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Our most recommended Tokyo Day Trips

  • From Tokyo: Full-Day Mount Fuji and Hakone Tour with Sightseeing Cruise

    1. From Tokyo: Full-Day Mount Fuji and Hakone Tour with Sightseeing Cruise

    Depart by bus on a full-day trip from Tokyo to see the scenic areas of Hakone near Mount Fuji.  Board the ornately decorated pirate ship for a cruise on Lake Ashi, formed by a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. Gaze out at the surrounding greenery and the idyllic views of Mount Fuji. See the landscape from another perspective and ride in a cable car on the Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani Valley. Take in the panoramic views of Hakone from above. Learn more about the region's nature and traditions. Opt to try the local delicacy, Kuro Tamago, black boiled egg, which according to local legend will extend your life for seven years.

  • Mt Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi Scenic 1-Day Bus Tour

    2. Mt Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi Scenic 1-Day Bus Tour

    Climb aboard the shuttle bus or join the tour at the Shinjuku departure point, and set off towards the Mt. Fuji area. On clear days, you will already be able to see Mt. Fuji from afar during the bus ride. Make the first stop at one of Japan's most iconic spots: Arakurayama Sengen Park. Admire the picture-perfect view of the 5 symbolic pagodas with Mt. Fuji in the background. Continue on from Mt. Arakurayama and proceed to the Kawaguchiko craft park right next to Kawaguchi Lake. If you prefer, take time to enjoy your lunch and walk around the lake as you take in the scenic view of Mt. Fuji's reflection on the water. After this, head to Oishi park which offers seasonal scenery with various types of flowers. Finally, stop by Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba which is located on the banks of Lake Saiko. Take a stroll through the village and marvel at the houses with thatched roofs which will give...

    The spots our guide took us to we're amazing. We took lots of pictures and hope to go back and see a few more.

  • Mount Fuji: Full-Day Tour from Tokyo with Lunch

    3. Mount Fuji: Full-Day Tour from Tokyo with Lunch

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo on a full-day tour to Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi. Transfer in comfort along the highway for approximately 2 hours. Then, go to the Fuji Visitor Center for the start of your Mount Fuji tour. See exhibitions that tell the history and ecological background of Japan’s most iconic mountain. Travel up the mountain to the Mount Fuji 5th Station, the highest level reachable by car. Enjoy some free time to soak up the panoramic views of forests and lakes. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Then, drive through the mountains to Lake Ashi in Hakone. Here you will board a boat for a 30-minute cruise across the water. Take in the splendid views of Mount Fuji and its surrounding lakes from a different perspective. Transfer back to Tokyo for a drop off at Shinjuku, Giza, or Tokyo Station.

  • Private Day Trip to Nikko from Tokyo: UNESCO and Nature

    4. Private Day Trip to Nikko from Tokyo: UNESCO and Nature

    Set off towards the Nikko area after being picked up at your hotel in Tokyo. Your first tour destination is the breathtaking Kegon Falls, at around 100 meters high, and are one of the top three waterfalls in Japan. Follow the stream to the scenic Lake Chuzenji. During Fall you can take in the drama of the seasonal change in colors with the lake in the background, and take some wonderful pictures. The area is home to many shrines and temples, which you'll also visit on your tour of the area.   After arriving at the designated sightseeing spot, you will have the opportunity to explore the area on your own. The flexibility of a private transfer means you have the opportunity to return to your hotel in Tokyo at any time. You also have the option to book an English-speaking guide to accompany you on your trip to Nikko who will be with you throughout the day.

  • From Tokyo: Mt. Fuji Full-Day Sightseeing Trip

    5. From Tokyo: Mt. Fuji Full-Day Sightseeing Trip

    By joining the Fujisan day tour, you will be able to experience the most famous sightseeing spots nearby Mount Fuji. At 8:00 AM, depart from Shinjuku to Yamanashi prefecture, where Mount Fuji is located. Around 10:00 AM, arrive at Kawaguchiko Oishi Park where you will spend around 30 minutes. If the weather is good, you can capture a beautiful photo with the lake Kawaguchi and Mount Fuji in the background. Take a walk around the lake, buy a special souvenir from the shop or just sit down and enjoy the incredible view. In different seasons, you can also enjoy different flowers including lavender and kochia. At 12:30 PM head to Oshino Hakkai, one of the most famous spots in the Fujisan area, for around 1 hour. "Hakkai" means "Eight lakes" as you can find 8 different lakes located there. You can also taste the water from Mount Fuji, shop at one of the souvenir shops and grab some food for...

    Really well organised trip which visited really excellent locations at a bargain price. Fuji views were awesome. We were left in no doubt as to what time to meet back at the mini bus too during stops. I would suggest though dropping the trip to the shopping outlet as it meant that those of us who went to the peace shrine instead had less time there and it was rushed. It also took nearly four hours to get back to Tokyo, which was a shame. This was caused by a car accident, so it was out of anyone's control.

  • Tokyo: 1-Day Private Customizable Tour by Car

    6. Tokyo: 1-Day Private Customizable Tour by Car

    Be picked up from your hotel, relax in a chartered car, and explore the city at your own pace with a friendly chauffeur on a completely customizable day tour. If you are not sure what you want to see, you can choose the default itinerary. Choose to explore the sights on your own, or select the option including an English-speaking guide. With the set itinerary, be picked up from your accommodation within Tokyo's 23 wards at 9:00 AM. The first stop is the Asakusa District where you will see Tsukuji Market, Sensoji Temple, and the Tokyo SkyTree. Afterwards, see the Imperial Palace before traveling to Ginza and the Meiji Jingu Shrine. Visit Harajuku Takeshita Street and see Japanese street culture for yourself. Go to the Shibuya Area and witness the famous scramble crossing. Enjoy panoramic views of Tokyo Bay in the futuristic area of Odaiba before being dropped off at your hotel or place o...

    we had a great day, Bhatti our driver/guide picked us at our hotel on time and he drived us to all our requested destinations and brought us back to our hotel after our tour

  • Tokyo: Mt. Fuji, Hakone, and Owakudani Tour

    7. Tokyo: Mt. Fuji, Hakone, and Owakudani Tour

    Your tour departs from the Shinjuku Cocoon Tower at 8:30AM. From there you will get ready to set foot for the highest mountain in Japan, Mount Fuji. Registered by UNESCO as Cultural World Heritage not only in terms of natural beauty, Mount Fuji also provides beautiful culture. You can explore the whole area of the Subaru Line 5th Station, witnessing it all at your own pace. Then, continue with a buffet lunch at the Fuji Matsu View Restaurant. The restaurant offers delicious food and beverages, and will allow you to observe Mount Fuji at the same time. You will then enjoy a pirate ship ride at Lake Ashi, Hakone. The duration of the cruise is approximately 30 minutes, and while on the ship you will enjoy the panoramic views offered by the surrounding nature. Soon after you get off the ship, a rope-way will take you towards the Owakudani Crates. The ride is sure to be thrilling, and the v...

  • Kamakura: Great Buddha, Hase Temple, & Komachi Street Tour

    8. Kamakura: Great Buddha, Hase Temple, & Komachi Street Tour

    Kamakura was the ancient capital of Japan and now a major day trip spot both for Japanese and foreign tourists. Start your tour in Tokyo so you do not need to worried about transportation from/to Tokyo! Take the JR train forabout 1. 5 hrs and Eno-den, the local lovely train in Kamakura. The Great Buddha is the second largest Buddha in Japan and surprisingly it is located in open air! Hase temple is famous for flowers especially hydrangea so you can enjoy various flowers in season. There are also many interesting Budda, Kannon, and gods of wealth so you can make a wish to be rich! For lunch, you can eat typical local foods there. Kamakura is famous for seafood but if you do not like it, other food can be arranged based on your request. Then visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and enjoy shopping at Komachi street. If you would like to stay longer for shopping after the tour, you can. I...

    The guide was fluent in English and had excellent knowledge of the city. We travelled by metro and bus. She joined us for lunch, guiding us through the meal.

  • Tokyo: Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Kegon Waterfall Tour

    9. Tokyo: Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Kegon Waterfall Tour

    After meeting at 7:50AM, your tour leader will greet you at the ground floor of the Shinjuku Subaru Building next to the Shinjuku JR Station west exit. At 8:00AM, you will depart from Shinjuku to Tochigi prefecture, where Nikko City is located. At around 10:30AM, you will travel to the first stop on your tour, the Nikko Toshogu Shrine. This shrine is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years until 1868, known as the Edo Period. You can appreciate the beauty of this shrine complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, whilst learning the interesting stories and legends of the buildings from your guide. After visiting the Nikko Toshogo Shrine, you will pass through the Iroha Slope. It is famous for its 48 sharp turns along its route, and is portrayed in the animation ”Initial D”. The road is very popular for its autumn l...

    In this short tour I was able to visit the shrine, see the water fall, the beautiful lake, mountain and enjoyed a local onsen. The two rest stops were worth visiting as well because there were clean toilets (one had ikebana and origami display), nice restaurants and shops :) Every activity was well paced out I think. The tour guide was very patient and helpful. She came prepared with the map drawn by her and English explanation. She gave tips on where we had better spent more time at the shrine. The onsen experience was not really amazing. It's a very small local and indoors onsen. Overall, considering the price that I paid for and places that I have experienced within a day, all's good.

  • From Tokyo: Odawara Hakone One-Day Tour

    10. From Tokyo: Odawara Hakone One-Day Tour

    Start from a central location in Shinjuku in Tokyo and travel to the region’s most notable fortress, Odawara Castle. This is a popular location in the plum and cherry blooming season when flowers and Japanese traditional architecture create a wonderful atmosphere. Visit the main keep, where you will have the chance to see authentic pieces of Samurai armor and weaponry before getting to the highest point of the structure, with a great view on the surrounding mountains and ocean. Next discover the Hakone area as you embark on a cruise on Lake Ashi, with views of the volcanic valley and Mount Fuji on clear days. Enjoy a traditional regional lunch with halal and vegetarian options available. Visit Japanese hot springs in a location unique to the locals. Bathe in the thermal waters, thought to have healing properties. You can also bathe in wine or coffee, for a unique experience!

5 best day trips from Tokyo

Day trip to Nikko

1. Day trip to Nikko

For those wanting to get out of the city for some relaxation, Nikko is an excellent choice for a day trip. A popular place to visit for Japanese and international travelers alike, Nikko has several well-known features. A leisure destination, soak in one of the area’s many onsen (hot springs) while you admire the beautiful natural surroundings. Nikko is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Futurasan shrine, Nikkō Tōshō-gū, and the Rinnō-ji temple complex.

How far is Nikko from Tokyo?

At just about 150 kilometers (93 miles) from Tokyo, it should take around two hours to get to Nikko by car or train, depending on your starting point and the time of day. Certain express trains can cut that time down to 90 minutes.

Day trip to Yokohama

2. Day trip to Yokohama

A day trip from Tokyo to Yokohama is a wonderful introduction to one of the largest cities in Japan. This major port is a whirlwind of activity and energy, with an abundance of things to see and do. Travelers can explore one of the largest Chinatowns in the world, ride a Ferris wheel with sea and skyscraper views, or savor the filling food museums like the Ramen Museum and its cousin, the Cup Noodles Museum.

How far is Yokohama from Tokyo?

The 38-kilometer (23-mile) journey from Tokyo to Yokohama by car passes in a quick 40 minutes. By train, the trip can be anywhere from 25 minutes to over an hour, depending on your starting point and the type of train you take.

Day trip to Hakone

3. Day trip to Hakone

People head to Hakone for its natural splendor and the hot springs, which make it a calm and rejuvenating escape from the city. Travelers can spend the day lounging in the many onsen that are all around the town, like the Yunessun complex, or the more traditional Tenzan. The iconic views of Mount Fuji across Lake Ashi are unparalleled, and remain one of the top reasons people come to visit Hakone. Of course, there are plenty of other things to do, like the Hakone Open Air Museum, and the charming Amazake-chaya teahouse.

How far is Hakone from Tokyo?

By car, the 83 kilometers (51 miles) to Hakone can take between an hour and 90 minutes. The train ride lasts 85 minutes to two hours, depending on the type of train you choose.

Day trip to Mount Fuji

4. Day trip to Mount Fuji

One of the most recognizable and beloved landmarks in Japan, Mount Fuji tops many people’s must-see list during a trip to Tokyo. An inspiration for artists and pilgrims alike, the tallest mountain in Japan welcomes over 250,000 visitors every year. The mountain is also home to many points of cultural interest like the Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha shrine, the Taiseki-ji Buddhist temple, and the stunning Shiraito Falls.

How far is Mount Fuji from Tokyo?

Sitting just about 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Tokyo, on average Mount Fuji takes around two hours to reach by car or by bus. The train takes only slightly longer, at around two and a half hours.

Day trip to Kamakura

5. Day trip to Kamakura

Kamakura is a small city with a big history, making it a favorite day trip amongst travelers from Tokyo. Once the seat of the shogunate, Kamakura was a 13th and 14th-century powerhouse and proceeded to become an important site for Buddhism and Shintoism. Today, the city’s history can still be experienced within its many attractions. See the peaceful bamboo grove of the Hokokuji temple, pay respects to the giant Buddha of Kotoku-in, or tour the impressive Tsurugaoka Hachimangū shrine.

How far is Kamakura from Tokyo?

Located about 56 kilometers (34 miles) away from Tokyo, Kamakura is easy to get to. Driving and most trains will usually take an hour, though some trains can take up to 90 minutes to reach their destination.

Tokyo day trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

With so many different transportation options available in Japan, it can be hard to know where to turn.
  • • Tokyo day trips by train

    Japan has one of the most efficient and well-connected rail networks in the world. There are several types of trains and tickets you can choose for your day trip, some being more efficient than others. Whether you decide to travel by bullet train or express train, plenty of day trip destinations from Tokyo are easily reachable by rail.

  • • Tokyo day trips by bus

    There is a wonderful system of long-distance buses running all over Japan. The bus can get you to most points near and far. In some cases, the bus is an even faster and more affordable option than the train. Many tour companies operate by bus, and travel times tend to parallel those of a private vehicle.

  • • Tokyo day trips by car

    With so many great public transportation options from Tokyo, driving isn’t necessary. Tolls, road work, and traffic can sometimes put a damper on car travel. However, driving allows maximum flexibility to explore on your own terms.

Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

A guided tour is an outstanding way to make the most of your time. Booking a guided tour can help you plan ahead (for obstacles like transportation), secure your tickets, skip the line, or provide special experiences you couldn’t get on your own. As always, guided tours are one of the best ways to learn about the culture and history of your destination.

What should I pack for my day trip?

What to bring varies greatly depending on what you have planned and the time of year. In the winter you’ll want to bring warm clothes, while summer can be very warm and humid. If you’re planning on hiking, make sure to bring plenty of water. Many tours will already provide you with most of, if not everything you need. If hot springs are on the agenda, it might be smart to bring a change of clothes.

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What people are saying about Tokyo

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Good value for money. We were very lucky to have an excellent full view of Mt Fuji the entire day. Among the places we went to Arakurayama Sengen Park was the best, Lake Kawaguchi came second, but it was a little too much time given to that place. Guide Ai was very polite; they provided disinfectant at the bus, which was very appropriate as I was a little nervous about going on a bus trip at the time of an outbreak. They changed the last stop to another village because the one on the original itinerary was temporarily closed. Overall it felt a little too long for such an easy tour, but I was satisfied thanks to great weather and perfect views of Mt Fuji.

Tour was fantastic! Naow was a great guide - informative, kind, great English, very helpful and went out of her way to ensure we enjoyed ourselves such as by being our personal photographer!! We were very lucky with the weather and had great views - would recommend checking the weather in advance to booking. Ps. At the lake, get bento boxes or the like from a 7 eleven and enjoy the views of the mountain whilst eating!! Better than the restaurant!

It was an amazing one day trip from Tokyo to see the places around Mt.Fuji. especially the view near lake Kawaguchiko was amazing. it was a clear sunny day for us and the view was really good. Our tour guide was really helpful in coordinating the whole trip and was really helpful in giving us lots of information during the entire trip.

This was a wonderful day trip with extraordinary sights of breathtaking Mt. Fugi. Even though our driver Was limited English speaking, (private van tour) he was kind and caring beyond belief.

The spots our guide took us to we're amazing. We took lots of pictures and hope to go back and see a few more.