Area of Japan - The Best Day Trips From Tokyo

Tokyo has one of the world's most extensive urban rail networks, so rather than just stick to the busy city center, why not make the most of your trip by venturing out to explore Tokyo's surroundings? In this feature of our Area of Japan series, we're diving into some of our favorite locations in the Greater Tokyo Area (made up of the prefectures of Chiba, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Saitama, Tochigi, and Yamanashi) and just outside it. You can get to all of these areas in just an hour or two by public transport, so they're perfect for day trips! Rich history and culture, old-time streetscapes, and lush nature await.


Tokyo One-Day Bus Tour: Mt. Fuji Views, Gotemba Shopping, and a Hakone Pirate Ship Cruise From Shinjuku!

Join us on a one-day bus tour from Shinjuku, Tokyo, to explore popular destinations like Oshino Hakkai in Yamanashi, Gotemba in Shizuoka, and Hakone Owakudani in Kanagawa, all while gazing at Mt. Fuji from a bunch of spectacular angles. This bus tour let us get around without having to worry about public transport, and we even finished the day riding on the famous Hakone Pirate Ship at Lake Ashi!


Lu - Taiwan

From Taipei, but now living in Tokyo. Deep into otaku subculture, and making the most of life and travel in Japan.


Enjoy the Charms of Nikko in One Day! A Day-Trip Plan With Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Yuba Cuisine, and More

Nikko, located in the northwest of Tochigi Prefecture, is a popular tourist destination reachable in less than 2 hours by train from Asakusa, Tokyo. Surrounded by mountains, this lively town flaunts limitless beauty, and is home to a bunch of historical gems and majestic World Heritage Sites like Nikko Toshogu and the Shinkyo Bridge, along with delicious local food such as yuba tofu. With so much on offer, Nikko is the ultimate day-trip destination from Tokyo.


Pan - Taiwan

Born in Tainan. Loves food and handicrafts.


Sawara: The Edo-Period River Town Close To Tokyo and Narita Airport

Located in northeastern Chiba Prefecture, Sawara is an Edo-period river town with charming retro scenery that is just under two hours from Tokyo and Narita International Airport. A true hidden gem, Sawara allows visitors to experience the spirit and beauty of traditional Japan without having to worry about the crowds! Join us on a day trip to Sawara in a gorgeous kimono and wander through perfectly preserved historical buildingsーon foot or by boatーas you savor local delicacies and immerse yourself in scenes reminiscent of old-time Japan!

Stefania Sabia

Stefania Sabia - Italy

I am a resident of Tokyo and a lover of retro aesthetics, hidden spots, and traditional Japan. Since childhood, I have always admired Japanese culture, and after coming to Japan, I made it my mission to explore the country and showcase its beauty on Instagram.


Only 1 Hour From Tokyo! Enjoy Traditional Japanese Scenery at the Coastal Town of Kamakura

Only a short train ride from Tokyo is the charming coastal city of Kamakura, filled with retro townscapes and traditional atmospheres. There is something for everyone here, from beautiful scenery to iconic sightseeing spots and delightful local cuisine. Follow us through Kamakura as we head over for a day trip to enjoy a break from the busyness of Tokyo!


Kim - United States

I am a lover of Japanese coffee culture living in Tokyo. On my days off, I enjoy visiting cafes while seeking out traditional, retro hidden gems.

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