The Best Day Trips From Tokyo With Odakyu Electric Railway

The Best Day Trips From Tokyo With Odakyu Electric Railway

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the traditional with the futuristic, visiting
– and Tokyo
in particular – is an electrifying experience. It can also be
exhausting. Tokyo’s fast pace can be hard to maintain, so we
suggest a day trip beyond the neon city as an appealing shift in
gears. The best way to explore outside the capital? By train, of

Take the Odakyu Electric Railway on a memorable
excursion from Shinjuku station to Tokyoite-favoured spots such as
Hakone, Ōyama and Enoshima. En route, rolling panoramic views
undulate from mountain peaks to crystalline waters, and your train
itinerary can be just as variable. Allow for stopovers to take in
natural landmarks, a spa session or simply enjoy a leisurely city
walkabout – you’re not on Tokyo time now.

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Best for Beach


While you may know Enoshima as a place of pilgrimage, Tokyoites
would say that the Kanto area’s main draw is its surf. The popular
beach destination is well suited to boarders hoping to break away
from the urban buzz and trade cityscape for rural coastline. Those
with limited time should make tracks for Shonan, a trendy beach
spot in the south. Grab that Wes Anderson-esque green, electric
train from Kamakura and Fujisawa, making spontaneous stops along
the coast as you go.

If you’ve got a full day to explore, it’s most economical to
purchase a day pass for 600JPY (£4). Drop towel at Enoshima Beach
anytime between July and August for the best waves and dine at GARB
江ノ島 – a stylish, beachside restaurant kitted out with a pizza oven
and views of the surf. After dinner, take a stroll to the Sea
Candle lighthouse. Other pitstops worth noting include Hase for the
great buddha at Kotoku-in temple and Fujisawa for a visit to the
conceptual Shonan T-Site bookstore; you’ll fit them all in if you
use the Enoshima-Kamakura Freepass. From
Shonan, brush off the sand, pack away your flip flops and jump on a
train back to Tokyo.

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Best for Spa


Mention the name Hakone to any beauty swot worth their weight in
high-end skincare and watch them squeal. One of the most renowned
hot-spring resort towns in Japan, hilly Hakone is approximately 80
minutes on the Odakyu line from Shinjuku, Tokyo. With not a single
high-rise in sight, its zenified surroundings – think outdoor baths
lined with cedar trees – are made for respite. On arrival, take a
ropeway – and then a cruise – before reaching the serene Lake Ashi.
Take in views of Mount Fuji’s tip before venturing along the rocky
banks of the Hayakawa River to Bansuiro Fukuzumi onsen. Known for
its magnesium- and sulphur-filled pools, these alkaline waters are
thought to rejuvenate your skin. The volcanic valley of Ōwakudani
is an equally revitalising outpost worth exploring.

When you’ve had your fill of relaxation, tackle Hakone’s hilly
terrain for an afternoon hike. For something less energetic,
explore the areas many art museums. Resort-style lodgings are the
way to stay in Hakone and Hakone Highland Hotel – the former residence of a
baron, which also houses a relaxing spa and wellness centre – is
among the best. Book well in advance to secure a room facing the
garden. Alternatively, for a day spa make tracks to Hakone

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Best for Nature


From Shinjuku station, ride the Odakyu Odawara line to Isehara,
then take a bus to Oyama. Hiking trails beckon active city dwellers
to the peak of Mount Oyama, located within the Tanzawa-Oyama
Quazi-National Park. Express trains depart frequently from Shinjuku
Station – you’ll reach your destination in a neat 60 minutes.
Non-hikers will be just as enthralled by the region’s historic
temples and shrines with must-sees including Oyama-dera temple and
the Afuri-jinja shrine. Made up of two parts, the lower shrine
(known as the Shimosha) which sits at the top of the cable car line
is the most compelling. Take in views of Enoshima Island and the
Miura Peninsula from this unique vantage point.

Save money and time with the Tanzawa-Oyama Freepass (valid for
two days) which covers transportation to and from Shinjuku (and
other stations – including Hon-Atsugi-Shibusawa area), plus a
return cable-car ride and unlimited use of designated bus lines.
The journey from Shinjuku to Isehara (the closest station to Oyama)
takes one hour – if you’re unsure of your route, head to Odakyu Sightseeing Service Centres to seek
advice from helfpul, English-speaking staff. Reserve a seat on the
Limited Express “Romancecar” for a small surcharge and some major
brownie points (as well as a snack set from the roving food

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