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14 best day trips to take from Tokyo

Tokyo is well-connected to various fascinating destinations.

Yubatake in Kusatsu Onsen. (Photo: Gettyimages)
Yubatake in Kusatsu Onsen. (Photo: Gettyimages)

Are you running out of things to do in Tokyo? Why not use it as a base to explore nearby attractions?

As Tokyo is well-connected to various fascinating destinations, it is easy to embark on enjoyable day trips from Tokyo. Here are 14 places you can check out during your next adventure in Tokyo.

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1. Mount Takao (Tokyo)

Located within an hour of downtown Tokyo, Mount Takao is one of Tokyo’s closest natural recreation areas. You can hike Mount Takao for panoramic views, visit the Takao Trick Art Museum, and enjoy the traditional atmosphere.

Keio 1-Day Ticket with Mt. Takao Cable Car and Chair Lift Ticket

S$17.65

Keio 1-Day Ticket with Mt. Takao Cable Car and Chair Lift Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
Keio 1-Day Ticket with Mt. Takao Cable Car and Chair Lift Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

2. Kamakura (Kanagawa)

Kamakura is best known for its outdoor bronze statue of the Great Buddha in the seated position at Kotoku-in. You can also discover other serene temples, hiking trails and beautiful beaches in this area.

Kotoku-in Temple & Enoshima One Day Tour from Tokyo

From S$66.69

Kotoku-in Temple & Enoshima One Day Tour from Tokyo. (Photo: Klook SG)
Kotoku-in Temple & Enoshima One Day Tour from Tokyo. (Photo: Klook SG)

3. Hakone (Kanagawa)

One of the areas to take in stunning views of Mount Fuji, Hakone is also known for Hakone Shrine, which has a red torii gate overlooking Lake Ashi, and the boiling sulphur springs of the Owakudani Valley.

Hakone Free Pass Voucher

From S$56.09 (was S$56.29)

Hakone Free Pass Voucher. (Photo: Klook SG)
Hakone Free Pass Voucher. (Photo: Klook SG)

4. Yokohama (Kanagawa)

Yokohama is where you can find beautiful waterfront attractions and stroll through the vibrant Chinatown.

Yokohama Landmark Tower Sky Garden Ticket

S$8.30 (was S$9.25)

Yokohama Landmark Tower Sky Garden Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
Yokohama Landmark Tower Sky Garden Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

5. Enoshima (Kanagawa)

An island off the Shonan coast of Kanagawa Prefecture, Enoshima is home to Enoshima Shrine with statues honouring Benzaiten, the Buddhist goddess. Enoshima is also known as a cat island due to the sheer number of cats living on the island.

Enoshima Aquarium Ticket in Fujisawa

From S$19.60 (was S$23.09)

Enoshima Aquarium Ticket in Fujisawa. (Photo: Klook SG)
Enoshima Aquarium Ticket in Fujisawa. (Photo: Klook SG)

6. Chichibu (Saitama)

Chichibu is a picturesque town celebrated for its serene landscapes, ancient shrines, and lush greenery. Consider hiking through the Mitsumine Shrine area.

Nagatoro River White Water Rafting, Old Street Chichibu, Chichibu Shrine Visit, Tove Jansson Akebono Children's Forest Park | Shinjuku Departure

S$91.28

Nagatoro River White Water Rafting, Old Street Chichibu, Chichibu Shrine Visit, Tove Jansson Akebono Children's Forest Park | Shinjuku Departure. (Photo: KKday SG)
Nagatoro River White Water Rafting, Old Street Chichibu, Chichibu Shrine Visit, Tove Jansson Akebono Children's Forest Park | Shinjuku Departure. (Photo: KKday SG)

7. Kawagoe (Saitama)

Nicknamed “Little Edo,” Kawagoe exudes charm with its well-preserved Edo-period architecture. It is famous for its kurazukuri (clay-walled warehouse-styled buildings), quaint streets, and the iconic clock tower, Toki no Kane.

Seibu Kawagoe Pass

S$6.45

Seibu Kawagoe Pass. (Photo: Klook SG)
Seibu Kawagoe Pass. (Photo: Klook SG)

8. Chiba City (Chiba)

About a 30-minute drive from Tokyo, Chiba City is one of the best places to go for urban life near Tokyo minus the crowd. You can also travel further down to Kamogawa Sea World, a marine park ideal for families, or Mother Farm, which combines a farm, amusement park and zoo.

Kamogawa Sea World Ticket Admission Ticket in Chiba

S$30.45

Kamogawa Sea World Ticket Admission Ticket in Chiba. (Photo: Klook SG)
Kamogawa Sea World Ticket Admission Ticket in Chiba. (Photo: Klook SG)

Chiba Mother Farm Ticket Tokyo

From S$12.45 (was S$13.85)

Chiba Mother Farm Ticket Tokyo. (Photo: Klook SG)
Chiba Mother Farm Ticket Tokyo. (Photo: Klook SG)

9. Nikko (Tochigi)

You can visit the Edo Wonderland theme park, which recreates life in an Edo-period village, explore historic temples, including Toshogu Shrine, or enjoy the natural beauty of Nikko National Park.

Edo Wonderland Ticket

S$50.75

Edo Wonderland Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
Edo Wonderland Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

Nikko Toshogu Shrine & Kegon Waterfall One Day Tour from Tokyo

S$101.70

Nikko Toshogu Shrine & Kegon Waterfall One Day Tour from Tokyo. (Photo: Klook SG)
Nikko Toshogu Shrine & Kegon Waterfall One Day Tour from Tokyo. (Photo: Klook SG)

10. Kusatsu Onsen (Gunma)

This charming hot spring town is where you can soak in traditional hot springs and witness the Yubatake (hot water field).

Nikko/Karuizawa/Gunma/Yokohama Customisable Chartered Car Tour

From S$572.35

Nikko/Karuizawa/Gunma/Yokohama Customisable Chartered Car Tour. (Photo: Klook SG)
Nikko/Karuizawa/Gunma/Yokohama Customisable Chartered Car Tour. (Photo: Klook SG)

11. Fujikawaguchiko (Yamanashi)

Another area to take in breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi and the nearby Chureito Pagoda are some of the must-visit places.

Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi Scenic Spots Day Tour from Tokyo

From S$94.95

Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi Scenic Spots Day Tour from Tokyo. (Photo: Klook SG)
Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi Scenic Spots Day Tour from Tokyo. (Photo: Klook SG)

12. Izu Peninsula (Shizuoka)

Located south of Tokyo, Izu Peninsula is a captivating coastal region renowned for its natural beauty, hot springs, and picturesque landscapes. It is blessed with scenic coastlines like the Jogasaki Coast, dense forests, and volcanic terrain.

Izukyu-Line Pass

From S$13.85

Izukyu-Line Pass. (Photo: Klook SG)
Izukyu-Line Pass. (Photo: Klook SG)

13. Mito City (Ibaraki)

Mito City is home to the peaceful Kairakuen Garden—one of Japan’s top three gardens—and the historical Tokiwa Shrine.

Hitachi National Seaside Park and Ashikaga Flower Park or Mito Kairakuen Park Trip from Tokyo

S$115.30

Hitachi National Seaside Park and Ashikaga Flower Park or Mito Kairakuen Park Trip from Tokyo. (Photo: Klook SG)
Hitachi National Seaside Park and Ashikaga Flower Park or Mito Kairakuen Park Trip from Tokyo. (Photo: Klook SG)

14. Karuizawa (Nagano)

A serene resort town in the mountains, Karuizawa is known for its mild summer and skiing and hot springs in winter.

Karuizawa & Kawagoe One Day Tour from Tokyo

S$112.35

Karuizawa & Kawagoe One Day Tour from Tokyo. (Photo: Klook SG)
Karuizawa & Kawagoe One Day Tour from Tokyo. (Photo: Klook SG)

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