ONE DAY TRIP

 

Smart Support has some useful links while you are already in Tokyo. HyperDia has timetable, route and fare search. Below has just some example from downtown Tokyo, you may enjoy 2 locations within one day, you may need 1.5 days to complete 1 location which says that one needs 3 weeks to complete whole Japan.

Nikko

Ueno 08:14 - 09:01 Utsunomiya 09:32 - 10:21 Nikko
(Enjoy Nikko)
Nikko 17:35 - 18:17 Utsunomiya 18:20 - 19:10 Ueno
Without JR Pass : 11,140yen (JR) or 2,000yen (Tobu Railway which is not JR)
Minobu Line and Mt.Fuji

Tokyo 08:03 - 09:05 Shizuoka 09:40 - 10:26 Fujinomiya
(Enjoy Mt.Fuji and Sengen Taisha Shrine)
Fujinomiya 16:13 - 16:56 Shizuoka 17:37 - 18:40 Tokyo
Without JR Pass : 15,860yen (JR)
Mt.Fuji and Five Lakes

Shinjuku 08:30 - 09:38 Otsuki 10:07 - (Fuji Kyuko Line 1,110yen) - 11:02 Kawaguchiko
(Enjoy Mt.Fuji and 5 Lakes)
Kawaguchiko 18:05 - (Fuji Kyuko Line 1,140yen) - 19:02 Otsuki 19:05 - 20:07 Shinjuku
Without JR Pass : 4,500yen (JR) + 2,280yen (Fuji Kyuko Line which is not JR)
Kamakura

Tokyo 08:03 - 08:55 Kita-Kamakura
(Enjoy Kamakura by Enoden)
Kamakura 18:13 - 19:08 Tokyo
Without JR Pass : 1,840yen (JR)
Hakone

Tokyo 07:26 - 08:01 Odawara - (Hakone Freepass 4,000yen) - Hakone Free Area
(Enjoy Hakone)
Hakone Free Area - Odawara 19:11 - 19:47 Tokyo
Without JR Pass : 7,880yen (JR) + 4,000yen (Hakone Freepass 2 days)
Without JR Pass : 7,880yen (JR) + 4,500yen (Hakone Freepass 3 days)
Hakone Freepass from Shinjuku including round trips : 5,140yen (2days), 5,640 yen (3days)
Akazawa Onsen

Tokyo 09:00 - (JR) - Ito - (Izukyu Line 1,040yen) - 11:03 Izu-Kogen 11:10 - (Free Bus) - 11:25 Akazawa-Onsen
(Enjoy Akazawa Onsen)
Akazawa-Onsen 16:25 - (Free Bus) - 16:40 Izu-Kogen 18:00 - (Izukyu Line 1,040yen) - Ito - (JR) - 18:44 Atami 19:02 - 19:40 Tokyo
Without JR Pass : around 11,000yen (JR) + 1,320yen or 2,340yen (Izukyu Line which is not JR)
Yudanaka (Monkey) Onsen and Nagano

Ueno 08:42 - 10:02 Nagano 10:46 - (Nagaden Line 1,230yen) - 11:34 Yudanaka-Onsen
(Enjoy Jigokudani Yudanaka Onsen with Snow Monkey Pass)
Yudanaka-Onsen 18:18 - (Nagaden Line 1,230yen) - 19:10 Nagano 19:35 - 21:10 Ueno
Without JR Pass : 16,580yen (JR) + 2,900yen (Nagaden Line which is not JR)
Takaragawa Onsen

Ueno 06:26 - 09:31 Minakami 09:40 - (Bus 1,150yen) - 10:20 Takaragawa-Onsen
(Enjoy Takaragawa Onsen)
Takaragawa-Onsen 15:30 - (Bus 1,150yen) - 16:08 Minakami 16:45 - 17:48 Takasaki 17:52 - 19:41 Ueno
Without JR Pass : around 12,000yen (JR) + 2,300yen (Bus, not JR)
Yamadera Risshakuji

Ueno 07:18 - 10:06 Yamagata 10:50 - 11:09 Yamadera
(Enjoy Yamadera Temple)
Yamadera 16:16 - 17:13 Sendai 17:30 - 18:58 Ueno
Without JR Pass : 23,740yen (JR)
Hiraizumi Chusonji Temple

Ueno 08:02 - 10:12 Ichinoseki 10:21 - 10:29 Hiraizumi
(Enjoy Hiraizumi and Wankosoba)
Hiraizumi 16:19 - 16:28 Ichinoseki 16:37 - 18:46 Ueno
Without JR Pass : 25,620yen (JR)
Tadami Line

The JR local line between TADAMI station and AIZU-KAWAGUCHI station had been damaged because of typhoon devastation. One of the beautiful train ride of Japan is available 2020, now repairing with alternative bus route still available. Details are available at this page.
Without JR Pass : (now with alternative bus route, used to be done by all trains) 17,110yen (JR with the JR alternative-bus)
Iiyama Line

Ueno 10:22 - 11:49 Urasa 11:54 - 12:15 Echigo-Kawaguchi 13:04 - 15:03 Togari-Nozawa-Onsen 15:11 - 15:22 iiyama 16:28 - 18:06 Ueno
Ueno 08:42 - 10:02 Nagano 10:16 - 12:37 Tokamachi 13:31 - 13:59 Echigo-Kawaguchi 14:12 - 14:34 Urasa 14:43 - 16:14 Ueno
(Iiyama Line Photo Gallery)
Without JR Pass : 16,980yen (JR)
Gono Line

Ueno 06:38 - 09:49 Shin-Aomori 09:59 - 10:32 Kawabe 10:39 - 12:48 Fukaura 14:32 - 16:19 Higashi-Noshiro 16:25 - 17:27 Akita 17:40 - 21:43 Ueno
(JR Gono Line)
Without JR Pass : 37,510yen (JR)
Kanazawa

Ueno 07:26 - 09:54 Kanazawa (Hokuriku Shinkansen via Nagano)
(Enjoy Kenrokuen and Kanazawa Castle)
Kanazawa 17:52 - 20:18 Ueno
Without JR Pass : 27,820yen (JR)
Kamikochi, Japan Northern Alps

Tokyo 06:16 - 07:38 Nagano 07:45- 08:35 Matsumoto (Hokuriku Shinkansen)
(Enjoy Kamikochi with great view of Kita Alps)
Matsumoto 18:05 - 18:58 Nagano 19:08 - 20:52 Tokyo (Hokuriku Shinkansen)
Matsumoto 18:40 - 21:06 Shinjuku (alternative route)
Without JR Pass : 13,000yen - 20,000yen + Alpico Bus, not JR
Takayama and Shirakawago

Tokyo 06:26 - 08:19 Nagoya 08:43 - 10:55 Takayama
(Enjoy tourism in Hida Takayama and Shirakawago and Gokayama and Hida Furukawa)
Takayama 18:45 - 21:02 Nagoya 21:25 - 23:10 Tokyo
Without JR Pass : 30,440yen (JR)
Kyoto

Tokyo 06:26 - 09:14 Kyoto
(Enjoy Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Himeji and Osaka)
Kyoto 20:53 - 23:26 Tokyo
Without JR Pass : 28,220yen (JR)
Koyasan

Tokyo 06:26 - 09:30 Shin-Osaka 09:36 - (Metro Midosuji Line 280yen) - 09:51 Namba 10:00 - (Nankai Koya Line 2,040yen) - 11:29 Koyasan
(Enjoy Koyasan and Yoshino Cedar House with Nankai)
Koyasan 16:15 - (Nankai Koya Line 2,040yen) - 17:48 Namba 17:56 - 18:12 Shin-Osaka 18:40 - 21:40 Tokyo
Without JR Pass : 29,300yen (JR) + 560yen (Osaka Metro which is not JR) + 3,540yen (Nankai Koya Line which is not JR)
Hiroshima and Yamaguchi

Shin-Yokohama 06:00 - 09:58 Hiroshima
(Enjoy Hiroshima and Miyajima and Kintaikyo and Onomichi ShimanamiKaido)
Hiroshima 19:03 - 20:34 Shin-Osaka 20:37 - 23:26 Tokyo
Without JR Pass : 38,560yen (JR)
Naoshima in Setouchi

Shin-Yokohama 06:00 - 09:17 Okayama 09:41 - 10:02 Chayamachi 10:13 - 10:37 Uno 11:00 - (Ferry 290yen) - 11:20 Naoshima
(Enjoy Naoshima and Shodoshima)
Naoshima 17:40 - (Ferry 290yen) - 18:00 Uno 18:05 - 19:00 Okayama 19:44 - 20:34 Shin-Osaka 20:37 - 23:26 Tokyo
Without JR Pass : 35,720yen (JR) + 290yen (Ferry, not JR)