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5 Relaxing Day Trips From Tokyo You Have To Try

Ajitsa A.

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Ajitsa A.

Last updated : Dec 13, 202311 min read

Itinerary Ideas

When you think about Tokyo, what comes to mind? The vibrant energy? The buzzing streets? Perhaps the inviting nightlife? With 12.9 million international visitors, Tokyo is one of the most visited cities globally and Japan's number one tourist destination. That explains the intoxicating pull it has over most who visit. It's also why sticking to the city during your trip can be overwhelming. When you need a small getaway from the world's most populous city, it’s time for a day trip! 

So, what is a day trip? Not to be confused with day tours, which would see you stay in your base destination, like a tour of Tokyo's Meiji Shrine, day trips let you explore surrounding areas while staying close enough to get back to the city on the same day. So if you're looking to dive into Japan's adventure treasure trove, Tokyo is just the starting point! 

5 Day Trips from Tokyo

Discover Japan: Sites Around Tokyo & How To Get There 

What would be the best day trips from Tokyo? Natural sites like the Fuji Five Lakes and Kawagoe are a great way to unwind. Looking for a city buzz without the fuss? Head for Yokohama. If breathtaking scenery is your goal, Hakone and Kamakura are a sightseer’s dream come true. 

The best thing about touring Japan is its public transport. All sites on this list can be accessed by rail, bus, or private car, with rail being the recommended transport method if you're looking to save time while soaking in Japan's city and countryscapes.

The Destinations 

1. Fuji Five Lakes
Distance From Central Tokyo:  95.2 km (59.1 miles) 
Travel Time: 2 hrs 05 min 
Accessible By:  Train, Bus, Private Car 
Estimated Total Tour Time:  10 hrs

Where else can you enjoy breathtaking views of a volcanic mountain, and thrilling amusement rides at the same time? Fuji Five Lakes incorporates the best of natural Japan. The crystalline waters of Shojiko, Yamanakako, Saiko, Motosuko, and Kawaguchiko cradle the northern base of the great Fuji Mountain, acting as a hotspot for lovers of rustic Japan. 

Even if you aren't climbing the spiritual site, its lush nearby nature reserves and stunning views can still be enjoyed. Thrillseekers can spend their day screaming on one of the many roller coasters within the Fuji-Q Highlands Amusement Park. For calmer travels, head to the Chureito Pagoda, Lake Kawaguchiko viewpoint, and Sengen Shrine, or enjoy a day in the mystical and beautiful Aokigahara with an expert nature guide. 

How Do You Get There? 

Start your journey at Shinjuku Station on the JR Chuo Line to Otsuki Station, which takes 70 minutes. Afterward, you'll take the Fujikyu Railway Line and arrive at Kawaguchiko Station in 55 minutes. 

If you want to try a bus, several are available at the Shinjuku, Tokyo, and Shibuya stations. Two buses take off every hour (Shinjuku & Tokyo Station), and the journey is around 2 hours, costing 15 USD (2000 JPY).  

2. Yokohama
Distance From Central Tokyo: 27.2 km (17 miles)
Travel Time: 30 min
Accessible By: Train, private Car, Bus 
Estimated Total Tour Time:  7 hrs 

I know what you're thinking. Isn't Yokohama Japan's second-largest city? Yes, and while that might not sound as relaxing as Mt.Fuji lakes, there are several pockets of peace hidden amongst the busy streets. The quirkiness that embodies Yokohama, from the Ramen Museums to Japan's largest Chinatown, comes together to create a blend of old and new. 

Our Yokohama Now & Then tour kicks off at the striking Red Brick Warehouse, where you'll find shops highlighting local artistry and craftsmanship. Then, dip into Chinatown for a flavorful food switch and celebration of Japan's neighbor and largest tourism contributor. For a breezy day, try the ultimate Yokohama Harbour Breeze tour featuring the calming Sankei-En Gardens and the serene Yamashita Park.

How Do You Get There? 

Start your brief journey at Tokyo Station, where you’ll board a train to Yokohama Station. The journey will take only thirty minutes, and with around 112 trains running between the two stations weekly, you won’t need to worry about pre-booking a seat. 

You can also catch a ride if you’re staying near Shibuya Station by taking the JR Shonan Shinjuku line straight to Yokohama. Private car rides will take around 24 minutes, but they’ll cost significantly more than the 3.55 USD (480 JPY) to 20 USD (2600 JPY) you’d pay on the train.

Travel Q&A: Day Trips To Kyoto

Shrines, temples, and ryokan, oh my! Kyoto is a beloved destination for many, but can it be a day trip from Tokyo? Yes, if you use the Tokaido Shinkansen Line. So how long is the bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto? Trains from Tokyo or Shinagawa Station will get you to Kyoto in 2 hrs and 15 minutes. How much is the bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto? Prices start from 98.6 USD (13,320 JPY) and can vary according to seating arrangements. So which is better, Kyoto or Osaka? Kyoto is great for discovering Japanese traditional culture, and Osaka is perfect for culinary enthusiasts.

3. Kamakura
Distance From Central Tokyo:  45.8 km (28.4 miles)
Travel Time: 57 min
Accessible By:  Train, Private Car
Estimated Total Tour Time: 8 hrs

Welcome to Kamakura, the home of bamboo, buddhas, and beautiful sandy beaches. As a retreat filled with rich histories from Zen Buddhism, this coastal town is just an hour south of Tokyo. Ideal for seafood lovers looking to unwind and soak in sights and the sound of calm waves in nearby Enoshima, a Kamakura Joy Day Trip is a great starting point. 

Of course, you can't go to Kamakura without gazing upon the Great Buddha, probably the most visited site in the city. If you're lucky enough to travel during the Sakura season, you'll witness the Tamanawazakura blossoming as you tour various temples like the Eishoji Bamboo and the Hasedera. 

How Do You Get There? 

From Tokyo Station, the JR Yokosuka Line is a direct link to Kamakura. You’ll arrive at Kamakura Station in just under 1 hour. Tickets go for around 7.03 USD (950 JPY). 

If you’re looking to drive, taxis can get you there in 45 minutes, though traffic may affect the total travel time. The cost will be significantly higher, at around 170-210 USD

Tokyo Day Trips - How to get there?
Tokyo Day Trips - How to get there?

4. Kawagoe
Distance From Central Tokyo:  36 km (22.3 miles)
Travel Time: 30 min
Accessible By:  Train, Private Car, Bus
Estimated Total Tour Time:  8 hrs 

Nestled in Saitama prefecture, Kawagoe is a true escape from crowded tourist destinations like Tokyo, Kyoto, or Osaka. Known as Little Edo, the castle town charm permeates every experience, from the sweetly dubbed Candy Alley to the stunning Railway Museum

To experience the best of the city, we suggest the Kawagoe Old Town Tour that features the historic Kitain Temple, and the exciting Kumano Shinto Shrine, where you can get your fortune told and experience stone reflexology. It's also a great place to get unique souvenirs and treats, including classic sweet potato candies. Spring and summer is the best time to tour Kawagoe, as celebrations like the Koedo Kawagoe Spring Festival and the Million Lights Summer Festival take your trip to the next level. 

How Do You Get There? 

Head from the JR Ikebukuro or Seibu Shinjuku station straight to Kawagoe Station. The Ikebukuro station's direct Tobu Tojo line will get you to Kawagoe the fastest, costing around 3.55 USD (480 JPY). 

If you’re at Tokyo Station, take the Marunouchi Metro Line and hop off at Ikebukuro Station to catch the Tobu Tojo line, making your journey a total of 1 hr. 

Travel Q&A: Day Trips To Osaka

This city is the perfect destination for food lovers, but is Osaka considered a day trip from Tokyo? Yes, if you take advantage of the Tokaido Shinkansen line, you can reach Osaka from central Tokyo in 2 hours and 53 minutes. So how much is a bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka? Prices start at 101 USD (13,620 JPY) and can cost more for specific seating arrangements. So should you go to Osaka or Kyoto first? Since Kyoto is closer to Tokyo, we say start there, then head down to Osaka after!

5. Hakone 
Distance From Central Tokyo: 78 km (48.4 miles) 
Travel Time: 1 hr 30 min
Accessible By:  Train, Bus, Private Car 
Estimated Total Tour Time: 10 hrs

What hasn't been said about Hakone? Located within the Fuji-Hakone Izu National Park, this destination is synonymous with scenic beauty, tranquility, and relaxation. It's also a great place to try something new, like one of the many hot springs (onsen) so celebrated in this region, or a ride along the Hakone Ropeway. 

You’ll be spoiled for choice with these immersive day trips; 

  • Hakone’s Highlights Day Tour: Discover Hakone's greatest hits with this tour across must-see attractions like a pirate ship cruising on Lake Ashinoko and views of Mt Fuji in Owakudani Valley.  

  • Once In A Lifetime Hakone: Sit amongst legends at the Hakone Shrine, a symbol of the park's ties to 8th-century shoguns. Afterward, you can stroll along the Open Air Museum, then unwind at a public or private onsen (hot spring). 

How Do You Get There? 

To travel with speed and style, check out the Odakyu Romance Car, the only direct line from Tokyo (via Shinjuku Station) to the Hakone-Yumoto Station. It'll take an hour and a half, but the journey will be absolutely stunning, as this rail transport features stunning observation decks and cushy seats. 

Be sure to book your Romance Car seating ahead of time on the website, or talk to a GWG private guide about organizing pre-booked transport. Tickets go for around 2080 JPY. You can also take a transit trip along the Tokaido Shinkansen line and catch your connection at Odawara Station. 


Okay, so you've got an idea of where your day trip will be. Let's keep the momentum and kick out the confusion by partnering up with a GWG private tour guide who knows the lay of the land. 

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