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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.

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From Tokyo: Private Full-Day Mount Fuji and Kawaguchi Lake Tour

2. From Tokyo: Private Full-Day Mount Fuji and Kawaguchi Lake Tour

Climb aboard the shuttle bus and set off towards the Mt. Fuji area. On clear days, marvel at 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. Enjoy some free time as you 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 you a glimpse into life in Japan in the olden days.

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From Tokyo: Day Trip to Coastal Kamakura

3. From Tokyo: Day Trip to Coastal Kamakura

Meet your guide in Tokyo and take the train to the laid-back beach town of Kamakura. Just an hour south of Tokyo, this beach-side town offers ample opportunity to learn more about Japan’s heritage and feudal history. Be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Follow your guide as you navigate through the intricate architecture of the area, past flame-colored torii gates marking entrances to shrines, and magnificent Buddhist temples. See the most notable attractions, including the spectacular Great Buddha and Hokokuji Bamboo Forest. Kamakura was the ancient feudal capital of Japan and had a vital role in spreading Buddhism across the country. The crown jewel of the town is the Amida Buddha at Kotoku-in, forged from bronze. See the modern side of the town by heading over to the local surf shacks and eyeing up the waves. Finish your day with a hike up to the peaceful local forest.

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Tokyo: 1-Day Private Customizable Tour by Car

4. 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 of your choosing within the 23 wards at 8:00 PM.  Suggested places to visit include the Traditional Cannon Shrine in Asakusa, the Giant instagramable Kaminarimon Gate, the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, and the fancy Ginza area. You could choose to walk through the beautiful Imperial gardens, enjoy the magnificent views from Tokyo Tower or Skytree and stroll around the futuristic Odaiba area.

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

5. 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. If you would like to visit other places like Hokokuji temple with its bamboo forest or Enoshima island, plans can be changed.

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From Tokyo: UNESCO Shrine and Nikko Scenic Spots Bus Tour

6. From Tokyo: UNESCO Shrine and Nikko Scenic Spots Bus Tour

The tour will start from either Shinjuku or Ueno in downtown Tokyo. Relax on an air-conditioned bus and climb up the thrilling 48 turns of Irohazaka slope. Your first tour destination is the breathtaking Kegon Falls, at around 100 meters high, which is one of the top three waterfalls in Japan. Follow the stream to the scenic Lake Chuzenji to have about an hour for a delicious lunch at Hitachi-ya, one of the best restaurants in the area with a gorgeous view of the lake. During Autumn, you can take some stunning pictures of the seasonal colors with the lake in the background.  After lunch, move on to the holy sites of the city, the UNESCO heritage Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Futara-san Shrine. Toshogu Shrine is the final resting place of General Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate who ruled Japan for over 250 years before Emperor Meiji. Ieyasu is enshrined at Toshogu as the deity Tosho Daigongen, Great Deity of the East Shining Light. Be amazed by the masterpiece mixture of Japanese spirits with ancient Oriental building designs.  Futarasan Shrine is dedicated to the deities of Nikko's three most sacred mountains, Mount Nantai, Mount Nyoho, and Mount Taro. Futarasan is an alternate name for Mount Nantai, the most prominent of the three mountains. Enjoy the beauty of the golden details of the main hall in the shrine, while being surrounded by astonishing autumn colors. Return to Shinjuku at around 6:50 PM. Please note there is only one drop-off point at the end of the tour, Near Shinjuku Station (west exit). This is also the case for customers who chose the Ueno departure location.

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From Tokyo: Private Scenic Day trip to Kawaguchi-ko Lake

7. From Tokyo: Private Scenic Day trip to Kawaguchi-ko Lake

Meet your guide in Tokyo and take the train to Kawaguchi-ko, famous for hot springs, museums, cherry blossoms, and views of the iconic Mt Fuji. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Begin your day in the resort town of Kawaguchi-ko by bathing in a local hot spring (known as onsen). Soak any stress away in the healing waters before heading to the Maple Corridor, which boasts beautiful red and gold maple leaves in autumn. Climb up the Mount Fuji Panoramic Ropeway for views from 1,075 meters above sea level. Follow your guide to offbeat spots such as the Fuji Omoro Sengen Shrine or Tanuki Tea Shop. Found atop Mount Tenjo this offers a new perspective of Mount Fuji. See popular attractions such as Kubota Art Museum and learn about the ancient art of fabric dying. If you need a snack before heading back to Tokyo, your guide can advise on the best houtou noodle restaurant with great views.

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Private Day Trip to Nikko from Tokyo: UNESCO and Nature

8. 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.

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Mount Fuji: Full-Day Tour from Tokyo with Lunch

9. 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.

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Mt Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi Scenic 1-Day Bus Tour

10. 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 you a glimpse into life in Japan in the olden days. Conclude the tour at 6:15 PM when you will be dropped off in Shinjuku.

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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!

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.

A great day at the Japanese seaside with Patrick. Temples, shrines, local food and Black Kites behaving like Seaguls. Amazing.

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.