Day Trips

Day Tours are the same as Day Trips, except for two differences: Day Tours take place outside of the 23 Special Wards of Tōkyō and don’t have door-to-door pick up/drop off service (sometimes saves up to two hours of travel time). Instead, I’ll send you detailed instructions from your hotel to the meet up point and we’ll start from there!

If you absolutely don’t feel comfortable using public transportation, just let me know. I’m happy to arrange door-to-door pick up and drop off. Also, if you have some other ideas, contact me and I can customize just for you.

Top 3 Day Trips – Tōkyō

Kamakura

Hike around Japan’s first samurai capital.

#1 Fan Fave!
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Kamakura Day Trip

Kamakura is a modern, upper middle class suburb of Tōkyō, but from 1185 to 1333 this was the dē factō capital of Japan – and the seat of her first samurai government. The city is home to a myriad of shrines and temples, many of which date back to the 1300’s and earlier. You can take trains, buses, and taxis, but I think a leisurely hike through the mountains is a great way to get a feel for Kamakura’s appeal. Some call it Tōkyō’s Kyōto, and its easy to see why.

  • Perfect For
  • Anyone interested in Japan
  • Solo travelers, couples
  • Friends, families
  • History nerds
  • Photographers
  • Japanophiles
  • Hikers and trekkers
  • Architecture lovers
  • Beach lovers

Accessibility

  • All-day walking tour, including a leisurely mountain hike
  • Plenty of places to rest

Kawagoe

About an hour outside of Tōkyō, this medieval castle town is popular with locals but still pretty off-the-radar for inbound travelers. Enjoy while you can!

#2 Fan Fave!
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Kawagoe Day Trip

Kawagoe is called “Little Edo” because it preserves a lot of architecture, particularly kura storehouses, that used to line the streets of Edo (modern Tōkyō). Step back in time among beautiful sweets shops in traditional buildings, inspect knives that cost thousands of dollars, and step explore classical architectural spaces from the palace of a feudal lord or local watering holes for the every-man. With no skyscrapers in sight, it’s awesome to dig your teeth into a truly Japanese city that hasn’t changed much since the war but has been populated continuously since prehistoric times. There’s so much to do and see here that whittling down the day’s agenda can be bittersweet. That said, you’re never at a loss for things to do in this less-traveled gem in Tōkyō’s backyard.

  • Perfect For
  • Anyone interested in Japan
  • Solo travelers, couples
  • Friends, families
  • History nerds
  • Photographers
  • Japanophiles
  • Urban hikers
  • Architecture lovers

Accessibility

  • All-day walking tour, plenty of places to rest
  • Accessibility is passable

Nikkō

There’s a proverb in Japanese, “don’t say kekkō until you’ve seen Nikkō.” It means “you haven’t seen anything in Japan, if you haven’t seen Nikkō.”

#3 Fan Fave!
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Nikko Day Trip

I love Nikkō! It’s got something for everyone: breathtaking nature, commanding architecture, and the all-encompassing spirituality of one of Japan’s strongest power spots. There’s so much to do here. Just pick two destinations from below and we’re ready to go.

  • Perfect For
  • Everyone!
  • Solo travelers, couples
  • Friends, families
  • History nerds
  • Photographers
  • Japanophiles
  • Hikers, trekkers
  • Architecture lovers
  • Nature lovers

Accessibility

  • All-day walking tour
  • Light hiking
  • Not recommended for wheelchairs