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Places to visit around Tokyo

So when you visit Japan, you will most definitely visit Tokyo by default as it is an important place which also has attractions galore for both kids and adults alike. Although it’s an exciting place, it is important to consider other places to visit around Tokyo and explore Japan better, which are ideal for short day trips.

In fact there are many options which are hard to choose from. For children though the attractions in Tokyo include the National Museum of Nature and Science, Ueno Zoo, Fire museum, Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), Legoland Discovery Center, Tokyo tower, Disneyland, and many more that the kids are sure to enjoy.

Here are top five best recommendations to explore places around Tokyo:

Hakone

Short trip places around Tokyo
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Hakone is in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan and is just 100 kms away from Tokyo. It is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, which has active volcanoes and is centered around Lake Ashino. It’s a famous holiday resort with a spectacular view of Mt Fuji and hot springs which makes for a great day trip. This place is also famous for it’s black eggs known as kuro tamago, the shells turn black due to the sluphurous water but taste delicious.

The other places that you can explore in this prefecture include Kamkura, Enoshima, Odawara, Yokohoma and Kawasaki.

Nikko

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Nikko is in the Tochigi prefecture of Japan, which is about 130 km from Tokyo. It is a small town that marks the entrance to Nikko National Park and is famous for the Toshogu Shrine, the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. One of the most important attractions at Nikko is the beautiful Lake Chuzenji, which has a beautiful view during autumn. Kegon Fall is yet another attraction you can’t miss.

 

Kawagoe

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Kawagoe, is the most famous sightseeing spot in the Saitama prefecture, about 45 km and is less than an hour from Tokyo. It is a castle town with remains of the last building of Kawagoe Castle, called ‘Honmaru Goten ‘.You can also check out the ‘ Kitain Temple ‘ where you will find the original Edo castle.

Alongside Kawagoe, make sure you also visit Chichibu, famous for it’s beautiful shibazakura (pink moss) in Hitsujiyama Park, which looks amazingly stunning during Spring.

 

Izu Peninsula – Atami

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Atami City is located at the entrance of Izu peninsula in the Shizuoka Prefecture, which is about 200 kms away from Tokyo. A coastal hot spring resort famous for it’s beautiful views of the ocean and the Atami castle, which offers a breathtaking view.

Needless to say, you can’t miss Mt Fuji in the Shizuoka prefecture, which is barely 70 kms away from Atami.

Kusatsu Onsen

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Kusatsu Onsen is in the Gunma prefecture and is about 3 hours away from Tokyo. This place is a paradise for hot springs all round the year. There is also a crater lake of Mt. Shirane, which offers a stunning look with a turquoise blue surface.

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