Kameiwa Cave with sunlight forming a heart.

Day Trips from Tokyo

KCP student climbing Mount Takao.

Japan is increasing becoming a popular destination for many travelers around the globe. There are so many places to see and visit around the country and the people are so warm and welcoming. Filled with the rich culture and history of Japan, the country’s capital, Tokyo, is a bustling modern metropolis that is home to over 13 million people from all walks of life. When making Tokyo your base when in Japan, there are several places to go for a day trip from Tokyo.  Check them out!

KCP student climbing Mount Takao.

Mount Takao – is a mountain located in the city of Hachiōji in the western part of the Tokyo about an hour from downtown. The mountain attracts many visitors for its eight hiking trails and other attractions such as the Tama Forest Science Garden. At the base of the mountain is an experimental forest and an arboretum.

Todoroki Valley Park trail.

Todoroki Valley Park trail.

Todoroki Valley Park  – is located in the middle of the densely populated Setagaya city ward within Tokyo. It’s a lush one kilometer walking trail that leads through a wooded valley along Yazawa River. It takes only a short 20 to 30 minutes to walk through the magical trail away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Along the path you’ll pass by a few shrines, two water falls and even a secluded tea house that serves traditional Japanese sweets amidst the tranquil surroundings.

Enoshima bay landscape.

Enoshima landscape.

Enoshima – is an island portion of mainland Fujisawa in Kanagawa Prefecture. The island close to Tokyo and is an ideal place to visit for the day. The small island is at the mouth of Katase River where it flows into Sagami Bay where some of the most beautiful beaches in Japan are found. The entire island of Enoshima is dedicated to the goddess of music and entertainment, Benzaiten.

Kameiwa Cave.

Kameiwa Cave – located in Chiba Prefecture is extra popular during the equinox about twice a year. This is a time when morning sunlight that passes through the arch of Kameiwa Cave creating the image of a shining heart. Visitors describe Shimizu Keiryū Park where the cave is located as real-life scenes from Studio Ghibli’s anime films such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine in Kagoshima Prefecture, is another inspiration for the scenes in Princess Mononoke.