Day trips from Tokyo
If you’ve already completed Tokyo’s top attractions like the teamLAB borderless museum, Street Karting along Akihabara and of course every animation fan favourite, the Studio Ghibli Museum, a day trip out of the city is next on the list!
We all know Japan’s public transportation can be pretty confusing if you’re not a native speaker, especially in the outskirts of the city. But that shouldn’t stop you from exploring the beauty of the countryside. A day tour is the perfect solution, with round trip transportation and a local guide.
Here are 10 day tours from Tokyo to check out!
1. Mt Fuji
When you think of iconic Japan landscapes, what comes to mind almost immediately is the majestic Mount Fuji! A day tour out from Tokyo will take you through the best of the Fuji area starting with a visit to Lake Kawaguchi, one of the BEST Fuji viewing spots.
After which, head to Oshino Hakkai, a collection of 8 ponds that formed from the melted ice from Mount Fuji. Visit in autumn and you’ll be greeted with a beautiful maple corridor!
End your day with a visit to the Gotemba Outlets where you can do some quick shopping! With over 200 stores, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Another way to check out Mount Fuji is on board a pirate ship along Lake Ashinoko! Cruise along the calm waters and take in the scenic views of vast green landscapes all around.
Afterwhich, head up 2400 ft on a ropeway and enjoy the views of Fuji from above a sea of clouds. With roundtrip transfers included from Tokyo, sit back,relax and get ready to enjoy the views!
Your Japanese winter adventure is not complete without the following – crab, snow and strawberries! On this day trip out of Tokyo, start off your day with a visit to the Tambara Ski Park where you’ll get to sled and slide around fresh snow. The little ones will not want to leave.
Refuel after all that playtime in the snow with an ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT snow crab and deep water shrimp buffet.
Complete your meal with a visit to the Harada Farm where you can pick fresh strawberries and eat them too.
Enjoy the beauty of blooming flowers at the Hitachi National Seaside Park as you stroll through fields of Nanohana flowers, tulips, nemophilas and cosmos. If that’s not enough, you can stroll through one of Japan’s most famous gardens – Mito Kairakuen Park, an ancient Japanese garden.
Enjoy a hearty all you can eat lunch before going off to pick fresh chestnuts and pears at Ibaraki’s orchard which you can even take them home as Omiyage (edible souvenirs).
Pick some fresh juicy strawberries to kickstart your morning with a burst of sweetness. There are even mushrooms which you can pick and take home.
ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT crab! Yes you heard us right, enjoy the sweet succulent crab meat cooked in various ways. Boiled, breaded, grilled and more, pair your snow crabs with some vegetables and desserts for a complete meal.
Ever wondered how tofu skin is made? Experience tofu skin scooping for yourself at Machida-ya and learn the traditional methods of this Japanese culinary art.
Things are about to get lit, end off your night with a big bang at the Ashikaga Flower Park. Catch the spectacular light show consisting of approximately 3 million light bulbs.
6. Yokohama, Kamakura, Enoshima
Head south for a day and explore the calming cityside of Kamakura. Stop by the iconic Kamakura Buddha and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine before heading to the charming offshore island Enoshima.
End off your day with a visit to the 100 year old Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, now home to eccentric shops and restaurants that you can pick up cute souvenirs from!
Nikko is widely known as the parting of the local Romantic Road, filled with world heritage sites nestled between lush forests. Visit the majestic Kegon Falls, one of Japan’s 3 most beautiful waterfalls and be awed.
Toshogu Shrine – the country’s most decorated shrine and mausoleum houses the remains of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the distinguished founder of the Tokugawa shogunate that ruled Japan for over 2 centuries. This is one UNESCO World Heritage site not to be missed.
Snow capped alps are just one of the must see things when you head up north. The Kamikochi scenic area is composed of the rocky mountains of Hotakadake, the clear streams of the Azusa River, and the lush riverside forests.
Visit the Chubu Sangaku National Park and stroll across the Kappa Bridge, built over the crystal clear Azusa River. Take a leisurely hike along the Azusa River from Taisho Pon to Myojin Bridge to fully enjoy the views. Don’t worry, the terrain is mostly flat, and requires no expert hiking experience. You might even spot wild macaque monkeys along the way.
Located just 2 hours away from Tokyo, Kiyosato Highland Park is best known for its rolling hills and scenic views of the surrounding mountains. Pick some freshly grown fruit from the Yamanashi Fruit Farm and even take home the yummiest grapes and peaches.
Head to the Herb Garden Travel Diary where you can stroll through beautiful flower fields before settling down for an all-you-can-eat shabu shabu buffet!
You’ve seen it on the hit reality series Terrace House, it’s now time to visit Karuizawa for yourself! Visit the picturesque Kumoba Pond, go shopping at the Mitsui Outlet Park before taking a hike at the beautiful Shiraito Falls.
You’ll even drop by the town of Kyu-Karuizawa, a charming romantic shopping street with eclectic trinkets and delicious food stalls!
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