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Summary

Explore the best day trips from Tokyo, featuring a mix of cultural heritage, natural beauty, and traditional experiences. From the surfing beaches of Kamakura and Enoshima to the serene temples and hot springs of Nikko, the artistic hub of Hakone, and the scenic Fuji Five Lakes, each destination offers a unique glimpse into Japan's rich landscape and history. The Izu Peninsula's beaches and quaint towns provide a quieter escape, perfect for those looking to venture off the beaten path.

Kamakura & Enoshima

Kamakura offers beaches, gardens, and temples, famous for the Giant Buddha and a burgeoning surfing scene. Enoshima, connected by a pedestrian-friendly bridge, boasts excellent sushi.

Tips

Visit Yuigahama Beach for surfing and the Giant Buddha for cultural sightseeing.

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Enoshima Electric Railway

A charming green electric train connecting Kamakura and Fujisawa, offering scenic coastal views and stops at key attractions.

Tips

Purchase an all-day pass for 600JPY to explore the area freely.

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Kōtoku-in

Home to the iconic outdoor Giant Buddha, a tourist site with historical and spiritual significance.

Tips

Visit early to avoid crowds and enjoy the serene atmosphere.

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Nikko

A blend of UNESCO-listed temples, onsen, forests, and waterfalls, offering a quieter alternative to Hakone.

Tips

Consider renting a car for easier navigation of the area's attractions.

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Hakone

Known for its ryokans, onsens, art galleries, and the Hakone Open-Air Museum, Hakone is a hub of Japanese culture and relaxation.

Tips

Stay in a ryokan for a traditional experience and explore the area via the Hakone Ropeway for stunning views.

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Fuji Five Lakes

A picturesque region offering unparalleled views of Mount Fuji, with easy access from Tokyo and a variety of natural attractions.

Tips

Stay near Lake Kawaguchi for the best views and cultural experiences.

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Izu Peninsula

A less-traveled coastal area offering beautiful beaches, quaint towns, and hot springs, ideal for travelers seeking a unique experience.

Tips

Visit Shimoda for beautiful beaches and Shuzenji for a quaint, relaxing experience.

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