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Mt. Fuji by Yuki Shimazu

Day trips from Tokyo

Mt. Fuji by Yuki Shimazu Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike

With ancient sanctuaries and enchanting peaks, the region surrounding Tokyo is a natural foil for the dizzying capital. Mt Fuji, the symbol of Japan, is just 110km west of the city. You can follow the pilgrim trail up to the summit for a sunrise to beat all others, or hunt for views of the perfect snow-capped cone from around the foothills and lakes below. Head two hours to the north and you’ll reach Nikkō with its centuries-old shrines and temples – including UNESCO World Heritage sites – set among ancient cedars. Nikkō is the final resting place of Japan’s first shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the grandeur here is a testimony to the wealth and power of Japan’s most famous ruling clan. Kamakura, Japan’s first feudal capital (from 1185 to 1333), south of Tokyo, is resplendent with temples, shrines, hilly hikes and a sandy beach and has a laidback, earthy vibe.