Tokyo is an amazing city with an incredible array of attractions and things to do. That said, getting out of Tokyo can provide for some amazing day trips to see the spectacular sights just outside of the city. Below we’ve compiled a list of the best bullet train day trips from Tokyo.
Revered as the symbol of the nation, Japan’s tallest mountain is easy to visit on a day trip from Tokyo. Most visitors head to Lake Kawaguchi for the best views of the mountain.
Attractions: Attractions include Lake Kawaguchi (home to parks, art museums, hot springs, hotels and more) and the Fujikawaguchiko hot springs area
Travel time: Approximately 120 minutes from Shinjuku station
If you want the views of Mt Fuji without the travel time then take a trip to nearby Hakone. Part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Hakone is famous for its hot springs, natural beauty and views of the nearby mountain.
Attractions: Hakone hot springs; Open Air Museum; Lake Ashinoko; Owakudani and Hakone Tozan Railway
Travel Time: 30 minutes on the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo or Shinagawa Station
Hugging the Japanese Alps, Nagano is a cool and welcoming escape from busy Tokyo. And there’s plenty to see here: beautiful mountain views and rural landscapes plus a stunning Japanese castle, an ancient temple and museums. Many come to Nagano to visit the famous snow monkeys who bathe in the hot springs at Kambayashi.
Attractions: Zenkoji Temple; Matsumoto Castle; the Snow Monkeys (Japanese macaques) and the Japanese Alps
Travel time: 90 minutes from Tokyo to Nagano on the Nagano Shinkansen “Asama”
Kyoto needs no introduction and is a must visit for lovers of Japanese antiquity and aesthetics. With so much to see, you’ll be run off your feet in just one day. If you can, stay for at least three nights!
Attractions: Kyoto’s attractions are too numerous to list in brief. If you are just visiting for the day, concentrate your efforts around the Temple-heavy areas in eastern Kyoto.
Travel time: The JR Tokaido Shinkansen connects Tokyo and Kyoto. Nozomi trains require about 140 minutes to reach Kyoto from Tokyo, Hikari trains about 160 minutes and Kodama trains about four hours.