resort facilities. Kusatsu in Gunma prefecture is one of the most popular Onsen towns in Japan, and can be accessed from Tokyo within a few hours.
The famous landmark of the town, Yubatake (means “Hot Water field”) is the main source of hot spring water of Kusatsu a popular photo spot among visitors. A huge amount of steam rising up from Yubatake creates an amazing scenery with the old-fashioned townscape of Kusatsu. If you wish to have authentic Onsen experience around Tokyo, Kusatsu would be the right place to go.
18. Mt Takao Climbing
Mt Takao is the most accessible hiking spot from the city center. The 600m-high mountain is located in the outskirt of Tokyo and attracts over 2.5 million visitors yearly.
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Mt Takao is not too difficult to climb even for beginners. (you’ll see many children and elderly people climbing there!) There is also a cable car that takes you to the top of the mountain with scenic view. Enjoy walking through the pleasant nature and the glorious view from the top of the mountain. You may have a chance to see Mt Fuji is the visibility is good!
19. Yokosuka: the Port City with an Unique Atmosphere
Yokosuka is a port city in Kanagawa Prefecture, situated on Miura Peninsula bordered by Tokyo Bay and Sagami Bay. Being a site for the US navy base, the city has an unique and exotic atmosphere with a mix of Japanese and American cultures.
The main shopping street is called Dobuita-Dori which is lined with numbers of American style bars, restaurants and shops. You can also find a wide variety of Suka Jan (Japanese souvenir jacket) which was originated in Yokosuka City. Yokosuka is also a great city to taste local seafood. The coastal city offers an abundance of seafood and there are many eateries offering delicious fresh seafood dishes.
20. Shizuoka Tea Farm Tour with Factory Visit and Tea Tasting
Shizuoka is Japan’s largest green tea producing area and there are a lot of tea plantations. Visit the beautiful tea farm and have fresh tea tasting several types of Japanese tea! You can enjoy strolling around a tea farm in the mountains of Shizuoka, with stunning views of mountain ranges.
21. Odawara Castle Town Food Tour and Geisha Kaiseki Dinner
If you are into Japanese culture and history and fascinated by Samurai, Ninja and Geisha, then this tour is highly recommended! You can have full-day cultural experience with this tour including an entrance of Odawara Castle, taste traditional local food, samurai costume and the exclusive kaiseki dinner with beautiful geisha performance.
22. Northern Nagano: Meet the Snow Monkeys
Visit Nagano Prefecture and meet the famous cheeky snow monkeys at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park! The bathing snow monkeys are one of the most unique sights you can see in Japan and must be on everyone’s bucket list.
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The “Snow Monkey Tour from Tokyo with Beef Sukiyaki Lunch ” is a one day tour that features amazing highlights in northern Nagano prefecture. You can enjoy a scenic and comfortable bus ride, indulge in a delicious and authentic Japanese sukiyaki lunch then meet adorable monkeys at Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano Prefecture.
23. Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Onsen is one of the top attractions in Japan, but many foreign tourists are worried about being naked in front of others in public bath. Moreover, onsens are usually separated by men and women, so they can not enjoy together with their opposite gender partner, family or friends.
At this massive Onsen spa resort, Yunessun, guests can enjoy a variety of onsen baths with their swimwear on (there are also naked zone, too). The swimwear zone is mixed-gender so couples, families and groups can enjoy bathing together. There are over 25 kinds of indoor and outdoor hot spring baths from traditional Japanese baths to unique ones such as sake, wine, coffee and green tea.
24. Sarushima Island
Sarushima a.k.a. the Monkey Island is a small uninhibited island situated off Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture. It’s one of the most accessible remote islands from the greater Tokyo, and can be accessed by a 10-minute boat ride from Mikasa Pier.
Sarushima is the only natural island on Tokyo Bay, offering unique and interesting tourist attractions such as fortress ruins, the stunning sandy beaches and rich nature. The island also has a deep history as it used to serve as an artillery battery by the Tokugawa shogunate during the Edo period, and a part of the Yokosuka Navy Yard after the Meiji Restoration. The island was once abandoned, but it is open for public since 1995, and became a popular tourist destination.
25. Nomizo Falls: Photo-Worthy Nature Beauty
Nomizo Falls (also known as Kameiwa Cave) is a scenic nature spot located within Shimizu Keiryu Park in Kimitsu City, Chiba Prefecture. The astonishing scenery of the arch cave and the waterfall went sensationally viral on social media in recent years, and became a favourite spot for photographers. This waterfall and cave are so magical and fairytale-like as if they came from the world of Studio Ghibli films.
26. Hot Air Balloon in Saitama
What an incredible way to watch the sunrise! Enjoy the sky trip by the hot air balloon and see the gorgeous view of the rural area just outside of Tokyo. In order to see the sunrise, the activity is held only early morning from 4am to 6am depending on the season.
Meeting Point: Saitama Prefecture
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