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Delightful Excursions

Find inspirational day trip experiences close by while you stay in Tokyo. Whether your interest is nature or culture, the destinations below offer a wide range of activities.

Kinugawa Onsen Hot Spring: (Nikko, Tochighi Prefecture)



Situated along the Kinugawa River, the Kinugawa onsen hot spring is just two short hours from Tokyo by express train. The village is a place abundant with nature and one of the most popular destinations in Japan. Additionally, while in Nikko, you should not miss visiting the Nikko Toshogu Shrine (a World Heritage site). A number of onsen resorts situated along the Kinugawa River provide wonderful experiences. Around the village, there are many sightseeing spots. The grand scenery of the Ryuo-kyo Valley offers idyllic waterfalls and a beautiful suspension bridge all combining to create a perfect holiday landscape. For the more active traveler, enjoy wild nature while white water rafting and canoeing.

The hot spring village of Oku-Kinu consists of four hot springs located along the Kinugawa River in the southeast reaches of Mt. Kinunuma. Known as the home of secret spas, the secluded village does limit vehicles entering. With blissful enchantment, one can take pleasure while ambling along the walking tracks surrounded by the local primeval forest.

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Kawagoe Area: Saitama prefecture



The Kawagoe area of Saitama is located less than an hour from Tokyo and is a well preserved medieval town. It is amazing to glance at the way people used to live in the 17th century during the Edo period. Called little Edo, the town displays rows of magnificent merchant houses erected in traditional storehouse style. The Time bell tower is a remarkable symbol of the town and continues to ring four times a day. Lovers shouldn’t miss the walk down "Penny candy lane." The stone paved lane provides an array of traditional style Japanese sweet shops. All sorts of traditional snacks and sweets are on the shelf. Admire the beauty of the street with its traditional buildings, the famous temple called Kita-in and the palace of Kawagoe castle. The town offers a great example of a traditional Japanese town.

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