Top 10 Day Trips From Yokohama, Japan

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Ryan Joshua
Ryan Joshua 

Known to be the second-largest city in Japan next to Tokyo in terms of population and one of the most well-known Japanese cities around the world, the bustling city of Yokohama offers a variety of sights, attractions, neighborhoods, architecture, and adventures that everyone can enjoy. Staying at the ever-busy Tokyo can drain your energy, so it is best if you can also visit Yokohama to make the most out of your trip to Japan. And if you want to explore even more places, here are just some of the top day trips from Yokohama, Japan, that you can make from the busy port city.

1. Chichibu

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Just two hours away from busy Tokyo is the quaint region of Chichibu, on the west side of Saitama Prefecture. Enjoy a very idyllic day tour in the area as it is surrounded by lush mountains and breathtaking natural landscapes. Even the town center features a very quiet and simple atmosphere, giving you the relaxation you need during your trip. In fact, the quaintness of the atmosphere made this place a favorite backdrop for various movies and even anime, making it all the more popular among local and foreign tourists alike.

2. Nikko

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Known to be the gateway to Nikko National Park, the town of Nikko is a wonderful place to visit and is just two hours away from Tokyo and Yokohama by train. The town is surely perfect for history enthusiasts as it is home to some of Japan’s most historic sites and UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Nikko Toshogu Shrine. There’s also a lot of breathtaking natural sceneries that you can explore if you think these historic places aren’t enough. End your day of strolling through the city with a very relaxing Japanese bath.

3. Atami

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Atami is a coastal town located in Shizuoka Prefecture. It is just a few hours south of Tokyo and Yokohama and is well-known for its amazing resorts and beaches. Note that Atami has a lot of onsens or Japanese hot-spring baths due to its very unique geology. Aside from the relaxing hot springs and numerous resorts and beaches, the city is also famous for its large and elegant ryokans or traditional Japanese inns—along with a rich culture and history.

4. Odawara

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The city of Odawara is a major financial hub in central Japan. Albeit being a very modern and bustling city, Odawara still has its roots and history well-preserved for you to see and explore—despite the natural disasters that have happened over the years. When you are in town, make sure to visit Odawara Castle, which was built and established way back in the 15th century. Culture vultures will be delighted with the local ancient buildings that feature classic Japanese architecture—like Matsunaga Memorial Hall. For natural, scenic views, you should also check out Ishigakiyama Ichiya Castle Historical Park.

5. Fuji City

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Probably the most popular landmark in Japan is the majestic snow-capped Mount Fuji. If you want to have the best view of the volcano, then there’s no better place for you to visit than Fuji City itself. As soon as you arrive at the Shin-Fuji train station, make sure to stop by the information center and get a postcard—especially if the clouds cover Mount Fuji during your trip. But aside from getting a glimpse of the mountain, there is still a lot for you to do in the city. There are numerous temples and other historical places that you can explore. You can also shop until you drop at the local shopping districts.

6. Kamakura

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Kamakura is another great side-trip destination when you are from Tokyo and Yokohama. Located in Kanagawa Prefecture, just southwest of Japan, the city was once the country’s capital during ancient times. That is why you can find a lot of historical relics and temples in the area. The place has also contributed a lot to the history of Japan, so you will surely learn a lot as you explore the city.

7. Kawaguchiko

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Kawaguchiko or Lake Kawaguchi is probably one of the most stunning locations in the whole of Japan. It is the perfect place for you to start climbing to the top of Mount Fuji or at least its adjacent mountains. Aside from being the perfect jump-off point to the top of the volcano, there is also a lot for you to see and explore in Kawaguchiko. There are numerous shrines, festivals, and even monkey shows that you can see while in the area.

8. Enoshima

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If you are in the mood to hit the beach and just get your dose of vitamin sea, then you should definitely head to the small island of Enoshima. The island is just off the coast of Kamakura and is easily reachable via a bridge from the mainland. It is the nearest beach from Tokyo and Yokohama. The island is also known for its amazing parks. aquariums, shrines, caves, and local eateries, making it the best all-in-one vacation place near Yokohama.

9. Kawagoe

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Take a break from the busyness and hustle of both Tokyo and Yokohama and learn about the rich history and culture of Japan as you get to explore the city of Kawagoe. Located just 40 minutes from Tokyo and 2 hours from Yokohama by train, this town in Saitama Prefecture is also known as Little Edo—or Tokyo in ancient times. Being a former castle town, Kawagoe features streets lined up with architectural marvels dating back to the Taisho and Showa eras.

10. Hakone

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Hakone is a mountainous town located just around 62 kilometers (38.53 miles) away from Yokohama. It is known to be one of the most popular tourist destinations for people living in busy Tokyo—for a weekend of relaxation. In fact, it is one of the most visited and one of the best tourist destinations in the whole of Japan. The town is surrounded by mountains and has a lot of museums, pirate ships, and a very rich history for everyone to discover.

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The bustling city of Yokohama is indeed a destination for local and foreign tourists alike. Make your Japanese trip extra fun by including these day trips to great destinations nearby to your itinerary. Bring your family or friends along to make the experience even more memorable.

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Ryan is a Computer Engineer with a heart for traveling and writing. Born in Pasay City, Philippines, and raised in Melbourne, Australia, he is now based in the Philippines' City of Smiles, Bacolod...Read more

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