In part 1 I described three places for day trips from Tokyo including Enoshima, Hakone and Fuji Five Lakes, today I will show a couple more destinations for day trips from Tokyo.
Related: Refreshing Day trips from Tokyo: part 1
Nikko is located in north Kanto and is most famous for Toshogu shrine where the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate (Tokugawa Ieyasu) is enshrined. Nikko has a gorgeous shrine complex with both Shinto and Buddhist elements which were mostly separated in the Meiji era. Many of the shrine buildings are covered in ornate carvings, the most famous of which is the “see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil” monkeys. The shrine area contains some of the most lavishly decorated buildings and most intricate carvings you are liable to see.
Kamakura is a town located one hour away from Tokyo on the coast and is often referred to as the Kyoto of the East. Kamakura was once the political centre of Japan but now is a quaint destination to see a lot of traditional Japanese architecture and buildings. The Daibutsu is the second largest Buddha in Japan, and you can even climb inside! Kamakura offers many temples to visit, some of the most important Zen temples. Beautiful scenery is on offer, both wild in the hiking trails and in the form of tended Japanese gardens, you can even stop off at the beach if you want some sea and sand.
Odawara is only an hour outside of Tokyo en route to Hakone National park. If you like Japanese castles then Odawara is the place for you to visit just a short trip outside of the city. The current Odawara castle was reconstructed in the 1960’s after being destroyed during a period of political unrest. You can enter the castle which has 5 floors and contains many artefacts to view. The grounds around the castle are quite extensive and beautiful especially during the cherry blossom season when the trees in the garden bloom with the magnificent castle in the background.
The castle is also beautiful in summer when many hydrangea bloom throughout the grounds.