22 Best Day Trips from Tokyo
Best One-Day Tours and Activities from Tokyo
Planning your trip to Tokyo?? Make sure to take 1 or 2 day trips from Tokyo to explore great neighbours! There are numbers of amazing places you can reach within 2 hours from Tokyo. Mt Fuji viewing, Hakone Onsen, nature activities.. here are some of the most recommended day trip tours and activities from Tokyo!
1. Hakone and Mt Fuji: Must-See Classic Route
Hakone and Mt Fuji are two most popular day trip destinations from Tokyo. With this bus tour, you can visit these two spots in one day which might be tough to do by yourself.
Enjoy watching the magnificent mount Fuji from several view spots, and spend a pleasant time in the beautiful nature in Hakone, all in one day! This full day tour includes delicious lunch, rope-way at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park, the pirate ship cruise on Lake Ashi and round-trip transportation from the central area of Tokyo with an option of return trip with bus or Shinkansen.
2. See Wisteria at Ashikaga City
Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture is one of the best travel destinations in Japan in spring. The famous flower event, Great Wisteria Festival is held annually at the flower theme park, Ashikaga Flower Park, displaying over 350 wisteria trees and other seasonal flowers. The park is also chosen as one of three greatest illumination spots in Japan. The park hosts an annual illumination event during winter, featuring over 5 million colourful LED lights at the vast park of 100,000 square meters.
Ashikaga City is not only about the flower park but the city itself is very attractive and definitely worth spending some time. The city is known as a birth place of the Ashikaga clan, the powerful shogunate that ruled Japan for about 240 years (1333 to 1573). Therefore, the city is home to several important historic monuments including temples and Ashikaga School.
3. Kiryu City, Gunma
Kiryu is a city located in Gunma Prefecture, lies about 90 km northwest of Tokyo and at the border with Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture. The city of Kiryu is a place with an abundance of nature, having the Watarase river and Kiryu river running within the city. The city is located in the foothills of Nikko and Mount Akagi.
Besides the rich nature, Kiryu City also has a deep history and served important role in past. The city developed during Edo period with the silk textile industry which was originally introduced by Kyoto. By the orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the town of Kiryu-shinmachi was created and because of this, the area developed even more to become a textile city. In 2012, the well-reserved historic buildings of Kiryu was designated to “Important Traditional Buildings Preservation District” in Kanto area and became a main tourist interest today.
4. Kamakura and Enoshima: Explore the Historical Neighbour
Kamakura is a beautiful historic city in the south coast of Kanagawa Prefecture. It’s a popular side trip destination where you can access within 1 hour from Tokyo. Kamakura is often called the East of Kyoto as there are numbers of historic monuments in the town.
Through the tour, you can explore Kamakura’s beautiful historical temples and shrines with an English speaking guide, and learn the rich history of Kamakura. The tour also includes a visit to the touristic island, Enoshima which offers various attractions such as Shinto shrine, park, observation tower and caves. You can also see the Mt. Fuji if the weather is not cloudy!
5. Yokohama Sankeien Garden Culture Tour
Sankeien Garden is a traditional Japanese garden located in southern Yokohama City. The vast garden of 17.5 ha consists of ponds, streams, historical building that have been brought from all over Japan including Kyoto and Kamakura, and the beautiful nature displaying amazing scenery in each season. Sankeien Garden is an especially popular spot for cherry blossoms and autumn leaves season.
A walking tour with an English-speaking guide is available at Sankeien Garden which you can learn about the unique stories behind these buildings and relax in the pleasant nature. Japanese cultural activities are available at the garden optionally including tea ceremony and traditional Japanese cuisine lunch. Sankeien Garden usually offers guided tours for group tourists, but Voyagin specially offers this tour for individual travelers to better suit each individual’s interests.