Please recommend historical places not far from Tokyo

Asked by Olga Kaneda · 4 years ago

I wanted to take my friend to Kyoto, but it's a bit far and we don't have time.

Are there any places close to Tokyo with nice old temples and shrines etc? Kamakura is already on our list.

Thank you!



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Answered by Mandy Bartok · 4 years ago

Olga, check out Shuzen-ji Onsen on the Izu peninsula. It's a very small town but it has some lovely temples, a small bamboo forest, and onsen, of course! You can get there by train and bus or taxi. It's often overlooked COMPLETELY by foreign visitors and is definitely a more "off the beaten track" destination. But if you want to escape the crowds, this is a good place.

Answered by Izumi Kershaw · 4 years ago

Nikko has a lot to offer too. Perhaps 2 hours out of Tokyo?

Answered by David Maher · 4 years ago

Chichibu, in Saitama Prefecture, is nice. It is located within a national park, has a number of old temples and shrines, and there are onsen too. The ropeway up the mountain offers some great views as well. Chichibu is less than 2 hours from Tokyo. The JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization) and Seibu Railway web pages (both in English) are helpful.

Answered by Nicholas Chan · 3 years ago

On the outskirts of Tokyo, in the locality of Hachioji, there's a Yakuo-In Yuki-ji, a buddhist temple on Mt Takao. It dates back as early as the 8th century, and is a close enough ride from Shinjuku, around 50minutes by train. The view there is also pretty good, plus during summer there's a beer garden buffet.

Answered by Martyn Bissett · 3 years ago

I really like the Edo open-air museum, you can get there by train from Seibu-shinjuku station, then a short walk. They have some well preserved relocated/ reconstructed buildings from early Meiji and Edo periods. It's nice as it's outdoor, and you can walk in and out of the buildings. It only cost 400 yen for access to the whole site. Really good value when museums usually change 1000-2000 yen.

Answered by Victoria Vlisides · 3 years ago

Ootaki Castle and Ootaki forest in Southern Chiba! A bit far from Tokyo but really beautiful.

Answered by Sherilyn Siy · 3 years ago

The Yanaka area in Ueno is at the heart of the city and makes for a good historical walking tour of old Tokyo. Check out this guide by the National Geographic

Answered by Isabelle Despert Okumura · 2 years ago

Kawagoe in Saitama prefecture is very close to Tokyo and you get old temples and shrines and old streets. better to go on week days.

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