An exciting cultural city by the bay
Yokohama is one of the first port cities that opened to the world after centuries of national isolation and since then it has hosted a great number of international residents from all over the world. Its unique history has left a famous China town and a number of beautiful European buildings around the city, giving it an exotic feeling very different from Tokyo. With the recent redevelopment of the bay front and the addition of many interesting museums, Yokohama has got an exciting mix of cultures, both old and new. Take a short train ride, and you will be enchanted by this charming port city!
Access from Tokyo: 30 minutes by JR Tokaido line.
Where nature meets history in perfect harmony
Tochigi is famous for UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, The Temples and Shrines of Nikko, which is famous for a very valid reason: A definite mustsee. That being said, Tochigi has more to offer. Like the two-hour train ride is a portal to take you back in time, you can experience the life in the Edo period and get chased by Ninjas at Edo Wonderland.
For lunch, enjoy an elegant full-course meal at a beautiful hotel with over 100 years of history. On your way home, adjust your time lag by treating yourself to a huge variety of delicious gyozas in Utsunomiya!
Access from Tokyo: 2 hours to Nikko by JR Nikko line from Shinjuku station.
Hidden paradise for outdoor sports and hot springs!
Minakami in northern Gunma is one of the most underrated destinations in the Kanto region. Blessed with ranges of lofty mountains, pristine Tone River and a great number of hot springs, including one of the largest outdoor baths by the river side, it offers you various outdoor sports and bathing in beautiful surroundings all year round. Also worth noting is the precious craftsmen’s village, where you can experience over 20 hands-on workshops making traditional local foods and crafts, and picking fresh fruits. Get ready for an adrenalin rush in this exciting hideout just a couple hours away from Tokyo!
Access from Tokyo: 90 minutes to Jomo-Kogen by JR Joetsu Shinkansen.