Traveling near Tokyo in December?
November 21, 2009 7:45 PM Subscribe
Some last minute business brings my girlfriend and I to Tokyo this December, and we'll be spending a week's vacation there as well. We've been to Tokyo before, so what can a couple do out of the city (but nearby) during winter?
posted by destrius to Travel & Transportation around Tokyo, Japan (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
We'll be there from December 11th-17th. We'll probably just spend the weekend in the city, and are thinking of venturing farther afield during the remaining weekdays. Does anybody have any suggestions of good places to visit and things to do, keeping in mind the weather?
I'm not inclined to travel too far away, so somewhere about 1-2 hours train away from Tokyo would be best. We've already been to Nikko so that's out. Skiing is also out as we don't ski.
Our current ideas are:
1. Head to the Fuji Five Lakes region to look at Mt Fuji and relax in an onsen.
2. Head to the Izu Peninsula and wander around (and also relax in an onsen).
Thing is, I'm not really sure what there is to do besides relax in an onsen; will the towns be interesting to walk around and explore, will the scenery be good? A lot of the info I'm finding seems geared for summer travel.
Another issue with onsens is that most are divided by gender, and we don't really want to spend most of the trip separated like that. I know private (family) baths exist, but they're harder to find, more expensive, and usually attached to a ryokan. And they're probably not outdoors too.
Thanks for any suggestions!