Short Trips from Tokyo/Kyoto/Osaka

35 great short trips from Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka chosen by residents originally from overseas who live in and know these local areas really well.
Get away from the crowds, and discover these beautiful regions within easy reach of the major tourist attractions.

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Two-day trip Mt. Fuji, World Cultural Heritage abundant in nature, and source of artistic inspiration

Short trip to Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji is Japan's highest mountain and is flanked on the north by the beautiful Fuji Five Lakes area. The image of the snow-capped, volcanic mountain, with its near perfect symmetry, is one of the most iconic images of Japan and popular among visitors with many tourist attractions such as the 5th station of the Fuji Subaru Line or excursion boats on the lakes. Mt. Fuji was designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2013, rather than a natural site as most people imagine. The designation, including 25 cultural components, reflects not only the natural beauty of Mt. Fuji, but more specifically, the deep cultural, historical, and spiritual importance of the sacred mountain. The World Heritage designations recognize the many shrines, buildings and pilgrimage routes dedicated to Mt. Fuji over history. This route to sacred Mt. Fuji will leave the visitor with a deep sense of natural beauty and cultural immersion.

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Ryan Hunt

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Two-day trip A quaint hot spring town in the North of Hyogo prefecture

Short trip to Kinosaki

Located in the city of Toyooka, Kinosaki is an onsen (literally hot spring) town filled with the traditions and culture of old Japan. This picturesque town is one of the few traditional style hot spring resorts left in the country, with buildings made of wood that don't exceed three stories. Kinosaki is famous for its seven public baths, called soto-yu. Each of them has its own atmosphere and style. Visitors are allowed to walk around town wearing a light kimono known as yukata and geta shoes. The concept of Kinosaki is to consider the whole town as one house with the train station being the entrance, the streets being the hallways, the soto-yu being the bathrooms and the inns the bedrooms. With its willow trees lining the Otani River that runs through the town, Kinosaki is worth visiting all year round as each season has its own charm: cherry blossoms, fireworks, red leaves and snow.

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Noro Randria

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One-day trip Coastal views, fresh seafood, traditional temples and spectacular sunsets

Short trip to Onomichi

Located along the Seto-inland Sea in Hiroshima prefecture, the area in and around Onomichi city is interesting to explore. A popular start for cycling adventures, the city center has a lively atmosphere with a nice waterfront offering a good variety of Japanese and international dining. It’s a very walkable city around the main train station, from the shopping street, up the temple walking paths to upper viewpoints. Short drives further afield over bridges to nearby islands offers beautiful scenic views. There are many options for interesting walks, cycling, beach play and traditional sightseeing spots reminding of a bygone era. These following six spots are recommended for visitors travelling by car who want to more deeply experience the charms of Onomichi city and its surrounding islands.

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J.J.Walsh

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