January 27, 2016

7 Great Day Trips from Tokyo

With all the exciting things to see and do in Tokyo, it’s no wonder that it’s a top destination for travelers looking to be mesmerized. You’ll hardly run out of things to do in the city – but Japan is full of amazing sights and sounds just a quick day trip away. With plenty of train and bus connections, tourists can easily plan a day trip to see some of these hidden gems. 

1. Owakudani

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 (Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park / 1 hour 39 minutes from Tokyo)


Owakudani is an area around a crater that was created during the last eruption of Mount Hakone, about 3,000 years ago. This volcanic hot spot full of sulfurous springs, beautiful hiking trails, and a number of steam vents and bubbling pools.


2. Kawaguchiko

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(Fujiyoshida / 1 hour 21 minutes from Tokyo)


Bring your camera to Kawaguchiko – you’ll want to capture views everywhere you look. If you visit in spring, the pink moss field is considered one of the most beautiful views in Japan (pictured with Mt. Fuji in the background).


3. Chureito Pagoda

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(Fujiyoshida / 1 hour 27 minutes from Tokyo)


This famous red shrine is simply 10 minutes away from our previous day trip destination (Kawaguchiko). Built in 1963 as a peace memorial, and sits about 400 steps high on the mountain side. With the view at the top, you’ll realize that every step is worth it!


4. Kegon Falls

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(Nikko / 2 hours 19 minutes from Tokyo)


Named one of Japan’s Most Beautiful Waterfalls, and is almost 100 meters (328 feet) tall. At the base of the falls, there is a 100 meter tall elevator that offers the most expansive and beautiful views of the fall.


5. Odawara Castle

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(Kanagawa Prefecture / 1 hour 12 minutes from Tokyo)


Odawara Castle is a stunning landmark in the Kanagawa Prefecture. Built in 1447, rebuilt in 1633 and again in 1706, this castle has been deemed a National Historic Monument and is currently under renovation until April 2016.


6. Yokohama  

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(Kanagawa Prefecture / 39 minutes from Tokyo)


As Japan’s second largest city with a population of over three million, exploring Yokohama includes traditional Japanese gardens, one of the world’s largest Chinatowns, Kirin Beer Museum, and even an amusement park with an aquarium and rides. No wonder this is one of the most popular day trips from Tokyo!


7. Izu Peninsula

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(Atami / 2 hours 46 minutes from Tokyo)


At the entrance of Izu Peninsula, you will find Atami City – a coastal hot spring resort. There are many onsen (hot springs) to enjoy, as well as beautiful views of the ocean. When you’re done relaxing and soaking, visit Atami Castle – which offers panoramic views over Atami and Sagami Bay.


We know there are many more day trips from Tokyo that are worth seeing. Tell us where you would go in the comment section below or on the I Fly Nonstop Facebook page! 

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