Check out this “cheat sheet” for determining where to go for a day trip from Tokyo! Click to enlarge the image. Photo credits: Kawagoe: http://www.goldenjipangu.com/ Nikko: http://www.samuraitour.com.vn/ Izu Peninsula: http://okidokyo.com/ Kawaguchi-ko: Auttapon Nunti (500px) Kamakura: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ Hakone: blubugs (trip advisor user)
Nikko's World Heritage shrines and temples are among Japan's finest, gilded and lacquered in the decadent style of the 17th century. Their setting is also awe- inspiring: a grove of towering cedars backed by mountains. Get the Lonely Planet's guidebook to Nikko here for free!