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Destinations teeming with history, culture, nightlife, and natural beauty are all within a couple hours. No need to rent a car; you can reach any of these destinations by train, and once you arrive, tourist information offices can point you to local buses, taxis and walking routes. A variety of seasonal views makes all of these day trips worth taking at any time of year.

Day Trips from Tokyo


In the foothills of Mt. Fuji, Hakone is a classic destination for Tokyoites. The standard loop takes you on different forms of transportation (switchback train, cable car, pirate ship) through hot springs, lakes and forests, and if the weather holds the mountain looks breathtaking.

70 miles west from Tokyo,
Tags: family | outdoors | day trip


Japan’s capital in the 12th and 13th centuries is a trove of ancient temples and shrines. It’s also hub of the Shonan coast and the region’s beach and surf culture.

28 miles southwest from Tokyo,
Tags: beach | culture | architecture | history | day trip


Got some time to kill on your way to or from your flight? This town, a quick train ride from Japan’s main international airport, is a microcosm of great things about this country. Stroll the main street, Omote-Sando, past colorful souvenir and sushi shops to the grand, historic Shinsho-ji temple.

42 miles east from Tokyo,
Tags: family | culture | architecture | day trip


The magnificent Toshogu Shrine, built in memory of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, is the most striking attraction in this mountainous region that flows with rivers and is lined with hiking paths through forests, mountains and marshes. Note: can be crowded during autumn foliage season.

65 miles north from Tokyo,
Tags: editor pick | culture | architecture | day trip


This bustling port city, a popular date spot for Tokyoites, has a vibrant street scene (especially around the new Minato Mirai 21 district) and is a great place to experience early western influence in Japan. There’s also a busy Chinatown.

17 miles south from Tokyo,
Tags: dining | history | day trip

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