Did you have enough of Tokyo's crazy colours and jumbo neon adverts? Then it's time to take a few day trips outside of Tokyo which will restore your blood pressure and allow you to embrace perfectly preserves, raw nature. It's well known that the Japanese love to live in perfect harmony with their surroundings and given their love for landscape gardens and perfectly secluded little shrines, there is no surprise that trips outside of Tokyo will take your breath away.
What are the best places outside of Tokyo? I could probably spend an eternity telling you everything about each city and little town located on the island of Honshu, for the purpose of this article, I'm going to tell you about the three best places outside of Tokyo you must visit right away.
1. Day trip to Mount Fuji
I'm sure you already figured I'm going to send you to Mount Fuji. This beautiful, iconic mountain, has long been part of the Japanese culture to its religious significance. There are forty-six prints which everyone is rather accustomed to, all created by Hokusai, which depict the beauty of this sacred mountain.
Glancing at Mount Fuji in real life is like capturing a small fragment of Japan's soul. When I first saw it, I felt like a time traveller who got to see a natural beauty which inspired so many people throughout the history.
There are several things you could do at Fuji, and several locations you can admire Fuji from. The most popular location is Lake Kawaguchiko, followed by Hakone and Kamakura.
2. An Awesome Trip to Nikko
Nikko is a fantastic place to visit if you are in search of a more spiritual side of Japan. I especially like Nikko in the winter, I think it looks fantastic. You should visit Nikko and photograph the fantastic Toshogu, a beautiful shrine dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, an Edo period ruler and the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. Being in such mountainous area, Nikko has impressive landscapes and beautiful foliage throughout the year. Visit the Nikko National Park for a day filled with photographic opportunities.
3. Day Trip to Snow Monkey Pass
This has been one of my favourite day trips out of Tokyo. I long wanted to see snow monkeys, hence I was really excited to go on an adventure and start a journey into rural Japan. The trip turned into a real adventure, as I hiked into the pouring rain, but didn't give up, as I really wanted to see these beautiful creatures. You can read about my trip to the Snow Monkey Pass here. Remember that you can literally a day to go to the Snow Monkey Pass and back. This is what I initially did. However, there are lots of onsens in Yudanaka for you to capture a glimpse into the more traditional Japanese way of life. I recommend staying for one night and enjoying the benefits of the Japanese hot springs.
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Did I miss something? Would you like to add another place to the list? Tell me all about it in the comments section below.