Side Trips from Tokyo

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  • 1. Fuji-san

    Fuji-san (Mt. Fuji) | Mountain–Sight

    Mount Fuji greets hikers who arrive at its summit just before dawn with the go-raiko, or the Honorable Coming of the Light. The reflection...Read More

  • 2. Hakone Kowakien Yunessun

    Hakone | Spa–Sight

    This complex on the hills overlooking Hakone has more than the average onsen. In addition to all the water-based attractions, there is a shopping...Read More

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  • 3. Hase-dera

    Hase | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The only temple in Kamakura facing the sea, this is one of the most beautiful, and saddest, places of pilgrimage in the city. On a landing partway...Read More

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  • 4. Kamakura Great Buddha

    Hase | Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    The single biggest attraction in Hase is the Great Buddha—sharing the honors with Mt. Fuji, perhaps, as the quintessential picture-postcard...Read More

  • 5. Kegon Falls

    Chuzenji-ko | Body Of Water/Waterfall

    More than anything else, the country's most famous falls are what draw the crowds of Japanese visitors to Chuzenji. Fed by the eastward flow...Read More

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  • 6. Tosho-gu Nikko

    Tosho-gu | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With its riot of colors and carvings, inlaid pillars, red-lacquer corridors, and extensive use of gold leaf, this 17th-century shrine to Ieyasu...Read More

  • 7. Ashi-no-ko

    Hakone | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    From Owaku-dani, the descent by gondola to Togendai on the shore of Lake Ashi takes 25 minutes. There's no reason to linger at Togendai; it...Read More

  • 8. Atagawa

    Ito | Spa–Sight

    South of Ito the coastal scenery is lovely—each sweep around a headland reveals another picturesque sight of a rocky, indented shoreline. There...Read More

  • 9. Atami Plum Garden

    Atami | Garden/Arboretum

    The best time to visit the garden is in late January or early February, when its 850 trees bloom. If you do visit, also stop by the small shrine...Read More

  • 10. Basha-michi

    Yokohama | Neighborhood/Street

    Running southwest from Shinko Pier to Kannai is Basha-michi, which literally translates into "Horse-Carriage Street." The street was so named...Read More

  • 11. Chinatown

    Yokohama | Neighborhood/Street

    Once the largest Chinese settlement in Japan—and easily the city's most popular tourist attraction—Yokohama's Chinatown draws more than 18 million...Read More

  • 12. Chuzen-ji

    Chuzenji-ko | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A subtemple of Rinno Temple, at Tosho-gu, the principal object of worship here is the Tachi-ki Kannon, a 17-foot-tall standing statue of the...Read More

  • 13. Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama

    Yokohama | Museum/Gallery

    At this hands-on museum, visitors can create their own original instant-ramen flavors and packaging, make fresh noodles by hand, and learn all...Read More

  • 14. Edo Wonderland

    Tosho-gu | Amusement Park/Water Park

    Edo Wonderland, a living-history theme park a short taxi ride from downtown, re-creates an 18th-century Japanese village. The complex includes...Read More

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  • 15. Engaku-ji

    Kita-Kamakura | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The largest of the Zen monasteries in Kamakura, Engaku-ji (Engaku Temple) was founded in 1282 and ranks second in the Five Mountains hierarchy...Read More

  • 16. Enno-ji

    Kita-Kamakura | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In the feudal period, Japan acquired from China a belief in Enma, the lord of hell, who, with his court attendants, judged the souls of the...Read More

  • 17. Enoshima

    Hase | Island

    The Sagami Bay shore in this area has some of the closest beaches to Tokyo, and in the hot, humid summer months it seems as though all of the...Read More

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  • 18. Fuji-Q Highland

    Fuji Go-ko (Fuji Five Lakes) | Amusement Park/Water Park

    The largest of the recreational facilities at Lake Kawaguchi has an impressive assortment of rides, roller coasters, and other amusements, but...Read More

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  • 19. Futara-san Jinja

    Tosho-gu | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Nikko's holy ground is far older than the Tokugawa dynasty, in whose honor it was improved upon. Founded in 782, Futara-san Jinja (Futura-san...Read More

  • 20. Gora

    Hakone | Town/Village

    This small town is at the end of the train line from Odawara and at the lower end of the Hakone Tozan Cable Car. It's a good jumping-off point...Read More

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