Like I said in my previous post titled “The Ultimate Tokyo Travel Itinerary Guide for Newbies“, Tokyo is a very exciting place, especially for first-time visitors, but it is exciting to get out and see other parts of Japan as well. If you cannot afford to go all the way to Kyoto, Hiroshima or Fukuoka, then at least plan a few day trips from Tokyo. I’m sure you won’t regret it. In fact, there are million of options so it might be hard to choose. Here are my recommendations for free and easy day trips from Tokyo if you only have 2 days to spare.
Suggested Day Trips Outside Tokyo (reachable approximately less than 2 hours by Train/ Bus:
Yokohama (横浜) is probably one of the most popular day trips from Tokyo. There are so many things to do and see there, it won’t get boring. It is the second most populated city in Japan and is only 30 minutes south of Tokyo. In my own experience, it makes a good one day trip from Tokyo and there are several museums for you to see.
Though, better start pumping your adrenaline at Cosmo Clock 21 Theme Park, then take a stroll alongside the river to the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse where you can ice-skate during winter, continue towards the Cup noodle museum, then stop at Zou-No-Hana Terrace to see a panoramic view of Yokohama City. You can have dinner at Chinatown too!
Fuji Mountain: Kawaguchiko
If you love nature tripping, then you can take a full-day excursion from Tokyo to the Mt. Fuji Area, and here are some of the things I did upon visiting this magnificent place:
This is the most easily accessible of the five Fuji lakes and there’s a direct bus connection to Tokyo– which I find convenient. Strolling along the Kawaguchiko lake is something I definitely enjoyed and I think it would be perfect for couples because this place has a very romantic ambience.
Kawaguchi Asama Shrine
Do you enjoy visiting shrines? Then you should definitely include this on your Fuji trip. This shrine is most famous for Chingono mai (Children dance) during the Magomi Matsuri festival) and is near Kawaguchiko.
It’s a five-storey pagoda located on the mountainside, overlooking Mount Fuji and Fujiyoshida. It’s also part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine and was built as a peace memorial. Don’t forget to bring your camera with you and make sure that you still have some battery to take the money shot of the Mt. Fuji, because this would be your perfect souvenir from visiting this place!