Best Day Trips From Tokyo

Planning a day trip from Tokyo? Within just 1 or 2 hours by car or train, there are plenty of amazing spots to explore. Whether you’re looking for a romantic drive date or a fun family getaway, there’s something for everyone. And don’t forget about the stunning natural scenery that will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed!

Discover 10 Best Day Trips From Tokyo:

1. Hitachi Seaside Park / Ibaraki

Hitachi Seaside Park

Visit Hitachi Seaside Park and immerse yourself in the beauty of flowers all year round. Don’t miss the enchanting nemophila in spring and the vibrant kochia in autumn, covering the expansive Miharashi Hill. The sight of endless blue nemophila is like stepping into a fairy tale, while the changing colors of the thick kochia, deepening into red, create a stunning contrast against the crisp autumn sky.

2. Kamogawa Sea World / Chiba

Kamogawa Sea World

Imagine yourself at an incredible aquarium, with the vast Pacific Ocean stretching before you. The real star of the show here is the mighty killer whale, the true king of the sea. Prepare to be mesmerized by their thrilling performances, making a big splash that will leave you in awe. Don’t forget to watch the adorable sea lions with their amusing antics, the beluga whales, known as the “sea canaries,” and the exciting feeding time for the fish.

3. Ashikaga Flower Park / Tochigi

Ashikaga Flower Park

The star attraction is a 150-year-old wisteria trellis covering an area equivalent to 600 tatami mats. Additionally, there’s an impressive 80-meter tunnel made up of 23 white wisteria trees, recognized as a natural monument of Tochigi Prefecture. During the prime season from mid-April to early May, the wisteria trees are illuminated at night, casting a spellbinding ambiance. Furthermore, the winter illumination event known as “Hikari no Hana no Niwa” has received recognition as one of Japan’s top three illuminations.

4. Lake Ashinoko in Hakone / Kanagawa

Lake Ashinoko

When you visit Hakone, there’s a spot you absolutely can’t miss. From Lake Ashinoko, you’ll be treated to a magnificent view of Mount Fuji. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the lake itself, whether it’s indulging in a luxurious experience at a lakeside restaurant with a stunning lake view or taking a leisurely boat ride and letting the serene scenery wash over you. And don’t forget to make a stop at Hakone Shrine, a revered place known for bringing good luck. It’s a great opportunity to take a stroll and rejuvenate yourself amidst the positive energy of the area.

5. Nagatoro Town/Saitama


Nagatoro is a popular tourist spot near the city center, offering a wide range of attractions to enjoy. You can partake in thrilling outdoor activities like rafting and line rafting amidst the stunning natural surroundings. Afterward, you can relax in the soothing hot springs or treat yourself to some exquisite shaved ice made from natural ice. One of the town’s special highlights is the Iwadatami, a unique rock formation surrounding the Arakawa River, which has been designated as a special natural monument. The uplifted crystalline schist creates a striking rocky landscape, and during the fall foliage season, the rocks take on a beautiful red hue, adding to the enchantment of the area.

6. Mt. Nokogiri / Chiba

View on Mountain Nokogiri

Situated on the border of Futtsu City and Kyonan Town in Chiba Prefecture, this mountain is a must-visit attraction in Uchibo. From the mountaintop observatory, if the weather is clear, you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of Mount Fuji and the Miura Peninsula. To reach the summit area, you can take a ropeway that will whisk you there in about four minutes. Once at the observatory, a short walk will lead you to “Jigoku Nozoki,” a rocky ledge that juts out from the cliffside.

Don’t forget to check out the towering stone statue of Daibutsu, one of the tallest in Japan. It’s definitely a sight you won’t want to miss.

7. Kawagoe / Saitama

 Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine Japan

Kawagoe is a charming little town that has preserved the nostalgic atmosphere of an Edo-period castle town. As you stroll through the streets lined with traditional kurazukuri buildings, don’t miss the hidden side streets that lead you to Kashiya Yokocho (Penny candy lane). This quaint street is home to around 20 sweet shops, enveloping you in the delightful aroma of old-fashioned treats and offering a glimpse into the Showa era. While exploring, make sure to visit Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, renowned for its matchmaking powers. It’s a must-see attraction located nearby, completing your visit to this enchanting town.

To Hikawa Shrine

8. Sarushima/Kanagawa


The only natural island in Tokyo Bay that can be reached in about 10 minutes by ferry from Mikasa Pier in Yokosuka. It was once used as a fortress by the Japanese army, so even today there are remains of ammunition depots and gun battery ruins, making it an adventurous place to visit. It is also attractive to enjoy various outdoor activities such as fishing, BBQ on the beach, and swimming in the sea.

9. Kamakura/Kanagawa

Kamakura's Great Buddha

Kamakura is a city with many attractions, such as historical temples and shrines, Komachi Street where you can enjoy Kamakura gourmet, and the retro-looking Enoden (train) that has appeared in dramas, movies, and anime! While walking along Komachi Street heading for Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, you can fill your stomach or have lunch at a stylish restaurant. While enjoying the scenery from the train window, you can take the Enoden and take a stroll around Kamakura’s Great Buddha and Hase-dera, which is famous for its hydrangeas. It is a sightseeing spot where you can enjoy various ways.

10. Nikko Toshogu Shrine/Tochigi

 Nikko Toshogu Shrine

It is a shrine where Tokugawa Ieyasu is enshrined, and is one of Japan’s leading power spots. The highlights are beautiful sculptures and gorgeous architecture. There are many animal sculptures, including the famous “three wise monkeys” from “see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil”, “sleeping cat” and sparrows, so it’s fun to walk around looking for them. The “Yomeimon”, which was opened to the public after the major repairs in the Heisei period, is also a must-see!