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A big red gate stands at the entrance of Hakone Shrine which is located right next to Lake Ashino.You can take a cable car to explore Owakudani, a volcanic hot spot full of sulphurous springs.There you can enjoy black eggs (黒玉子, kuro tamago) which are unique to Hakone. If you’re interested in visiting Hakone, check out this website with lots of useful information in English.The shell turns black due to a chemical reaction with the sulphurous water. Kamakura (鎌倉) is less than an hour away from Tokyo.The three monkeys are one of the most popular carvings there.When you are in Nikko, make sure to also visit the beautiful Lake Chuzenji (中禅寺湖, right photo) – which offers a lovely scenery, especially in autumn (mid to late October).Here are my recommendations for day trips from Tokyo.Kanagawa Prefecture is right next to Tokyo, so it’s easy, cheap and fast to visit.
In summer you can go swimming or surfing at the beach. Most popular is probably the Enoshima Shrine complex dedicated to Benzaiten, goddess of good fortune, wealth, music and poetry. If you’ve decided to go there, make sure to have a look at the “Enoshima-Kamakura Freepass” and the “Enoshima 1-Day Passport“. Odawara City (小田原市) is the entrance to the Fuji Hakone Izu National Park.You could stop by for a short 1h-visit on your way to Hakone.If you’re into Japanese castles, then you’ll love Odawara Castle.If you’re planning a day trip to Kamakura, check out this website.
Just like Kamakura, Enoshima (江の島) is located in the Shonan area.
Nikko is mostly famous for Toshogu Shrine, the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.