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Tokyo: In-laws are in town, planning a mini-break, and if NOT Hakone, then where....
posted by lundman to travel & transportation around Tokyo, Japan (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We have done Hakone before, and it is ideal. You get there by nice train (VSE/Romance car, about 90 mins), lots of nice Ryokans (one had a private gondola, and traditional style. Cooked the dinner in the room etc). Plenty to do, like switch-back train, ropeways, sulphur-eggs, open-air museum for a weekend.
So, with the in-laws, Hakone is a great suggestion, but since we have already done it, what other places can we go to?
Also have 2 kids (6 vs 3) and need something to do. But as they love trains/transportation, and running around the open-air museum, it was great. The in-laws are kiwi, and live off the land, sorta 'economical', so likes cabins, camping, sleeping in the van, but we generally go for motels, or ryokans. Maritime interest, but also nature in general.
Other Ask.Mefi's have brought up, Atami, Izu (beaches, alligator park), Shimoda (aquarium), beyond Hakone there is Fuji safari park/highlands
Takao-san (tamago-something kids challenge park)
Takayama (been there, but not to stay), Nagano (cabins/camping?),
Niigata (Like the idea of Sado island, but not really doable on a fri-sun idea, steam train).
Nikko (just temples?), Kinugawa?
Karuizawa (been there, toys kingdom).
Sendai (lake)? Chiba - both seems to have little?
Island off the coast of Tokyo?
Did I miss any? Want to second/recommend any of those?