This article introduces you to the 15 BEST day trips from Tokyo.
Are you planning to visit Tokyo this spring? If so, you are at the perfect place! Tokyo is one of the most exciting cities to explore, but people tend to forget about Tokyo’s many different neighborhoods… There are actually lots of cultural and historical gems to explore around Tokyo!
As I am Japanese, I know a lot of incredible sights, especially for spring! Since Tokyo is well organized for transportation, there are numerous perfect day trip destinations around the area. Here are the BEST day trips from Tokyo, which are all less than 2 hours away! I will introduce you to what to see and how to get to each destination.
Hitachi Seaside Park
Hitachi Seaside Park probably offers the best flower fields in Japan, and it is only one hour northeast of Tokyo by train. Although there are many different kinds of flowers and grasses throughout the four seasons, the most popular ones are nemophila and kochia. If you want to see the field of nemophila (the beautiful blue flowers on the photo), you should visit between the middle of April and the beginning of May.
To access to Hitachi Seaside Park, I recommend you take a train from Tokyo. From any central Tokyo station (Tokyo, Shinagawa, or Ueno Station), take JR Joban line to Katsuta Station. It takes about 85 minutes by an express train, and the price will be 3,800 yen. If you are not in a hurry, take a local train, which takes 2 hours and costs 2,270 yen. Once you are at Katsua station, take a local bus (Ibaraki Kotsu Bus) at East gate No. 2. It usually takes 15 minutes – 20 minutes and the price will be 400 yen per person.
Ashikaga Flower Park
Ashikaga Flower Park is located 1.5 to 2 hours away from Tokyo, and it is famous for its beautiful wisteria. There are more than 350 wisterias during the spring, and the most famous displays are the 80m wisteria tunnels, which visitors can walk through the colorful flowers. The best time to see wisterias is between the mid-April and the mid-May.
The easiest way to access Ashikaga Flower Park from Tokyo is to take a bullet train. First you will take a Tohoku bullet train and get off at Koyama Station (the 2nd station). Once you are at Koyama Station, you will take JR Ryomo Line to get off at Ashikaga Flower Park (the 6th station). The price is 3,990 yen per way, and it will take 1 hour 40 minutes.
Fuji Shibazakura Festival
Maybe you have never heard of shibazakura, but it’s definitely worth seeing it especially if you are in Japan in spring! Fuji Shibazakura Festival is famous for approximately 800,000 stalks of shibazakura (Pink Moss) with Mount Fuji in the backdrop. Shibazakura makes the whole field such a delightful pink color, and the color contrast of Mount Fuji is just breathtaking. The best season to visit Fuji Shibazakura Festival is always between mid-April and late-May. For more, check out here.
If you decide to visit there, I recommend you also check out its food fiesta called Mt Fuji Gourmet! They sell different kinds of local food, such as yakisoba, udon, croquettes, dumplings, tempura, pork buns, etc. They also sell different kinds of traditional sweets, so you can’t miss it!
Fuji Shibazakura Fest is held at Fuji Motosuko Resort, which is just an easy day trip from Tokyo. The easiest way to visit is to take a special highway bus called “Chuo Highway Bus” at Shinjuku Station. It will take you directly from Shinjuku to Shibazakura Fest and it’s going to take 1 hour and 50 minutes to get there!
Hakone is famous for its Onsen and amazing views of Mount Fuji, and it is one of the most popular destinations among Japanese people who are looking for a break from the urban city. Plus, it is only an hour hour away from Tokyo so it is a perfect destination for a day trip. Other than hot springs, Hakone offers great spots to visit, such as Hakone Shrine and Odakyu Yamano Hotel.
Hakone Shrine is located at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi. Hakone shrine is especially famous for its huge torii gates, standing peacefully in the lake.
Odakyu Yamano Hotel is just 10 minutes walk from Hakone Shrine. It is famous for 30 varieties of azaleas in the garden, and you can access the garden even if you don’t stay at the hotel. The best month to see azaleas is May.
The easiest way to get to Hakone is to take an express train called “Romancecar” from Shinjuku. The price is 2,080 yen (1,190 yen fare plus an 890-yen limited express fare).
Kamakura is the most popular day trip destination from Tokyo! It is located in the southern part of Kanagawa prefecture, just an hour away from Tokyo. If you don’t have time to visit Kyoto, Kamakura is a great place to feel the ancient part of Japan. There are many amazing spots to explore in Kamakura, but some of the most famous spots you can’t miss are Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hokokuji Temple, and Giant Buddha at Kōtoku-in.
Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine is the most historical and important shrine in Kamakura. It was founded over 800 years ago. If you are in Kamakura, it’s a must!
Hokokuji Temple is also a great place to visit. Hokokuji Temple is known for its garden with over 2,000 dark green bamboo stalks. There is also a small Japanese style cafe inside the garden where you can enjoy the fresh matcha tea and the view of bamboo.
A historical Giant Buddha is located in Kōtoku-in. The buddha is 11.4 meters high and recognized as the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan.
The easiest way to access to Kamakura is to Take JR Yokosuka Line from Tokyo or Shinagawa Station. It is a direct train to Kamakura Station, and it will take an hour to get there. The price is 920 yen per way.
If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo the tropical island, Enoshima, is the place to be! It is not the most beautiful beach in Japan, but it has some of the closest beaches to Tokyo. Enosima is located just outside of Kamakura, and it only takes an hour to get there! Enoshima also offers other sights, such as Enoshima Shrine, Enoshima Iwaya Cave, and many restaurants, so it is a perfect day trip destination from Tokyo.
The easiest and cheapest way to go to Enoshima is to get an “Enoshima・Kamakura Free Pass”. You will take JR Odakyu Line at Shinjuku Station and get off at Fujisawa Station. Once you are at Fujisawa Station, take another train called “Enoden” and get off at Enoshima. You can access to Kamakura from Enoshima by Enoden. Since you can ride “Enoden” multiple times with the free pass, I recommend you visit both Kamakura and Enoshima in one day!
Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan by population and one of the most popular cities in Japan. It is just less than half an hour south of Tokyo by train. It’s definitely a great day trip destination from Tokyo. Some of the attractions you can’t miss are Minato Mirai, Chinatown, Sankeien Garden, and Ramen Museum.
Minato Mirai is a perfect spot for shopping, but there are also many other things to do, such as an amusement park, museums, parks, and lots of restaurants. The city becomes romantic during the evening with beautiful illuminations as well.
Chinatown is a great spot to eat! Yeah I know there are many Chinatowns around the world, but Yokohama Chinatown is the best and the biggest I’ve ever visited! It is a worth visiting if you are in Yokohama.
To go to Yokohama from Tokyo, take JR Tokaido Main Line Bound for Odawara. It takes just 25 minutes and the price is 470 yen per way.
I am sure you have seen an image of the beautiful and iconic view of Mount Fuji with a bright red pagoda. If you are not familiar, the place is called Chureito Pagoda. It is arguably one of the most iconic views of Japan and the best location for capturing Mount Fuji. The spot is particularly popular during cherry blossoms season when there are lots of trees in full bloom around the Pagoda. I visited Chreito Pagoda in January, but the view was still spectacular even despite the winter weather.
The best way to go to Chureito-Pagoda from Tokyo is to take a train. Take JR Chuo Line at Shinjuku Station and get off at Ōtsuki Station. Once you are at Ōtsuki Station, take another train called “Fuji Kyuko Line” and get off at Shimoyoshida Station. Chureito Pagoda is just 30 minute walk from Shimoyoshida Station. From Shinjuku, it will take about 2 hours to get to Chureito Pagoda, and the Price will be 2,277 yen.
Izu is close to my hometown and one of my favorite places in Japan! The reason why I love Izu is because it offers everything we need! Izu has beautiful beaches, gorgeous mountains, relaxing hot springs, and amazing bamboo forests. It is surprisingly less known, but Izu has many beautiful beaches where you can go snorkeling and diving as the water is very clear and rich in marine life. One of the most unique and famous beaches in Izu is Dogashima.
It is just 2 hours away from Tokyo by train. The easiest way to go to Izu is to take a special train called “Odoriko”. You can purchase the ticket at the ticket counter at Tokyo Station. The price is 4,190 yen – 6,260 yen per way.
Nikko is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, about 2 hours away from Tokyo by train. It is a popular day trip destination from Tokyo for all Japanese and international tourists. Nikko is famous for its temples and shrines, and they are registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nikko is also a perfect spot for hiking as Nikko National Park is surrounded by sacred mountains, such as Mt. Nantai, Mt. Nyoho, and Mt. Taro. One of the most impressive and famous architectures in Nikko is the Toshogu Shrine. Don’t miss it if you are there!
The easiest and cheaper way to go to Nikko is to take “The Tobu Limited Express Spacial Kegon” from Asakusa. You can directly go to Nikko from Asakusa, and the price is 2,700 yen per way. You can also go directly from Shinjuku, but the price is a lot more expensive than going from Asakusa.
Located just 50 minutes away from Tokyo by bullet train, Atami is one of Japan’s favorite resort areas. Although Atami is famous for its many hot springs and ryokan, there are other beautiful places to see, such as Atami Umezono Plum Park, Atami Castle, MOA Museum of Art, and Kinomiya Shrine. Due to being a fishing town, Atami also offers many famous seafood restaurants! It is a perfect day trip destination from Tokyo.
The easiest and quickest way to access to Atami from Tokyo is taking a bullet train. It just takes 50 minutes and the price is 3,670 yen per way.
Sumatakyo is located in Shiozuoka’s Southern Alps mountain range and is famous for its beautiful turquoise blue lake. Although it is famous for the beautiful crystal water, the best part of visiting Sumatakyo is how you travel there. You will take a special local train, and the views from the train are just breathtaking. Also, Sumatakyo offers plenty ryokan with natural hot spring, so it is a perfect spot to unwind and get away from an urban city!
It is a bit complicated to go to Sumatakyo from Tokyo, and it takes 4 hours in total. First you will go to Shizuoka Station by Bullet Train. Once you are at Shizuoka Station, you will take JR Tokaido Line to go to Kanaya Station. After Kanaya Station, take “Ooigawa Honsen” to go to Senzu Station. At Senzu Station you will take a local bus towards “Sumatakyo Onsen”. I recommend you leave Tokyo very early in the morning if you want to visit Sumatakyo 🙂
Kawagoe is located in Saitama Prefecture, just about 30 minutes by train from central Tokyo. It is a perfect day trip destination. Kawagoe is famous for its old town with traditional warehouses lined up. You can stroll through the town in a kimono, and it makes you feel like you’ve been back in time to an ancient period. In Kawagoe, you can experience the historical part of Japan and learn more about Japanese culture and historical heritage. There are also many authentic Japanese restaurants if you are hungry!
The easiest way to go to Kawagoe is to take Tobu Tojo Line at Ikebukuro Station. It will take 31 minutes by an express train, and the price is 450 yen. You can also access to Kawagoe from Narita Airport by a direct bus. It takes about 2 hours and the price is 3,200 yen per person. The bus leaves 8 times a day.
Disneyland / Disney Sea
If you are a Disney fan, you must visit Tokyo Disney Resort!! The Tokyo Disney Resort is a theme park located in Urayasu, Chiba, less than 30 minutes away from Tokyo. Tokyo Disneyland was built in 1983, while Disney Sea was established in 2001. If you don’t have time to visit both theme parks, I would definitely recommend you visit Tokyo Disney Sea! A lot of Disney fans say Tokyo Disney Sea is the best Disney park in the world, and I think that is true. The atmosphere is very unique and romantic, and there are many good restaurants in Disney Sea as well. In my opinion, Disneyland is more for family and Disney Sea is more for couples and friends.
The easiest way to go to Tokyo Disney Resort is to take JR Keiyo Line at Tokyo Station and get off at Maihama Station. It takes 16 minutes and the price is 220 yen. Once you are at Maihama, take Disney Resort Gateway, and it will take you to Disney Resort!
The Ghibli Museum is a museum of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli. It is located in Mitaka, a western city of Tokyo. The museum features different kinds of exhibits, including a technology museum, fine arts museum, and children’s museum, so you will definitely enjoy exploring whether you’re a fan of Ghibli or not. One of the most famous must-see items is a life-sized robot from “Castle in the Sky” in the rooftop garden. Other than exhibits, Ghibli Museum also offers a cafe, bookstore, and a theater for exclusive short films by Studio Ghibli!
The easiest way to go to Ghibli Museum is to take JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku Station. You will get off at Mitaka Station. Once you are at Mitaka Station, exit from Mitaka South Exit and walk about 15 minutes.
Note: You must buy tickets beforehand since NO tickets are sold at the Museum. For more, check out here.
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