5 Amazing Places You Can Do 1 Day Trip from Tokyo
Best side trip destinations from Tokyo!
1. Historical experience in Kamakura
A.k.a. the “Kyoto of East”, Kamakura (鎌倉) city is located in Kanagawa prefecture and it takes less than one hour from the central area of Tokyo. As the city used to be the capital of Japan in medieval age, there are numbers of beautiful historical sites, temples and shrines still remain.
Access to Kamakura station:
JR Yokosuka Line from Tokyo/Shinagawa station (1 hour)
JR Shonan Shinjuku Line from Shinjuku station (1 hour)
2. Kingdom of Onsen, Kusatsu
Kusatsu (草津) is №1 Onsen town in East Japan and it is possible to visit even for a day from Tokyo. The town is truly gifted with Onsen resorces with high amount and quality of spring water and it’s often said to cure every illness but love-sickness. Pick your favourite bath and walk around the pretty and nostalgic town center with Onsen steam.
Access to Kusatsu:
Direct Express Bus available from Shinjuku station (3 hours)
3. Be a time traveller of Edo period in Kawagoe
Kawagoe (川越) city is located in Saitama prefecture and only 30mins away from the central Tokyo. The main street of the city retains historical old town view from Edo period As it was an important city to the capital for trade and strategic purposes. It’s often called “Little Edo” and spells magic on every visitors as they slip back to hundreds years ago.
Access to Kawagoe station:
Tobu Tojo Line from Ikebukuro station (30 mins)
JR Kawagoe Line from Shinjuku station (60 mins )
4. Witness the largest stone Buddha in Boso Peninsula
Mount Nokogiriyama (鋸山) is a 330-meter tall mountain in Boso Peninsula, Chiba prefecture. It’s home to the largest stone Buddha(31 m) in Japan located towards the summit. The mountain has rope-way service to the top with amazing panoramic view of the peninsula or great hiking trail in nature. And there is also a scary peek point on the cliff called “Jigoku Nozoki” (Hell Lookout).
Access to Mt.Nokogiri:
JR Uchibo Line to Hamakanaya station and walk 10 mins to the rope-way station.
5. The best scenery in Japan, Chureito Pagoda
If anybody seeks for the best scenery or most photogenic spot in Japan, without hesitation, I’d highly recommend this place. Chureito Pagoda is in a site of Arakura Sengen Shrine, Fujiyoshida city, Yamanashi prefecture. The site offers the incredible view of the 5 storied red pagoda and Mt. Fuji behind.
Access to Chureito Pagoda:
10 mins walk from Shimo-Yoshida Station, Fujikyu Railway Line (10mins from Lake Kawaguchi)
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