The Tokyo metropolis is a beautiful and always exciting place to live in or visit, complete with glamorous shopping malls, constant traffic, countless high rises, and a population that’s tirelessly on the go. Weekend trips from Tokyo offer just the thing to escape the hustle and bustle of the city when you feel you’ve had enough of modern life. Venture to the country’s fresh outdoors and enjoy carefree airsoft war games, sake tasting tours of traditional breweries, and camping car trips complete with barbecue expeditions. There’s no shortage of great ideas for your weekend trips from Tokyo!
Easily accessible and short distances from the city, you won’t have to endure long travels to get to these awesome places. You can go and be back within the extent of the weekend, and show up for work or other duties on Monday morning with no trouble at all! Mt Fuji and its five lakes are within touching distance of the capital, as is Hakone’s generous collection of getaway tours, entailing kayaking, mountain biking, handicrafts, and segways. Go back to simpler times playing in waterfall slides and trekking in Japan’s most authentic forests.
Here’s more on what weekend trips from Tokyo have to offer:
1. A Tokyo getaway for your taste buds
Hidden in a beautiful periphery of Tokyo, Tama river offers scenic shores excellent for a weekend cookout! You don’t need to venture beyond city limits for an outdoor bbq Tokyo getaway of delicious meats, seafood, and fresh vegetables!
2. Hit the sunny road to the magical Funabashi outdoors
Less than half an hour away from Tokyo, Funabashi is an excellent location for a rental camping car Tokyo trip. Pack up for the weekend and hit the road in a state-of-the-art RV with all the modern comforts of life. Set up camp on a shore with beautiful sunsets!
3. Tokyo Bus Tours: Spend the weekend amazed by Mt. Fuji
Fancy a mini-vacation to a temple straddling Mount Fuji? Or are you more interested in Lake Kawaguchi and Hakone? Be it snow monkeys or whatever else that’s your cup of tea, a Tokyo one day bus tour is the answer!
4. Keep warm via day trips to hot springs
As the months quickly tick down toward the latter part of the year, the cold only grows stronger with winter lurking. Enoshima and Hakone offer the best hot springs near Tokyo to escape the dwindling temperatures!
5. A boozy escape of whiskey tasting tours
If you have a taste for the finer things in life, you’ll appreciate Japan whiskey tasting in Yokohama. Just in Tokyo’s backyard, Shinjuku offers great tours involving famous award-winning whiskey!
6. Scenic canoeing on Lake Kawaguchi
It’s still not too late for watersports lovers. You can enjoy canoeing and SUPs on Lake Kawaguchi, one of the most beautiful of the five Fuji lakes. Japan’s tallest peak looks mystical from the water!
7. Let loose with Airsoft games
Do you have a lot of pent up energy and no outlet? Consider these Tokyo outdoor activities, namely survival airsoft war games in Chiba and Saitama, for exercise and combat simulation. Master sniper training, assault rifle warfare, and more!
8. ATV tours: Create your own fast and furious
Riding a buggy in the city can be cumbersome, but it’s not the case in the beautiful wilderness of Minakami. Rev across the vast green playground on a four-wheeler and explore raw nature in its element!
9. Explore Hakone’s meaty buffet of attractions
Enjoy a night under Hakone’s view of the Milky Way, after spending the day out kayaking around the tori gate of Lake Ashi. Hakone’s many delights also include mountain biking in forests, geisha dances, and fishing!
10. Sample seasonal beauties trekking Takao & Hachijojima
Mount Takao is inhabited by interesting flora and fauna. You can learn all about its nature with a guided mountain climb that rewards trekkers with views of Mt Fuji, weather permitting. Hachijojima is also known for its breathtaking hikes!
11. Segway tours: Less effort, more sightseeing
Lake Ashi’s shores host a maze of lovely indigenous trees parted by relaxing roads that make for the segway rides of a lifetime. Another two-wheeler option also ensures effortless sightseeing in the beautiful Showa memorial park!
12. Minakami river rafting: Fun with rapids
Gunma’s oases of nature are a 2-hour drive from Tokyo, but they make up for the distance with some of the most turquoise and secluded waters ever. Rafting in the riverscape of Minakami town will wash away your troubles!
13. Retreating to the caves and waterfall slides of Gunma
Attention all you canyoners, your next great challenge lies in Gunma, a prefecture of mountains and hot springs. Minakami, in particular, is synonymous with undisturbed caves and pristine waterfall slides very few know about!
14. Canoeing on the paradisiacal Lake of Chuzenji
Above Nikko town, Lake Chuzenji stands tall with its layers of autumn shades and views of lush mountain ranges. It offers a refreshingly different contrast to Tokyo, in addition to rare animals and divine grasslands!
15. Paragliding in vibrant blue and green
Leave behind the sky of scrappers in Tokyo, for the endless broad plains of Kanto and Saitama. Soar and explore the field of blue above on a paragliding tour as you admire the large green that stretches out below like a boundless carpet!
Frequently asked questions
QWhere can I go for a great weekend from Tokyo?
AWith lots of fresh air, good food, and natural beauty, these are the best weekend trips from Tokyo:
• Outdoor Tokyo BBQs
• Funabashi camping-car rentals from Tokyo
• Mt Fuji bus Tours from Tokyo
• Chiba Airsoft games
• Yokohama sake tasting tours
• Lake Kawaguchi boating tours
QWhat kid-friendly experiences for the whole family are available from Tokyo?
AChildren are always considered in the plans of Activity Japan, and we have so many trip ideas for you, making up endless family holiday choices:
• Minakami ATV tours
• Lake Chezenji boating tours
• Gunma waterfall and caves exploration
• Minakami river rafting
QAre there Tokyo camping cars available for renting?
ACamper car rental options are in plenty in and around Tokyo. You can book a stylish RV for glamping in Chiba and Saitama, or even take rental camping-car Tokyo tours from Meguro and Minato and head out to Mt. Fuji. Kanagawa has excellent camper rentals too!
QWhat are the best places to visit on Bus tours from Tokyo?
AThese Tokyo bus tours make for the best weekend trips from Tokyo:
• Snow monkey tours from Tokyo with complimentary lunch
• Skybus tour involving Tokyo’s best attractions
• Hakone and Mt. Fuji one-day trips
• Lake Kawaguchi 1 Day trip, encompassing Mt. Fuji
• Asakusa tours that span Tokyo bay and Meiji shrine
QAre there any good outdoor barbecue locations in Tokyo?
AFor excellent food and nature, there are countless opportunities with our many plans for outdoor bbq Tokyo. The experiences entail the best local beef, seafood, and other kinds of meat. Fresh vegetables are also available, while the locations spanning from riverside to beautiful parks, and more!