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Explore the Countryside: 4 Great Day Trips from Tokyo

By Viator, June 2015

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Tokyo's filled to the brim with enough stimulation to keep a traveler occupied for weeks, but it's also nice to get out of town and experience a different side of Japan - the quieter, more rural side that can be found within day trip distance of the busy capital city.

Kamakura - Explore Buddhism in Japan
Located 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo, Kamakura enjoys a legacy as one of Japan's great religious centers. From the 12th to the 14th centuries, Buddhism spread rapidly through Japan, and evidence of this takes the form of the many temples and shrines — many designated National Treasures — in the area. Perhaps the most famous of Kamakura’s 65-plus Buddhist temples and 19 Shinto shrines is Kotoku-in, a temple dating back to 1252 that houses a 43-foot (13-meter) bronze statue known as the Great Buddha. If you only have time for one day trip from Tokyo, this is the one to take!

Mt. Fuji - Japan’s Natural Icon
Mt. Fuji, rising 12,388 feet (3,776 meters) above sea level, symbolizes Japan on the covers of guidebooks and in the imaginations of travelers around the world. Fuji-san, located 62 miles (100 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo has been attracting poets, painters, pilgrims and adventurers for centuries, and even if you’re not ready to conquer its peak, taking a trip to see the revered mountain is well worthwhile, especially given the plethora of other nearby attractions, like Lake Ashi and the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway.

Kyoto - Cultural Hotbed of Japan
While Kyoto, one of Japan’s most historic and atmospheric cities, deserves a trip all its own, travelers to Tokyo who are pressed for time can catch the highlights on a day trip on the zippy bullet train from the capital (with views of Mt. Fuji on the way). A typical “Best Of” excursion through Kyoto often includes stops at the 19th century Heian-jingu Shinto shrine, the thousand life-size Buddha statues at Sanjusangen-do Temple and the hilltop Kiyomizu-dera Temple, arguably one of the most stunning in the city.

Nikko National Park - Mother Nature Meets History
While the 200,000-acre (80,000-hectare) Nikko National Park boasts undeniable natural beauty, its biggest claim to fame — and one of the best reasons to visit — is the Toshogu Shine. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was made famous by the novel Shogun by James Clavell, which told the story of a fictional shogun based on a very real 17th-century shogun by the name of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The shrine was constructed in his honor and doubles as his mausoleum.

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Mt Fuji, Lake Ashi and Bullet Train Day Trip from Tokyo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2460 Reviews

Discover some of Japan’s most famous highlights on a full-day guided tour from Tokyo. Travel to Mt Fuji’s bustling 5th Station and learn about the revered ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.10

Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 153 Reviews

If you want to see the highlights of beautiful Kyoto but have limited time, zip there and back by bullet train (Shinkansen) on this full-day tour from Tokyo. ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $366.49

Nikko National Park Day Trip from Tokyo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 331 Reviews

Explore the scenic shrines and breathtaking countryside of Nikko National Park on a relaxing day trip from Tokyo. Famous for its stunning beauty amid natural ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.48

Kamakura, Yokohama and Tokyo Bay Day Trip from Tokyo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 96 Reviews

Explore the countryside outside Tokyo on a day trip to Kamakura and Yokohama. You’ll see the Great Buddha of Kamakura, tour ancient temples and shrines, and ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 9 hours 18 minutes (approx.)

From USD $99.98

Fukiware Falls, Lavender Fields and Peach Orchard Day Trip from Tokyo

Leave the bustle of Tokyo behind for a full-day tour in the countryside that takes you to Fukiware Falls, a peach orchard and Tambara Lavender Park. With a ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $88.04

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