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Top 10 Easy Day Trips from Tokyo

By Guidable Writers Aug 25, 2021

August is nearly coming to an end! Summer vacation is over and work, and college is starting to fill your days again, right? Are you already looking to plan your next day trip from Tokyo away from the hustle?

Even though you’re back to the hustle, don’t you still want to spend the whole day with your loved one? Hmm.. thinking about vacations, it must be difficult to find a preferable destination in the midst of this prolonged pandemic.

Our Recommended Easy Day Trips From Tokyo

But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy 2021. For those of you who live in Tokyo, there are plenty of one-day recreation options for you! 

Let’s check these out for more.

10. Maxell Aqua Park, Shinagawa

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First, in the position of number ten is Maxell Aquarium Park, located in Shinagawa. While this is still in Tokyo, it’s well worth a mention for a fun day trip! This aquarium is unique because it is located in a shopping center not far from JR Shinagawa station. 

Here, you will experience another level of technological sophistication combined with the beauty of underwater tourism. 

For the best part, don’t miss the dolphin show at night; it’s amazing to see the clever dolphins dance beautifully!

9. Hakone, Kanagawa

This next option is probably one you’ve heard about before, yep, Hakone! 

Although this area is very popular to visit in winter, not many people know that Hakone is ideal in the late summer or autumn! Hakone has a lower temperature than Tokyo, making it cooler and more comfortable to stroll around the stunning natural beauty or enjoy the famous Hakone Ropeway! And the autumn leaves views are divine!

8. Zushi Beach, Kanagawa 

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If you want to enjoy the late summer atmosphere, Zushi Beach is the right choice for you! This beach, located on the shore of Kanagawa prefecture, is only 1-hours drive from Tokyo. 

A very suitable choice to spend a day trip with your loved ones on the soft sand, right?

7. Enoshima Island

Located not so far from number Zushi, this island is perfect for those of you who want to feel a very different atmosphere from the noise of the city of Tokyo.

There are a variety of activities that you can do here. Starting from seashore sightseeing, visiting local shrines, or walking around tasting local cuisine along the famous Benten Nakamise Dori Street. 

A perfect travel destination for a memorable one-day experience. 

6. Mt. Takao, Hachioji

If you’re looking for something to test your adrenaline, Mt. Takao is located about 2 hours from downtown Tokyo. 

This mountain is a favorite destination for young people because it has a relatively easy climbing route but is still fun. Don’t worry; if you want relaxation, there are ropeway and chairlift options to get to the top of the mountain! These alternatives are relatively cheap as well, only 600 yen one way! 

On the way up, take in the calm natural atmosphere that is perfect for filling your day. At the top you will find a beautiful view of Tokyo, and Mount Fuji on a clear day.

5. Coedo Kawagoe, Saitama

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This one is a famous district that represents old Japan. 

Located 30 minutes from Ikebukuro, Little Edo has easy access and is a relatively cheap destination. Here, many buildings recreate the early 1900s atmosphere. 

There are many antique traditional Japanese knick-knacks shops available along the road. Don’t miss the varied range of local cuisine throughout the district, especially the black sesame ice cream! A rare kind of ice cream, hard to find anywhere else.

4. Tobu Zoo, Saitama

Why not visit this zoo that doubles as a huge theme park! 

This zoo is located in a very wide open area, is very clean and has many amazing facilities. There is a beautiful big lake, a fascinating selection of rides, and a beautiful European-themed flower garden!

The entrance fee is also affordable, and you can choose which rides to buy tickets for. Here, the ticket system is based on each ride and are purchasable in the waiting line of each attraction. 

A little tip, don’t miss the giant Ferris wheel! A perfect way to see a whole new world. 

3. Chinatown, Yokohama

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Back in the Kanagawa area, is the famous Yokohama Chinatown that you can’t miss. Lines of shops selling knick-knacks from China, and an endless line of Chinese food! If you love Chinese food, this is heaven! You can enjoy it all if you visit this Chinatown. 

The decorations along the road are also fascinating, giving you the sensation you are standing somewhere in Beijing, plus the varieties of typical Chinese street food are very satisfying.

Located about an hour from downtown Tokyo, Chinatown is easy to reach. 

2. Gotemba Premium Outlet, Shizuoka

This part is addressed directly to readers who love shopping! Spending a whole day shopping, isn’t it a great idea?

Don’t miss the Gotemba Premium Outlets. Located about 2 hours from Tokyo, Gotemba Premium Outlet is located in a cool area, and you can enjoy the view of Mount Fuji!

What is special about this place is that you can get branded goods for half the price! If you love shopping, be prepared to have a fun-sesh shopping haul. 

Also, there is easy access by bus from Shinjuku Station, it costs 1,750 JPY for a one way direct trip to Gotemba Premium Outlet!

1. Tokyo Disneyland or Disneysea, Chiba

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Who wouldn’t fall in love with the most famous theme park in the world? It is the happiest place on earth!

Escaping your hustling days, Tokyo Disneyland or Disneysea will always be the best choice for you! Located one hour from midtown Tokyo, Disneyland or Disneysea are within easy access. Tokyo’s commuter lines will take you directly to the gate of Disney World.

Spending a full day with your loved one enjoying an exciting ride is the right choice, right? Especially if your favorite characters surround you to accompany the day. 

There is one thing you should pay attention to though. Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea are reducing visitor limits during this pandemic, and tickets can only be purchased online one month before the date of travel. 

Because there are many people in line, make sure you book ahead!

Mark Your Calendar and Get Ready for A Remarkable Day Trip

So, are you ready to bring your backpack and visit one of the famous easy day trip destinations from Tokyo? 

If so, don’t forget to bring your loved ones. It must be fun to get away from your busy life for a while with the people you love. 

Last, please always be aware of the health protocols to maintain safe travel. Staying safe while staying fun! 

Devy Mufliha,