10 Best Day Trips from Venice, Italy

Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the most visited with its fascinating architecture and history. It’s a must-visit when in Italy but being a small city, it’s easy to explore it within days. And there are also several day trips from Venice that you can do from the city. 

Venice is also an ideal base from which to explore other parts of Italy as it’s connected to a reliable transport system including high-speed rail.

From vineyards to alpine areas, a city immortalized in a play to one that’s quite unknown — here are some of the best day trips from Venice that you simply must experience. 

10 Best Day Trips from Venice, Italy

1. Verona

Verona

There is more to Verona than Casa di Giulietta, the much-photographed balcony and the location for Shakespeare’s tragic romance Romeo and Juliet. An easy day trip from Venice, this city’s magnificent architecture showcases Italian history and culture through the ages.

Walk along its streets and marvel at the Roman, medieval and Renaissance structures such as the massive Verona Arena and the glorious Giardini Giusti, which is regarded as among the finest Renaissance gardens in Europe.

Check out it’s intricate landscaping that includes a fountain, gargoyles, grottoes, a maze and scenic views over Verona.

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2. Dolomites

Dolomites

The Dolomites may not be Italy’s highest mountain, bit its amazing red-hued peaks are the most spectacular in the country. Known as one of the top alpine areas in Europe, it is definitely a one-of-a-kind day trip from Venice.

A must see in the Dolomites is the Cortina d’Ampezzo, which hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics. Popular among hikers who like to challenge themselves with multiple trails, a hike is always rewarded with some of the best views in this part of Italy.

From Venice, going to the Dolomites takes more than two hours so be sure to set out early. 

Contact Information

Phone:+39 0471 840 005

Address: Strada Micurà de Ru 18 39036 San Cassiano in Badia (BZ) Dolomites – Italy

Email: info@dolomitemountains.com

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3. Ravenna

Ravenna

A haven for art enthusiasts and history nerds is Ravenna, which is an easy day trip from Venice. Ravenna was the capital of the Western Roman Empire between 402 and 476.

During this era, artists flocked to the city decorating its structures with art mostly of religious significance. These are now known as the earliest examples of Christian art, appreciated even by the non-religious.

There are eight UNESCO World Heritage sites in Ravenna, which are all equally magnificent. Such as the Basilica di Sant’ Apolinare, Basilica di San Vitale and the Mausoleum of Galla Plocidia which is the oldest among these structures. 

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4. Florence

Florence

Known all over the world as the birthplace of the Renaissance, a visit to Florence is a must if you’re going on a day tour from Venice.

It’s only two hours by train and boasts of incredible attractions such as Piazza Signoria, the Ponte Vecchio and Santa Maria del Fiore, which is the magnificent domed cathedral situated at the heart of the city.

There’s just fantastic art and architecture everywhere, more so when you enter the Uffizi Galleries and Accademia Gallery. 

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5. Murano and Burano Islands day trips from Venice

Murano & Burano Islands

A day at the Venetian Islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello is one of the best Venice day trips and a definite must. These islands are all accessible by a Vaporetto, and each has a distinct character a flavor.

Murano is known for its glassmaking industry, its Museo del Vetro and dainty glass souvenirs. The picturesque fishing village of Burano meanwhile is where you can enjoy fresh seafood and a leisurely stroll to admire its colorful painted houses.

The outlying island of Torcello, on the other hand, is a haven for fans of architecture, art, and fine dining. It is also known for the stunning cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the legendary Locanda Cipriani. 

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6. Vicenza

Vicenza

Best known for its architecture, Vicenza as a day trip from Venice may be less known than the others but still a worthy place to visit.

Teatro Olimpico is one of its most visited attractions, but the stunning ‪Villa Rotonda is the highlight of a visit to Vicenza.

It also has a picture-perfect city center that’s filled with museums and art galleries as well as more magnificent architecture, including the main plaza Piazza Dei Signori.‬

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7. Padova, Asolo, and Venetian Villas

Padova, Asolo, and Venetian Villas

Visit the outskirts of Venice and learn about a region that used to belong to the actual Republic of Venice centuries ago, as you tour the quaint, picturesque towns of Asolo and Padova.

One of the most fascinating Venice day tours you’d experience, it takes you to two places where you’ll find villas owned by Venetians ages ago. Explore Padova and its pretty university, where you’ll find a chapel that has frescoes by Giotto.

Adjacent to this picturesque university town is Asolo, known for its stunning cathedral and fortress perched on a hill.

Apart from the villas, Asolo was also the location of the court of the Queen of Cyprus and played host to the writer Ernest Hemingway. 

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8. Milan

Milan

Milan is considered by some as the least Italian city, because unlike the other Italian cities that are filled with ancient structures, Milan is modern, sleek and organized.

This is said to be the influence of nearby Switzerland but there’s still plenty to see here that will remind you that you’re indeed still in Italy.

Just a few hours away and one of the best days trips from Venice, some of the best places to visit in Milan are the Gothic Duomo Cathedral, the Castello Sforzesco and the Teatro Alla Scala which is one of the finest opera theatres in Europe.

There’s also the scenic bike path along the Naviglio della Martesana and of course, make sure you visit Da Vinci’s The Last Supper at the monastery of Santa Maria Delle Grazie. 

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9. Bassano del Grappa and Asolo

Just an hour and fifteen minutes northwest of Venice is the Bassano del Grappa. Situated near the foothills of the Alps and with the Brenta River flowing through it, Bassano del Grappa is filled with attractions to fully maximize your day trip.

It has a lot of impressive churches, palaces and other architectural wonders with some dating back to the middle ages and the renaissance.

Bassano del Grappa also has picture-perfect piazzas such as the Piazza Garibaldi,  Piazza Della Liberta, and the stunning Ponte degli Alpini. 

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10. Prosecco Hills

Ptosecco Hills

When in Italy, a visit to the Prosecco region is a must, and one of the best day tours from Venice. It only takes an hour to get here from Venice, and the scenery on the way is breathtaking.

A visit to this region is a great way to learn about the process of wine-making that starts with from picking the perfect grapes to pressing them, fermenting then bottling the wine that’s one of Italy’s top exports.

A tour of the Prosecco valley also takes you through the hills and vineyards, as well as ad well-stocked cellars where you can pick the perfect wine to go with your lunch. 

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10 Best Day Trips from Rome Italy

It’s easy to just spend all your days in Rome while in Italy as this capital city has so much in it to see in explore. However, it is also an ideal starting point for visiting nearby towns and cities, even entire regions — all showcasing a different side to Italy. These day trips from Rome are equally amazing and you should allocate some time to these day tours when in Italy. 

From ancient roads and villas to buried cities, from the birthplace of pizza to the home of the country’s best wines, here are some of the best days trips from Rome, Italy. 

10 Day Trips from Rome, Italy

1. Tuscany day tour from Rome

Tuscany

‪Escape to the Italian countryside and sip some of the best wines in the scenic Tuscany, just a few hours bu train from Rome. Walk through vineyards and orchards, hike up rolling hills, take in the glorious scenery as you sip some wine.

The stunning hilltop town of Tuscany is one of those Rome day tours that are perfect if you want to just relax and enjoy a different side of Italy.

A fair warning though, wineries here tend to pour generously so be sure to watch how much you drink so you can fully enjoy the rest of the trip. ‬

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2. Bologna

Bologna

With the University of Bologna having been established in 1088, this city is known as the cradle of European higher education.

One of the easiest day trips from Rome, this city also known as ‘the fat one’ because of its rich culinary culture and tradition so make sure you sample a few dishes when you visit, like cold cuts and tortellini.

After you’ve probably fattened yourself up, head onto the Piazza Maggiore for a stroll and check out the strangely constructed Basilica of San Petronio — with its bottom made of marble and the top made of bricks. 

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3. Florence day trip from Rome

Florence

Florence maybe 300 kilometers away from Rome but via high/speed train, getting there will only take an hour and a half. This is a perfect day tour from Rome if you’re looking to immerse yourself in some fine art and history.

A must-see is the statue of David at the Galleria dell’Accademia museum, where there’s more stunning art to see than the naked guy.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the city center to admire the beautiful Renaissance buildings before stepping inside the Duomo di Firenze, the cathedral of Florence. When you get hungry, head on to Pizzeria Dante on the south bank of the River Arno and have some Tuscan pizzas.

Afterward, stop by the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge as you head back to the city center. 

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4. Capri

Capri

‪Situated in the bay of Naples, the island of Capri is one of the best day trips from Rome that you simply must experience. Home to high-end boutiques and luxury hotels, Capri is also known for its limoncello. Have some while you’re here and buy a few bottles to take home.

This island is also where you’ll find the Blue Grotto, a much loved natural wonder. The Blue Grotto is a sea cavern that sparkles in crystal blue hues.

There’s also the ‬Faraglioni cliff and cave that you can explore. As well as the picturesque Villa San Michele and Monte Solaro if you’re up for a more active Capri adventure. 

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5. Appian Way

Appian Way

‪A unique day trip from Rome that’s just a quick and easy train ride from the Italian capital is the scenic Via Appia Antica or the ‬old Appian Way Road. Now a regional park called ‪Parco Regionale Dell’Appia Antica‬, this was once the major road of the ancient Roman Empire.

This ancient toad is lined with tombs and churches, that even the train ride going here takes you right to the catacombs of San Callisto, the largest and most impressive of the catacombs.

You can explore this park on foot or on a bike, and take in the scenery that you won’t find anywhere else. Sunday is the best time to visit when a good part of the Appian Way is closed to traffic. 

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6. Naples

Naples

A day trip from Rome that’s reachable by an hour-long train ride, Naples or Napoli is a definite must. This city has pretty interesting attractions such as Castel dell’ Ovo, Castel Nuovo, but the top reason why anyone should go here is actually pizza.

Known all over as the place where pizza was invented, Napoli is home to Italy’s oldest pizzeria — the Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba. It is still serving some of the best pizzas up to this day and a must when in Napoli. Definitely get some of their Margherita pizza before you start exploring Napoli.

When you get hungry again, have more pizza! This time though, get it at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele and pair it with beer. This place was also featured in the film ‘Eat, Pray, Love’.

See more of Napoli then have more pizza but this time, try the fried ones. Wash it down with some limoncello, a local lemon liquor.

Better yet, take your fried pizza and limoncello to the coast, take a walk until you see the glorious Mount Vesuvius. 

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7. Orvieto

 

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‪Perched way up on a tufa, the picturesque Umbrian town of Orvieto is a must if you’re after a fun and just a bit adventurous day trip from Rome. This charming little town boasts of rich history and stunning architecture, as well as great views of the countryside since it is located on a hill.

Check out the ‬Duomo di Orvieto’s ornate facade and gorgeous interior, climb to the top of the Torre del Moro for panoramic views, or the engineering marvel that is Pozzo di San Patrizio. 

You may also explore Orvieto’s labyrinth of caves and tunnels created by residents that date back to Etruscan times, with a guided underground tour.

Afterward, enjoy a leisurely stroll in the town streets and marvel at the architecture, at pretty doorways or check out ceramics stores.

This town isn’t teeming with tourists yet so a visit here is like truly experiencing a bit of small-town Italy. 

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8. Tivoli

Tivoli

‪The city of Tivoli is just an hour away by train from Rome and is like escaping to ancient times with its magnificent Roman structures. These are the Hadrian’s Villa and the ‬Villa d’Este, which are both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Dating back to 2nd century A. D., Hadrian’s Villa was much more than just a massive and grand residence, it was more like a small city. Here you’ll find the remains of libraries, palaces, and temples, as well as scenic gardens and pools for relaxation.

Meanwhile, the 16th-century Villa d’Este is known for its many fountains and waterworks. A landscape design masterpiece, this place showcases a variety of ways in which water is used  — from cascades to art installations to fountains and statues.

As you explore Villa d’Este, you’ll find that elevation changes in each part of the villa’s grounds, creating a sit of intrigue. You’ll never know what you’ll find in each turn, which makes touring more fun.

This is definitely one of the best Rome day trips that you just have to see and experience for yourself. 

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9. Pompei day trips from Rome

Pompei

Including‪ a quick stop at Napoli to change trains, reaching Pompeii from Rome only takes two hours. It is one of the most interesting day trips from Rome as this ancient city is filled with fascinating sites to visit.

Aside from an amazing view of the nearby Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii is also the site of some incredible archaeological displays. These ‘displays’ are everywhere in Pompeii, the result of a volcanic eruption that destroyed the city and killed thousands of its people.

There are ruins, then there are people permanently stuck in those few seconds before mount Vesuvius erupted, moments before they died.

It’s quite a sad spectacle, but fascinating nonetheless to see these visual (plasters) representation of one of the most devastating events in ancient history. It’s a lot to take in but a worthwhile visit nonetheless.‬

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10. Vatican

Vatican

‪Vatican City may be situated within Rome but stepping inside, it is an entirely different environment. For one, despite the tourists that are constantly getting in and out, being here still provides a much-needed respite from the relative chaos and hustle of Rome.

It starts with the lovely Vatican Gardens, then continues with the museums that are appreciated by visitors whether they’re religious or not. The Vatican City is the official residence of the Pope, a massive complex filled with structures and displays mostly of religious significance as well as incredible architecture.

This is an ideal quick day tour from Rome that’s best if you simply want a few hours to relax, to enjoy a quieter atmosphere. Be sure to visit the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll find ‬Michelangelo’s masterpiece ‘The Last Judgement’ which is a definite must-see and quite humbling to observe. 

Contact Information

Phone:  info@vaticanrome.it

Address: Vatican Relais Rome, Borgo Angelico, 22Rome, Italy

Email: +39 3478009066

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10 Best Day Trips from Milan, Italy

Situated in Western Lombardy, Milan is within easy reach of a lot of destinations, as it’s reliable transport system is strategically connected to those of the other regions and even another country like Switzerland. So there are several day trips from Milan that you can do.

There’s already a lot to see and do here, but being the rail hub of Northern Italy, Milan pretty much encourages you to see more. Here are some of those places you can visit, amazing day trips from Milan that takes you around Italy and beyond.

10 Best Day Trips from Milan

1. Lake Como

Lake Como

Hailed as the most beautiful among the northern Italian lakes, Lake Como is surely one of the best day trips from Milan.

Check out its steep wooded shoreline and crystal blue waters, or stroll through the nearby town of Como on the southern tip of the lake. Sample some hearty home-cooked meal or have a drink with stunning views of the lake.

Check out the villas by the lakeshore or get on a boat for a different perspective of the surrounding areas. Lake Como is only an hour train ride from Italy so make sure you won’t miss an opportunity to see it.

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2. Lake Maggiore & Borromean Islands day trips from Milan

Lake Maggiore

Situated n the Southern side of the Alps, Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy. The lake itself and the shoreline is divided between the Italian regions of Lombardia and Piemonte and the Swiss Canton Ticino.

One of the most picturesque Milan day trips, a good way to see Lake Maggiore is on a boat, where you also get to explore the Borromean Islands while marveling at the Alps in the distance.

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3. Bernina & St.Moritz day trips from Milan

St.Moritz

This is a unique day trip from Milan that takes you through one of the most scenic train rides from Italy to Switzerland. Lasting approximately four hours each way (Milan to St. Moritz, St. Moritz to Milan), the historic red Bernina Express train has the most spectacular route in Europe.

Keep your eyes fixed to the scenery outside the window as you pass stunning Italian and Swiss mountain ranges.

The route then goes through the spiral viaduct of Brusia, then the Bernina Pass to Engadin then watch as the landscape changes from lush green plains to snow-covered gorges to the pretty chalets.

You’re in St. Moritz and it’s up to you how long you’ll stay there as you sample goodies from bakeries or drink Swiss beer. This is definitely something that you must experience when in Milan.

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4. Florence

Florence

The stunning city of Florence is another easy day tour from Milan, as it only takes less than two hours by train. This capital of Tuscany has a walkable city center so you can cram as many attractions as you want.

It is suggested though that you visit only those that best represent what this city is known for — architecture, art, and culture.

Make sure you see or visit the Cathedral, Santa Croce church, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza Della Signoria and especially the Galleria degli Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio.

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5. Bellagio

Bellagio

Bellagio is another town situated by Lake Como and said to be among the most romantic places to visit in Italy. This village has a picture-perfect lakeside promenade that leads to Villa Melzi which has beautiful gardens.

There are also stone lanes and stairways lined with shops, gelato bars, cafes, and restaurants. This is a place for relaxing and having some quiet time, while also enjoying views of one of Italy’s biggest lakes.

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6. Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

With its dramatic and unique scenery, Cinque Terre is listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. The picturesque coastal villages of Cinque Terre are surrounded by lush vineyards, olive orchards, and lemon groves.

Just imagine how fragrant this place gets during harvest season. There are five villages in Cinque Terre, and there’s an old railway that connects all these villages so you can visit all of them during your day tour from Milan.

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7. Interlaken & Swiss Alps

Interlaken & Swiss Alps

Reachable from Milan via highspeed rail is the Swiss Alps, and it’s another border crossing trip that you must try. You get to enjoy more scenic views of both the Italian and Swiss borders.

Once in Interlaken, you get to explore the area at your pace, while taking photos of everything you see. The best part of this day trip is the trip/travel time itself, where you get up views of both Italian and Swiss regions close to the Border.

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8. Verona

Verona

Most would associate Verona with Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, but this city is more than the setting of an ill-fated romance.

One of the more laid back Milan day tours, this city does have some pretty fascinating architecture such as the Castelvecchio fortress, the Giardino garden, the arena which dates back to the 2nd century and Piazza Delle Erbe.

There’s also the baroque masterpiece Palazzo Maffei with its baroque fountain. Staying true to its Renaissance romance association, there’s also Juliet’s Balcony, which is attached to a Gothic-style 13th-century house and museum said to have inspired Shakespeare.

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9. Venice

Venice

The capital of the region of Veneto and one of the most famous cities in the world, Venice doesn’t need any introduction. It’s only two hours by train making it a relatively easy Milan day trip.

Aside from the Gran Canale and gondola rides, there’s more to see in Venice that also gets you away from the usual influx of visiting crowds. Make sure you check out the San Marco Square and the Campanile, Doge’s Palace, and San Marco Basilica.

There’s also the Ghetto degli Ebre, a pleasant and quiet area of the city where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll because it’s not that crowded.

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10. Genoa and Portofino

Genoa and Portofimo

Another wonderful escape takes you to Italy’s largest port, Genoa. A visit here lets you explore the Ligurian coast.

Here, you get to see important monuments and structures, as well as an old town which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

While in Genoa, you can also visit the adjacent colorful village of Portofino. Take in the sight of fishing boats along the water and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere. This is such an idyllic day trip from Milan that you shouldn’t miss.

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10 Best Day Trips from Florence, Italy

As the cradle of the Renaissance, the romantic city of Florence may be a little difficult to leave even for a day as there’s already so much art and fascinating history to explore here. This capital city of the Tuscan region is also in close proximity and access to many other intriguing destinations. Which makes them good day trips from Florence.

Here are some of those places you can visit for a day, all just within a few hours or less from Florence.

10 Day Trips from Florence, Italy

1. Chianti

Chianti

One of the most popular areas in Tuscany, Chianti is best explored if you have a car or by joining a guided tour. This area is known for its wineries, as well as its scenic landscape, charming small towns, and vibrant culinary culture.

This is probably one of the most laid back and relaxing day tours from Florence, as you’ll mostly see lush vineyards, orchards, and farms.

You’ll be taken through scenic winding roads as well as charming back alleys, all with a gorgeous view with each turn. If you’re up to it, you may also explore Chianti on horseback, riding through vineyards then into where the wineries are.

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2. Milan

Milan

Only an hour and forty-five minutes by train from Florence, Milan is another perfect day trip. This city is considered by some as the least Italian city, with it being modern, sleek and organized.

It could be the influence of nearby Switzerland but still, there’s plenty to see here that will remind you that yes, you’re still in Italy.

When in Milan, make sure you see the Gothic Duomo Cathedral, the Castello Sforzesco and the Teatro alla Scala which is one of the finest opera theatres in Europe.

There’s also the scenic bike path along the Naviglio della Martesana and of course, make sure you visit Da Vinci’s The Last Supper at the monastery of Santa Maria Delle Grazie.

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3. Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Easily accessible from Florence by train is the UNESCO World Heritage site Cinque Terre, which is made up of five villages. These villages are all connected by an old local rail that makes it easy to go from one village to another and explore each one.

Situated by coast and covered with lush vineyards, olive orchards, and lemon groves, Cinque Terre makes for a fascinating day tour from Florence.

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4. San Gimignano

San Gimignano

The picturesque Tuscan village of San Gimignano is situated between Florence and Siena. The scenic hour-long drive from Florence to this village is not to be missed either, as both sides are filled with lush vineyards, olive groves, hills with rustic agriturismos and ancient farms.

San Gimignano also has 14 medieval towers that all boasts of scenic views over the surrounding hills.

A must-do in this idyllic Florence day trip is to stroll through its cobblestone streets as you marvel at its multitude of medieval buildings. This is one excursion out of Florence that you simply must experience.

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5. Val d’Orcia

Val d'Orcia

Only two hours away from Florence is the picturesque Val d’Orcia in Tuscany, which is among the most visited areas in the region.

A pretty laid back yet enchanting Florence day tour, this area is known for its grain covered rolling hills, a lush green valley spanning the Orcia river and the vineyards for the wine they produce such as the Brunello and Val d’Orcia DOC.

Also known as Valdorcia, this part of Tuscany is home to some of the most stunning structures you’ll ever see such as the Palazzo Piccolomini, the fortress in Castiglion d’Orcia, and the Romanesque Abbey of Sant’ Antimo.

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6. Venice

Venice

One of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world is actually easily reached via rail from Florence, making it an ideal day trip. Made up of islands and a maze of winding canals, Venice is more than just the famous Gran Canale and gondola rides.

Even with the absence of roads, it is still pretty manageable to go from one attraction to another.

Make sure you check out Doge’s Palace, which is one of the most iconic Gothic buildings in all of Italy, as well as the gorgeous Piazza San Marco and Saint Mark’s Basilica.

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7. Lucca

Lucca

An ideal base for exploring the northern and central parts of Tuscany, Lucca is pretty accessible if you’re coming from Florence. This city is situated on the plains at the foot of the Apuan Alps, with most of its attractions showcasing its long history.

Check out the traces of a Roman amphitheater in the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, the archeological remains under the 12th-century church of Saints Giovanni and Reparata or the many towers and villas that date back to as early as the 12th century.

Lucca may look quite modern today, but the walls surrounding the old town were maintained as they are reminders of the city’s defense system many centuries ago.

A charming, historic place that’s as fascinating as it is picturesque, Lucca is one of the best day trips from Florence that you must try during your visit.

Other attractions that you must see in Lucca are the Basilica of San Frediano, the Piazza of San Michele with its beautiful Church of San Michele in Foro, the Guinigi Tower and the Clock Tower.

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8. Rome

Rome

The fascinating capital of Italy is about three hours by train from Florence so make sure you set out early. It’s bound to be a jam-packed day trip as you simply won’t just look at the sights spread all over this city, its stunning architecture deserves more than just a few photos.

Some of the definite must-visit when in Rome are the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Trevi Fountain. And most of these attractions in Rome are free.

If you want to see both magnificent architecture and exquisite art, then head on to the massive St. Peter’s Basilica as it will amaze you whether you’re a Catholic or not.

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9. Siena

Siena

The ancient city of Siena’s entire town center is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the popular day tours from Florence.

This town is best known for the horse race that runs in Piazza del Campo two days a year which is called Palio. Siena is also quite famous for its medieval architecture as seen in its cathedral, and stunning art showcased in the frescoes on Palazzo Civico.

A must visit in Siena is the Torre del Mangia, a tower of 400 steps that offers scenic views of the town as well as the surrounding hills.

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10. Pisa

Pisa

Home to the Leaning Tower, Pisa is one of the most visited destinations in Italy. It is one of the most easily accessible Florence day trips, and its strange leaning tower is definitely among this town’s major draws.

That famous structure would’ve been a 185 feet high bell tower had it not started to lean during construction. There’s more to see in Pisa, however, as you’ll find that in Piazza Dei Miracoli there’s a Cathedral and baptistery attached to the tower that’s also worth visiting.

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10 Best Day Trips from Oslo, Norway

‪Oslo is the culturally rich and diverse Norwegian capital that’s also surrounded by fjords and nearly unspoilt forest. There’s a lot to see here from its distinct architecture to historic structures and museums, and you do not even have to go far to commune with nature as it has lots of green spaces. However, Norway has got more to offer and a good number of them are easily accessed from Oslo and can be explored within several hours. Here’s some of those places that will surely get you out if Oslo, even for a day. ‬

10 Best Day Trips from Oslo, Norway


1. Oslo Fjords

Oslo Fjords

No trip to Oslo is complete without exploring its fjords, and the best way to do it is on foot or on a cruise that takes you through the stunning bodies of water that surrounds a good part of the Norwegian capital. A cruise tour of the fjords allow you to see most of the attractions on a completely different perspective, stopping at certain destinations for you to fully enjoy them. Make sure you join a guided tour that’ll take you to Vigeland Park with its 200 bronze and granite statues, or the FRAM Museum to see the polar ship farm. Enjoy the relaxing cruise and take in the idyllic scenery as you get to know more of Norway’s capital in one of the best day tours from Oslo. 

Opening Hours

January–March: (Monday–Saturday) 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM  (Sunday) 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
April: (Monday–Saturday) 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Sunday) 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Easter: 15–22 April: (Every day) 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
May–June: (Monday–Sunday) 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
July–August: (Monday–Saturday) 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Sunday) 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Admission Fee

Adults – 24 hours:    445 NOK (≈ 46 EUR)  48 hours: 655 NOK (≈ 67 EUR)  72 hours: 820 NOK (≈ 84 EUR)

Children- 24 hours:    235 NOK (≈ 24 EUR)  48 hours: 325 NOK (≈ 33 EUR)   72 hours: 410 NOK (≈ 42 EUR)

Seniors- 24 hours:    355 NOK (≈ 36 EUR)  48 hours: 520 NOK (≈ 53 EUR)  72 hours: 655 NOK (≈ 67 EUR)

Contact Information

Address: OSLOFJORDEN, OSLO, NORWAY

Email: POST@VISITOSLOFJORD.NET

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2. Oslo off the beaten path

When in Oslo and you want to try something apart from exploring its lovely cityscapes, try renting a bike and wander through side streets and alleys to discover some of the city’s hidden gems. Follow the bike path at the Akerselva River to enjoy nature right at the heart of the city. Sample Norwegian food at the Mathallen indoor food market, and make sure you buy some brown cheese. Cycle through interesting neighborhoods like the hippie Grünerløkka or the historic and culturally diverse Grønland. By late afternoon, you’d be craving for something different from your Oslo day tour so climb up the modern Opera and enjoy stunning views of the city you just explored on a bike for the past few hours, against the backdrop of the setting sun or early evening sky. 

Contact Information

Phone: +47.41266496

Address: NEDRE SLOTTSGATE 4, 0157 OSLO

Email: INFO@VIKINGBIKING.COM

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3. Pulpit Rock / Preikestolen

Pulpit Rock / Preikestolen

Only a few hours from the Norway capital is something for the more active, adventurous type. The spectacular Pulpit Rock or Preikestolen is a moderate hike that takes a couple of hours to complete the six-kilometer ascent to the cliff. On top, you are rewarded with a stunning view ever the Lysefjord and nearby areas. It’s quite an unforgettable experience as you’ll also be standing on the exact location of the dramatic opening sequence of the latest Mission: Impossible film. 

Opening Hours

Jun 22, 2019 – Aug 25, 2019
Daily1:00 PM–5:00 PM

Contact Information

Address: Fjord Norge AS Torggaten 3, 5014 Bergen, Norway

Email: nfo@fjordnorway.com

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4. Oslomarka

Spend a day at the hills, about 500 meters above the city and enjoy some relaxing time in Marka, Europe’s largest urban forest. While there, you also get to experience unparalleled views of Oslo and its fjords. You can navigate this urban paradise on foot, or you can rent a bike and cycle around. Marka has so many lakes that you can either just relax by the shore, or even swim. This Oslo day trip also takes you to Frognerseteren where you can admire 29yh century Norwegian buildings and monuments, as well as Vettakollen, a lookout point that has some of the best views over the city. 

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5. Bygdøy / Viking Ships Museum

Bygdøy / Viking Ships Museum

A part of Oslo’s Museum of Cultural History, the fascinating Viking Ships Museum has the best-preserved Viking ships in the world. It is located in the Bygdøy peninsula just four miles west of Oslo, this museum also houses a variety of finds from Viking tombs in fjords of Oslo. One of the most interesting day trips from Oslo, a visit to this museum as well as to other attractions in the Bygdøy peninsula shouldn’t be missed. It is pretty accessible by car or public transport, and offers interesting places to visit. Apart from the Viking Ships, Bygdøy also has pristine beaches, forests perfect for hiking, lakes and parks. Even if Bygdøy is home to other attractions such as the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities in Norway and the organic farm Royal Manor, the place remains pretty much unspoiled, making it an ideal place for a quick break from the city hustle. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday – 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Admission Fee

Under 18 years Free entrance 0.00
Adults Admission 100.00
Senior/Student Admission 80.00
Groups min. 10 pers. Per person 50.00

Contact Information

Phone:+47 22 85 66 66

Address: University of OsloP.O. Box 1072 Blindern 0316 Oslo

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6. Kristiansand

Kristiansand

As the biggest city in the south of Norway, Kristiansand gets a yearly influx of visitors. It is a popular family destination and holiday resort, making it one of the best day trips from Oslo.

This charming town prides itself on its beaches, as well as its vibrant cultural scene. It is also a known shopping destination and a family-friendly place with one of the best parks in the country and a zoo. Kristiansand also serves as a gateway to the villages in the southern coast of Norway and the inland region of Setesdalen.

Contact Information

Phone: 47 38 00 60 00

Address: Gravane 4 P. O. Box 114 Kristiansand 4662 Norway

Email: post@kristiansand-havn.no

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7. Drøbak Christmas Town

From Oslo, you can reach Drøbak via a 50-minute bus ride but if you want to fully experience the sights, most suggest to take the boat which takes an hour and a half. A boat ride costs less also, which makes it an even more worthwhile day trip from Oslo. On the boat, you get to tour the Oslofjord and enjoy the fantastic scenery. 

Drøbak locals take pride in their town!s beaches, fresh seafood and Christmas village, but the majority of tourists go here for the Oscarsborg. It was a fortress that held off German troops during the second world war and is open to the public for tours. You can wander through the grounds, visit the old castle and check out the museum. Make sure you visit the Drøbak Town Square, which is a good place to shop. It hosts a massive open-air market during summer and a Christmas market every December. Another must-visit is the Drøbak Aquarium, which is adjacent to the Tourist Information Center. This aquarium is open all year round and features marine life that’s native to the Drøbak Strait.

Opening Hours

All Year
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Jan 1, 2019 – Dec 31, 2020
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri9:00 AM–4:00 PM

Contact Information

Phone: +47 64935087

Address: 0158 Oslo, Norway

Email: tom.kristiansen@frogn.kommune.no

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8. Holmenkollen

Holmenkollen

Located in the northwestern part of Oslo is Norway’s most popular ski attraction: the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Situated in the stunning wooded hills, the structure provides visitors the chance to learn Norway’s ski history, encourages them to try the ski jump via a simulator and enjoy the panoramic views of Oslo from the hills. You can stop by Holmenkollen if you’re going to or from Oslomarka as it’s on the way, but it’s recommended to spend more than just a couple of hours here because the place is packed with things to do and see. It’s a fun, interesting place and definitely one of the best Oslo days trips you’ll experience. 

Opening Hours

October – April  10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

May and September 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

June, July and August 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

There will be shorter opening hours on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and 17.May.

Admission Fee

Adult 140 NOK

Child 70 NOK (6- 18 year)

Family 350 NOK (2 adults and 2 children)

Student/Senior: 120 NOK

Guide 1200 KR (needs to be pre-booked)

Contact Information

Phone: +47 91671947

Address: Kongeveien 5, Oslo

Email: post@skiforeningen.no

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9. Grünerløkka

Grünerløkka

Get acquainted with a different but fascinating side of Oslo and explore its Bohemian neighbored Grünerløkka. Originally an industrial hub teeming with factory workers, this area is now a cultural hotspot for trendy young locals. The streets are lined with a variety of boutiques, quirky cafes, restaurants that serve international cuisine and a vibrant bar scene. During weekends, shops close as the Grünerløkka park hosts an antique market that’s another must-see in Oslo. 

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10. Gressholmen, Lindøya and Hovedøya Islands

Gressholmen, Lindøya and Hovedøya Islands

A unique day tour from Oslo where you get to combine sn impromptu history lesson with a fun visit to the islands is through a visit to Gressholmen, Lindøya, and Hovedøya. Usually all part of a guided tour, this is a great way to know more about Oslo and the rest of Norway. Gressholmen is where you’ll find a nature park with lush forestry, dramatic cliffs, and pristine beaches. Lindoya, meanwhile, is a picturesque island village with traditional wooden houses and pretty gardens, with lush hills and quiet beaches where you can relax and enjoy the scenery. Lastly, the main island of Hovedoya is one that’s rich in ancient history. It has well-preserved ruins. rocky beaches and lookout points that offers magnificent views over the nearby Oslo as well as its surrounding islands.

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10 Best Day Trips from Reykjavik, Iceland 

‪Iceland has to be one of those countries with the most stunning landscapes, it’s almost otherworldly. It’s capital city, meanwhile, is an interesting hotspot for culture and the arts, as evident in the many quirky yet intriguing structures around the city.

Reykjavik is also an ideal starting point if you want to explore Iceland, because its close to most of the country’s iconic attractions like the Blue Lagoon or Sifra. Pack your bags and sturdy shoes, and cross out each item in this list of some of the best day trips from Reykjavik, Iceland. ‬

10 Best Day Trips from Reykjavik, Iceland

1. Landmannalaugar: The Pearl of the Highlands

Landmannalaugar The Pearl of the Highlands

It can be pretty challenging and it’s not easily accessible, but Landmannalaugar remains to be one of the best day trips from Reykjavik. The landscape is often described as otherworldly — with colorful mountains and smoking hillsides, accessed by a hike across massive, ash-covered plains. The hike can be strenuous as you’ll have to walk on lava fields but well worth it as you get to see and experience the stunning Icelandic highlands.

Going to Landmannalaugar from Reykjavik takes almost four hours each way so make sure you plan your trip as well as the means to get to the area for your convenience. 

Opening Hours

open every day From 8:00 am – 7:00 pm GTM.

Contact Information

Phone:+354 8632139

Address: Mánatún 17, 105 Reykjavík Iceland

Email: info@hiticeland.com

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2. South Coast

South Coast

You can’t be in Iceland and not visit the South Coast. It is an iconic region and with good reason. Just a little over two hours from the capital, this is such an ideal Reykjavik day trip as there’s a lot to see and do, With its black sand beaches, ocean views and waterfalls, the South Coast remains on top of the most-visited parts of Iceland. Even the scenic drive to Vik, the southernmost village in the region should be something to look forward to. Once there, make sure you visit the Seljalandsfoss, which is a waterfall you can walk behind and the picture-perfect Skogafoss. Not to be missed is the Dyrholaey‘s dramatic cliffs and sea arch, and the Reynisdranger Black Sand Beach with its basalt sea stacks. 

Opening Hours

April – May: 8:30 – 8:00
June – March: 8:30 – 10:00

Contact Information

Phone: +354-551-3600

Address: Laugavegur 5, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland 

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3. Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Snaefellsnes Peninsula is located about two hours to the Northwest of Reyjkavik, which makes it pretty accessible for a day trip. There’s so much of Iceland’s diverse natural wonders to see here, such as the Kirkjufell which is the perfect backdrop for the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall. The place is very scenic and there’s more to explore like the Snæfellsjökull Glacier, which can be hiked on a good weather. Snaefellsnes is also home to the Búðir Church, a 19th-century century wooden structure, Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum and the Gerðuberg basalt columns that juts out of the peninsula’s landscape. 

Opening Hours

1st June – 30th September 10:00 – 17:00 (weekdays)
10:00 – 17:00 (Saturdays)
10:00 – 17:00 (Sundays)
1st October – 31st May 11:00 – 16:00 (on weekdays) and closed on weekends.

Contact Information

Phone: +354-6932150

Address:  12 Skógarhlíð, 105 Reykjavík Iceland.

Email: info@anothericeland.com

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4. Golden Circle

golden circle

Going to the Golden Circle from Reykjavik maybe a bit longer than most day trips but it’s well worth it. It’s also quite popular and definitely one of those Reykjavik day tours that you simply must try. There are guided tours on offer but if you want to explore at your own oace, it’s also recommended to do so. While there, you should check out the Thingvellier National Park, which is the first in Iceland and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, you should see the Geysir, a geothermal area with geysers and mud pots. After that, make sure you visit the magnificent Gullfoss waterfalls, which is said to have prompted the people behind ‘Game of Thrones’ to film certain scenes in Iceland. 

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5. Skaftafell National Park

Skaftafell National Park

If you’re in Iceland and want to really experience its natural beauty and not just see it, the perfect activity would be to go on a hiking tour in one of its diverse national parks. Skaftafell has scenic landscapes, hiking trails, and generally good weather most times of the year. Close to the capital, this is a worthwhile day tour from Reykjavik with a variety of natural wonders unique to Iceland all in a day full of hiking, exploring and enjoying the scenery. Pack your hiking gear and set out early to experience Skaftafell. Most hiking trails are short, but they’d take you to some amazing places such as the Svartifoss waterfall and the Skaftafellsjökull glacier, or if you want to head further out the Morsárdalur valley. This park is also the ideal base if you want to climb Iceland‘s highest mountain peak, the Hvannadalshnjúkur.

Opening Hours

January – February: 10-18
March-May: 9-18
June – August: 8-19
September – October: 9-18
November – December: 10-18

Contact Information

Phone: +354 4708300

Address: Vatnajökull National Park Skaftafellsstofa 785 Öraefi ICELAND

Email:skaftafell@vjp.is

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6. Game of Thrones Locations

Iceland’s diverse, dramatic landscape provided the perfect backdrop for some of the most memorable scenes in the hit HBO fantasy series, Game of Thrones. Relive those scenes right where they happened, in one of the best day tours from Reykjavik. See the places where Drogon the dragon hunted for goats, or where the Hound and Brienne of Tarth fought for Arya or the narrow passageway to the Eyrie called the Bloody Gate.

Most of these scenes are held in national parks which are also UNESCO World Heritage sites, magnificent waterfalls, in valleys and rustic villages that you’ll easily find whether you join a tour or explore on your own.

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7. Blue Lagoon

blue lagoon

A perfect treat after all the exploring, hiking and climbing through Iceland’s rough, dramatic landscapes is a dip at the legendary Blue Lagoon. Located close to Iceland’s main airport and accessible from the capital, this is an ideal Reykjavik day trip. The Blue Lagoon is massive, a geothermally treated pool that has a pristine blue color. Here, you can just relax, enjoy the surrounding scenery ir smear mud on your face which is said to have some healing properties. Around the lagoon, there are accommodations and restaurants if you want to stay longer. It is recommended to book your visit in advance though to avail of packages and for your convenience. 

Opening Hours

21-23 December   8:00 – 9:00
  24 December   8:00 – 3:00
  25 December   8:00 – 4:00
  26-30 December   8:00 – 9:00
  31 December   8:00 – 5:00
  1 January   8:00 – 9:00

Admission Fee

4800 ISK or 35 Euros.

Contact Information

Phone: +354 519 79 99

Address:Borgartún 26 105 Reykjavík

Email: info@guidetoiceland.is

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8. Silfra

Silfra

A unique ue day trip from Reykjavik that you must try is Sifra. It’s basically a crack between two tectonic plates where you can swim, snorkel or if you have a license, you can dive. These plates are the Eurasian and North American plates, found at the Þingvallavatn lake in Þingvellir National Park. It can be reached in just an hour by hus from Reykjavik. There is no actual marine life in the crack but the water in Sifra is so clear you can see for miles underneath, where it’s mostly rocks. The water is so clean you can actually drink it. It’s freezing cold though but the tour operators provide visitors with waterproof dry and wet suits for protection. 

Admission Fee

entrance fee (1000 ISK)

Contact Information

Phone: +354-519-3777

Address: Iceland Adventure Tours  Reiđvađ 7 110 Reykjavík, Iceland

Email:

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9. Thrihnukagigur Volcano

Thrihnukagigur Volcano

A unique day trip from Reykjavik that quite literally takes you to the center of the earth, a visit to Thrihnukagigur Volcano shouldn’t be missed. Close to the Icelandic capital, Thrihnukagigur’s original Icelandic name is the hard to pronounce ‘Þríhnúkagígur’ which means ‘three peaks crater. The dormant volcano indeed has three craters, and visitors can actually descend through one of those craters in an elevator that descends into the magma chamber. Thrihnukagigur is the only volcano in the world that provides visitors with this one of a kind experience and definitely something you shouldn’t miss if you’re in Reykjavik. 

Contact Information

Phone: +354 519 5609

Address: Skútuvogur 2, IS-104 Reykjavik

Email: info@insidethevolcano.com

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10. Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Seeing the Aurora Borealis or the mystical Northern Lights is part of almost everyone’s must experience when in Iceland. Around its capital Reykjavik, there are tour operators that organize trips and it’s recommended to join one as the package includes a local guide. A local guide is useful because they know the best places to see the Northern lights, which is ideally a vast, open space with very minimal light pollution. Each tour also guarantees that if there are no northern lights on that night, they give a free ticket for the next night. The best time for aurora borealis sightings are during months outside of the summer season. 

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sat-Sun: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Contact Information

Phone: +354 490 6006

Address: Flugvallarbraut 752 235 Reykjanesbær, Iceland

Email: info@deluxeiceland.is

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9 Best Day Trips From Osaka, Japan

Located in Western Japan or Kansai region is Osaka, a fascinating city rich in culture and history, a wealth of attractions and unique experiences. You can’t just get enough of Osaka, but the Kansai region has so much to offer, and it prides itself as being worlds apart from Tokyo in the east.

Visit the country’s most beautiful castle, an island connected by a bridge, mystical castle ruins and a city that seems trapped in time. Leave Osaka for a day and you’ll see another side of Japan. Here are some of the best places you can acquaint yourself with, all just a train ride away from Osaka.

9 Best Day Trips From Osaka, Japan

best day trips from osaka

1. Kyoto

Kyoto

About 25 miles northeast of Osaka, Kyoto is the cultural capital of Japan and a must-visit destination. The bullet train from Osaka reaches Kyoto in 14 minutes, or 25 minutes if you take the rapid service rail. Head off early and prepare for a jam-packed but unforgettable day of exploring Kyoto’s unique attractions and sampling the local cuisine.

Kyoto’s 1,600 temples and Shinto shrines are an important part of the city and its culture, and it’s a must to visit at least a few of these.

There’s also the rich history associated with Nijo Castle and the Imperial Palace, the food at Nishiki market, the geisha culture, the impressive gardens and parks, and the traditional arts. And a trip to Kyoto isn’t n complete without visiting the breathtaking Arashiyama Bamboo Forest.

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2. Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

The magnificent Himeji Castle, also known as Shirasagi, is one of the prettiest castles in the country and is regarded as a national treasure. Also called the White Heron Castle, this is one day tour from Osaka that’s not to be missed. To reach Himeji from Osaka, either hop on the Shinkansen which takes around 35 minutes, or the local train which takes roughly an hour.

The stunning castle that we see now has been through a lot – fires, wars and earthquakes, and a significant restoration before re-opening in 2015. The towers built in traditional Japanese feudal style is quite stunning, and the building is like a Japanese version of a fairytale castle.

The massive complex has over 80 buildings and many acres of parkland surrounding it. It also has a massive garden that you can explore at your own leisure.

3. Hiroshima

Still, a lenghty trip even via high-speed rail at almost three hours, a trip to Hiroshima is still worth the time. A rather sobering, but inspiring day trip from Osaka, it’s hard to believe now that this beautiful city had a dark history. It will forever be remembered as being where the first atomic bomb was dropped on August 6th, 1945.

Today, Hiroshima is known as the world’s “peace capital” because of the many attractions focusing on this devastating historic event, and the need to ensure it never happens again.

A must visit is the picturesque Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, the Peace Memorial Museum; the Memorial Cenotaph; the Flame of Peace; and the famous Atom Bomb Dome, with its ruins of the old Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Make sure you also try the city’s version of the Okonomiyaki, which has quite a unique twist on its ingredients.

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4. Awaji Island

Awaji Island

Awaji Island is attached to Akashi City by the world’s longest suspension bridge: the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. An hour via a combined train ride train from Osaka and ferry from Akashi, this small island provides visitors with so much to see and do.

There are the natural hot springs and centuries-old castle in Sumoto, the main city. You can also explore the Awaji Yumebutai which has the largest greenhouse in Japan, built on the excavation sites for the Kansai International Airport.

Down south is the town of Fukura where you can catch a ferry to see the Naruto whirlpools and Naruto Bridge. Another must-see is the Awaji Joruri Puppet Theater which displays the island’s tradition of Ningyo Joruri puppet theater.

5. Wakayama

Usually a stop-off for people on the way to hike the Kumano Kodo or view the Nachi Falls, Wakayama is a city that also deserves a day of exploration. It is a unique day tour from Osaka that showcases another side of Japan, an hour and a half away by rail. Make sure you see the castle tower at the city center, then stroll through Oda Park which has plenty of temples and shrines to visit.

Have lunch and some unusual entertainment by checking out the tuna-filleting displays which happen three times a day at Kuroshio Market. Try out some fresh seafood at the many restaurants there and take home some.

If you want to head out of town for the afternoon, hop on a short train ride to Kada to see its National Park which has a free shuttle bus that will tour you around to see onsen that’s set against picture-perfect scenery.

Or you may take the train to Kishi to meet the world-famous train station cat Nitama. This takes 35 minutes from Wakayama and has some picture perfect views on the way.

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6. Tokyo

Tokyo

Over two hours via shinkansen might be lengthy, but Tokyo is a worthwhile day trip from Osaka. Set out early and get ready for a long day. Tokyo is a colorful, friendly city, and a lovely mix of fascinating history, architecture, culture, technology, and great food. Only a whole day in here sounds like it’s impossible to fully experience it, but it can be done.

When you arrive, get a hearty breakfast at Tsukiji Market, which is also a great place for a morning stroll. Get a glimpse of history and culture in the Sensoji temple and the vibrant nNakimase Dori street. Head up the Tokyo Skytree for stunning views of the city, or just a good distance away to get a nice photo. Walk around the Yoyogi Park and Meiji Temple, where you might even catch a wedding procession.

Make sure you try some bento lunch, which you can even get from a convenience store. Tokyo streets and districts have their own distinct personality so it’s a must to see them.

Akihabara for all things techie, Ginza for shopping, Shibuya to witness the mad scramble during rush hour and Takeshita Street for the animé vibe. As evening comes, buy some Tokyo souvenirs or have dinner in Shinjuku then marvel at the vibrant neon signs along the street. That’s got to be the best way to end your day, something that’s undeniably Tokyo.

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7. Nara

Relatively remote by Japanese standards, Nara is a historic city that’s less than an hour by train from Osaka. Looking as if untouched by time, Nara’s many fine old buildings and streets makes it a unique day trip from Osaka. It’s home to the historic Nijo Castle, as well as many temples and shrines.

Another must visit is the Todai-ji temple, which is a Unesco World Heritage site. Todai-ji is home to the Big Buddha Hall, and the largest bronze Great Buddha statues ever built. The area around Todai-ji is flourishing with museums, monuments, and temples, all of which are worth the visit. Take a break and enjoy some snacks at the massive Nara Park, which you can share with one or two of its 200 deers. If you’re into some strange adventure, check out the desolate Nara amusement park, a popular destination for those into abandoned places.

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8. Takeda Castle ruins

 

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An ideal excursion for the more active types who want to go somewhere different is a hike into the mystical remains of Takeda Castle. Constructed in 1411, it was abandoned during the battle of Sekigahara in 1600. It eventually fell into disrepair before it was restored during the 1980s.

It is now open to the public and one of the most magical Osaka day trips. Often surrounded by mist and known as the “castle in the sky”, it is especially beautiful when the mist appears. There are no actual buildings still in the site, but you can see the layout of the fortress and surrounding wings.

Getting to the castle ruins involves 40 minutes of intense hiking, but well worth it once you reach the top. From March to November you can catch a bus that will take you to a point 20 minutes from the castle, so make sure you check the schedules. Takeda castle ruins are reached via rail from Osaka which takes around a couple of hours so make sure you go early.

9. Kobe

A port town that’s best known for its beef and sake, Kobe has long been a melting pot of cultures and culinary marvels. About 15 minutes via shinkansen or 30 minutes via private rail, this is one exciting Osaka day tour you shouldn’t miss. Kobe is a small city where most attractions are within walking distance from one another.

Make sure to visit Kobe Maritime Museum, which has a great collection of amazing quality model ships. There’s also the Kobe City Hall where you can enjoy some great views of the city, completely free of charge.

Check out the Animal Kingdom in Kobe, which is a modern version of wildlife in the city where animals walk free (excluding lions, bears, elephants, etc.). Kobe also has a thriving China Town, which is so developed due to Kobe being a key Japanese port.

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12 Best Day Trips From New Orleans, Louisiana

The birthplace of jazz and home to the Mardi Gras, New Orleans boasts of a number of diverse attractions and fun things to do. A city rich in history and culture, fully exploring New Orleans may take most of your time while you’re there. But how about venturing out for a day to see more of Louisiana and its neighboring states? Most are just quick drives away, and you can already be somewhat completely different. Go gator spying in otherworldly swamps, soak up the sun in one of the best beaches in the country, get inside a NASA facility, a glimpse of history in a plantation and even a safari experience. Check out some of the best day trips from New Orleans and make sure you include them in your itinerary.

12 Best Day Trips From New Orleans, Louisiana

1. Shell Beach, LA

Shell Beach, LA

Located in Southeast Louisiana, Shell Beach is a bit remote and best for just relaxing, chilling, and fishing. There aren’t any hotels here, which makes it a perfect New Orleans day trip. Just an hour away from the Big Easy, Shell Beach is situated on the Gulf Outlet Canal near Lake Borgne. Enjoy the peace and quiet and scenic views with each turn, a perfect respite from exploring the city. Make sure you visit the nearby Bayou Segnette State Park if you want to go boating, swimming, and canoeing.

2. The Louisiana Bayous

The Louisiana Bayous

There are bayous right in New Orleans, most of them part of some of its parks, and there’s more scattered all over the Louisiana state. Most are just quick drives away, which makes for a great day trip from New Orleans.

Head into the depths of Cajun Country, explore the stunning wetlands and even get lost in some of the more interesting history and myths about each of them, like the otherworldly Manchac Swamp with its distinctive flora and fauna. Bayous are best explored in the waters, so make sure you book a boat trip and hire experienced guides.

Best seen by water, be sure to book a boat trip through the bayous. Drift dreamily through the murky wetlands, and watch out for the amazing animals concealed amongst the foliage. Keep an eye out for alligators, snakes, and deer and listen to myths and legends of the area as told by experienced captains who can navigate the waterways even with their eyes closed

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3. Spot Gators at Honey Island Swamp

Spot Gators at Honey Island Swamp

Louisiana has a great number of bayous with unique indigenous plant and marine life you can explore. A good number of those who visit these places, however, are there to spot gators. Honey Island Swamp northeast of the Big Easy is one of those perfect for gator spying, and it’s just 45 minutes away by car. Check out gators in their natural habitat, but make sure you take a professional with you for safety reasons. The area has plenty of guides that would love to go with you through the wonders of the swampy bayous of Honey Island Swamp in a flat-bottom boat or airboat.

4. Lake Charles

The picturesque Lake Charles is just a few hours away from New Orleans and it’s got everything for a perfect day trip.  Here, you can enjoy delicious food, lively nightlife and great expanses of stunning nature. Lake Charles also hosts many festivals every year, where you get to experience a different side to Louisiana’s diverse culture.

The city is also home to the largest Mardi Gras Museum in the world, featuring bright costumes and floats on display. Surrounded by gorgeous wetlands, you can also explore and see a different side of Lake Charles via a boat trip on its waters.

5. John C. Stennis Space / INFINITY Science Visitors Center, MS

John C. Stennis Space / INFINITY Science Visitors Center, MS

Just over the border from Louisiana and a quick one hour drive, this Mississippi NASA site makes for a fun day tour from New Orleans. The Stennis Center is restricted access though, so if you can’t get in, check out the adjacent INFINITY Science Visitors. This place offers massive exhibits as well as the opportunity to actually go check out the top-secret NASA facility next door, while on a guided tour.

6. Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Regarded as one of the best beaches in the country, Pensacola is just an easy three-hour drive from the Big Easy. It’s a nice day trip from New Orleans if you wish to be somewhere different for a day. Here, you can soak up the sun, enjoy the clear blue waters and white sand. It’s near the Gulf Islands National Seashore where you can hike through salt marshes, kayak, bird walk and it’s also a great location for stargazing. Make sure you check out Pensacola’s thriving arts community, with its symphonies, ballets, and a rock ‘n roll music hall. There’s also a lot of art galleries and museums you can visit in between hanging out at the beach.

7. Whitney Plantation

 

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Plantation touring can be a sensitive subject, but the Whitney Plantation is specifically geared to educate the public about the lives of slaves and the institution of slavery. A sobering New Orleans day trip that’s meant to inform and enlighten, a visit here is bound to be unforgettable. You can wander through the visitor center exhibits on your own, but if you want to see the plantation grounds in full, you’d have to plan ahead and book online. The Whitney Plantation is 45 miles West of New Orleans, and about a one-hour drive away.

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8. Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge

New Orleans may be the popular city but the capital of Louisiana is actually Baton Rouge. This capital city has a lot to offer — delicious Southern cuisine, interesting museums, amusement parks and more. There’s just a diverse range of activities for you to explore here. Make sure you check out the Louisiana Art and Science Museum, which has great exhibitions on show. There’s also the African American Museum for those looking to learn more about the local Louisiana culture. If you’re up for something exciting, head to the Blue Bayou Water Park and get on the massive Conja water slide.

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9. Abita Springs, LA

Abita Springs, LA

Home to Abita Brewing, which is Louisiana’s oldest and largest brewery, Abita Springs is an easy day trip from New Orleans as it’s just an hour drive away. Located 45 miles north, the small, the sleepy town has park and trailhead that’s perfect for easy strolls and relaxing. It also has a historic pavilion and museum that you can visit. Although the eponymous springs no longer flow freely above ground, this water is used to make the beer-making this town and the brewery famous.

The town is also home to the Abita Mystery House. It’s a converted gas station which houses a lot of random and strange things.  It’s like walking into a hoarder’s apartment, only all the that’s inside are really cool to look at.

10. Atchafalaya National Heritage Area

The largest river swamp in the USA, the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area has endless waterways and a number of diverse ecosystems. Just over two hours outside of the city, this is an ideal day trip if you want to explore Louisiana’s swamps. Whether by foot or on a bike, the park has trails and paths you can weave through. You can also take to the water and paddle your way among the submerged trees. Make sure you have your camera with you, as Atchafalaya has some mesmerizing landscapes and dramatic sceneries.

11. Gulfport/Biloxi/Ocean Springs, MS

Just an hour and a half drive from New Orleans, you’ll reach some gorgeous Mississippi coastal towns. Each town has its own distinct personality and things to offer that makes for a fun day trip from New Orleans. Check out one of the area’s many oceanside casinos, including the luxe Beau Rivage in Biloxi, just to have a feel of the scene. If you’re craving for some local beer, there’s  Crooked Letter in Ocean Springs or Mississippi Brewing Company in Gulfport. For some unique art and architecture, go check out the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi which features the work of “The Mad Potter of Biloxi,” George Ohr, housed in a Frank Gehry-designed building. After all, that town-hopping hit the sand anywhere on that stretch and relax before heading back to New Orleans.

12. Global Wildlife Safari

Global Wildlife Safari

A perfect New Orleans day trip for animal lovers is found in Folsom, Louisiana. The 900-acre Global Wildlife Center is the largest totally free-roaming wildlife reserve of its kind in the country. This massive sanctuary is home to over 4,000 exotic, endangered, and threatened animals from all over the world.  When you visit, you’ll come face to face with bison, giraffes, zebras, camels, eland, and more. You’re guaranteed a fun day here where you get to experience safari without leaving Louisiana.

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12 Best Day Trips from Savannah, Georgia

Known as “the hostess of the South”, the beautiful city of Savannah is one of Georgia’s most charming destinations, and with its trademark southern hospitality, it seems like you can just stay here during your trip. However, Savannah is also close to and surrounded by a number of equally wonderful destinations – from riverside parks to gorgeous islands, headlands, and beaches to a bustling metropolis. Most are just quick drives from downtown Savannah, and worthy to spend a day in. Here’s a list of some of those destinations to help you plan perfect day trips from Savannah, Georgia.

12 Best Day Trips from Savannah

day trips from Savannah

1. Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

 

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A 10-minute drive across the river from downtown Savannah quite literally takes you into the wild. Welcome to Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, a former site of rice plantations in the 1800s and now a wide expanse of woodland and marsh. The place is ideal for a scenic drive, a canoe ride, a picnic, and checking out a variety of animals — making it one of the best day trips from Savannah.

Here you can spot alligators, and sightings are almost guaranteed. There are also bald eagles and otters, deer and squirrels and if you’re lucky you might just see the rare feral hog. You can also hike along the scenic trails which are well marked, so there’s little danger of getting lost.

2. Golden Isles

Golden Isles is made up of the barrier islands to the south of Georgia that juts into the Atlantic. These make up the gorgeous coastline that has secluded sandy beaches and beautiful, ancient forests. The most popular and easily accessible islands are Jekyll Island, St Simons Island and Sea Island. A great day trip from Savannah, this place is easily reached via a short drive where you’ll pass by stunning scenery down the coast. Make sure you check out one of the best spots known as Driftwood Beach, named after the intriguing arrangements of driftwood that can be found there.

3. Bluffton, South Carolina

 

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Bluffton in South Carolina is less than an hour by car northeast from Savannah and the place to be if you want to enjoy a relaxing but filling day, as this place is a hot spot for good food. Bluffton is situated along the May River and a place that exemplifies the heart of Lowcountry river town living.  This quaint town depends on the river for much of its livelihood which includes seafood markets and oyster farms.

The streets of Bluffton are lined with shops selling things like creations from local artists as well as fun Lowcountry souvenirs. There are also a few small craft breweries around town, such as Salt Marsh Brewing which also shares a space with a great burger joint called Fat Patties.

4. Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island

Crossing the border into South Carolina, you’ll find Hilton Head Island. It’s only 40 minutes from the city of Savannah, this is the ideal day trip if you’re looking for a nice place to both relax and enjoy.

The island has some of the best beaches in the country, as well as some of the best golf courses in the world. Head on to the popular Coligny Beach, where you can enjoy a game of volleyball, rent bikes, or simply relax at one of the many seafront bars.

5. Skidaway Island

Skidaway Island

Skidaway Island is only 25 minutes away from downtown Savannah, a great day excursion as it has so much to offer. It is home to the wildlife-laden Skidaway Island State Park, which is strangely situated on salt flats and marshlands slightly inland from the coast.

Deers and waterfowls and crabs are just among to see in Skidaway and you can observe them from the various trails and viewing platforms built around the state park.

6. Palmetto Bluff, SC

 

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A more upscale community situated among thousands of acres of wild forest, Palmetto Bluff is divided into various neighborhoods of luxury homes. Check out the activities along the May River such as canoeing, paddleboarding, fishing charters and trips on the resort’s ow antique motor yacht, “Grace.”

You can ride bikes or golf carts while exploring Palmetto Bluff, where you can see tree houses nestled in the woods. There are also tennis and croquet clubs, or you can just wander through the scenic trails that wind through the forest.

7. Tybee Island

Savannah may be short on great beach areas, but you can always go on a thirty-minute drive to Tybee Island. An easy day tour from Savannah, Tybee has wide beaches, fun restaurants, and bars spread in its cozy downtown.

A popular stop is The Original Crab Shack,  located off a side street from the main highway, which also has a gator pond you can look at. Closer to the main pier are other fun dining options, or you can buy some light drinks to go which you can bring while you stroll along the beach.

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8. Atlanta

Atlanta

One of the more exciting days trips from Savannah, a visit to vibrant Atlanta should be on your list. It’s a city that still resonates with that unmistakeable southern spirit and hospitality, and just a three-hour drive from Savannah so make sure you set out early.

Atlanta offers everything, from its diverse food scene to probably one of the most dynamic arts cultures in the southeast. The city also has music for practically every taste, it’s impossible not to stay entertained while in Atlanta, even for a day.

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9. Beaufort, SC

Beaufort, SC

A gorgeous waterfront town that’s rich in history, Beaufort is the second oldest town in South Carolina. You can download a map and go on a self-guided tour but it’s best to hire a local to take you around. Visit and marvel at stately homes and hear the intriguing stories behind each one. Walk through avenues lined with live oak trees, with moss dramatically hanging in them. You may also check out activities such as sports fishing and horseback riding.

10. Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

Located northeast of Savannah is the charming town of Charleston. Steeped in history, the town is home to beautiful colonial architecture, particularly in some of its churches, such as the gorgeous Huguenot Church. It’s a nice day trip from Savannah if you want to experience being in another town in Georgia. Stroll through the Waterfront Park and admire the picturesque fountains. There’s also Folly Beach if you want to relax on the sand after exploring the town. Also called  “the edge of America” here is where you’ll find surf spots and quaint bars.

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11. Francis Marion National Forest

Francis Marion National Forest

Less than three of hours drive from Savannah is the Francis Marion National Forest — named after a revolutionary war hero. This haven shares the same coastline as Savannah and where you’ll find done stunning natural wonders – mountains, waterways, and waterfalls that are all easily reached through hiking, biking or rafting down the Chattooga River.

12. Isle of Hope

Isle of Hope Savannah

Originally a summer resort for the wealthy in the 1840s, the charming community of Isle of Hope is now a showcase of rural antebellum life. About 10 miles south of downtown, Isle of Hope is the perfect place for a lazy afternoon stroll, an ideal Savannah day trip if you want to just relax. The place is home to authentically restored cottages and beautiful homes, as well as the best views of the Wilmington River.

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9 Best Day Trips From Kyoto, Japan

A wonderful base from which to go on fun day trips to some interesting destinations nearby, Kyoto is also one of Japan’s largest and most visited cities. A city of a thousand torii, a great number of temples and shrines, a stunning bamboo forest and fascinating geisha culture, Kyoto is a wealth of attractions for visitors to enjoy. It is connected to Japan’s excellent high-speed trains, which can whisk travelers pretty much anywhere they want to go pretty quickly and in comfort. Here’s a handy guide on some of the best places you can visit for day trips from Kyoto, to help you figure out your itinerary while in this lovely historic city.

9 Best Day Trips From Kyoto, Japan

best day trips from kyoto

1. Osaka

Osaka

An hour away whether you drive or take the train, Osaka is probably the easiest day trip from Kyoto. This lovely historic city is considered as the heart of Japanese culture, home to a number of excellent sights and attractions worth visiting.

This city is best known for the majestic Osaka Castle which also has the Osaka Museum of History, where the 1400-year history of Osaka comes to life in every floor as its a wealth of information represented in various exhibits.

Aside from the castle, a must try is the Umeda Sky Building observatory, which is a great spot to enjoy the views as it transitions from daylight to dusk and the city lights come on. There’s also the Universal Studios, and lastly, don’t forget to partake in Osaka’s rich and diverse street food culture, something that they’re quite proud of.

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2. Kanazawa

Kanazawa

An easy two-hour train ride from Kyoto is the delightful city of Kanazawa. It is a beautiful old town full of tea houses, geishas and an overall festive vibe. Kanazawa is pretty much representative of all things Japanese – from traditional local culture to great food and fine historic attractions.

A delightful day trip from Kyoto, one of the many things you can do here is to explore the narrow streets of the Chaya district, especially after hours when the locals head out to enjoy a night out, and you may even spot a geisha.

There’s also the Kenroku-en Garden, one of the best three gardens in Japan, which is adjacent to a beautiful castle that is worth a visit. Kanazawa also has many shrines and temples, as well as numerous tea shops and museums dedicated to the fascinating tea ceremonies and rituals.

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3. Nara

Relatively remote by Japanese standards, Nara is a historic city that’s only an hour by train from Kyoto. Looking as if untouched by time, Nara’s many fine old buildings and streets make it a unique day trip from Kyoto. It’s home to the historic Nijo Castle, as well as many temples and shrines. A must visit is the Todai-ji temple, which is a Unesco World Heritage site.

The area around Todai-ji is cramped with museums, monuments, and temples, all of which are worth the visit. Take a break and enjoy some snacks at the massive Nara Park, which you can share with one or two of its, 200 deers. If you’re into some strange adventure, check out the desolate Nara amusement park, a popular destination for those into abandoned places.

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4. Kobe

A port town that’s best known for its beef and sake, Kobe has long been a melting pot of cultures and culinary marvels. Less than an hour via Sanyo Shinkansen, this is one exciting Kyoto day tour you shouldn’t miss. Kobe is a small city where most attractions are within walking distance from one another.

Make sure to visit Kobe Maritime Museum, which has a massive collection of amazing quality model ships. There’s also the Kobe City Hall where you can enjoy some great views of the city, free of charge.

Check out the Animal Kingdom in Kobe, which is a modern version of wildlife in the city where animals walk free (excluding lions, bears, elephants, etc.). Kobe also has a thriving China Town, which is so developed due to Kobe being a key Japanese port.

5. Nagoya

Nagoya

Located in the heart of the main island of Japan – Honshu, Nagoya is one of Japan’s main industrial hubs. It is an easy commute from Kyoto — only an hour and a half, and well worth taking the time to explore. A port city, Nagoya has long been an important manufacturing city, known for its ceramic industry which traces its roots as far back as the 12th century.

A fascinating day tour from Kyoto, this city also has the majestic 16th century Nagoya castle, with its intricate design, art treasures and impressive views of the city from its main tower. Like most of Japan, Nagoya has many fine old temples, and the oldest – Atsuta Shrine, dates as far back as the 1st century.

The port is also worth exploring and is home to the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium which is the biggest in Japan, a small marine museum aboard the historic vessel the Fuji, and some pleasant coastal walks. Then there’s the massive SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, a fascinating museum that’s focused on the evolution of Japan’s train system, where you get to experience the design, technology, innovation and even try riding your own train.

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6. Enryakuji

Enryakuji

Only thirty minutes by train from Kyoto, Enryakuji is one of the more unique Kyoto day trips that you’ll find yourself in. For one, you’ll have to take a short cable car ride to read this gorgeous region that’s located high up in the hills. The cable car ride already gives you a stunning view of the Lake Biwa, as well as the area that’ll remind you of the Alps. Hike up the route on Mount Hiei that’ll take you past some of the most popular temples. Enjoy the stunning views that are said to be among the best in Japan.

Enryakuji is the perfect respite from the hustle of the city so take your time and don’t rush from one temple to another. The area, by the way, is pretty isolated so make sure you pack enough food and drinks to get you through the trip.

7. Tokyo

Tokyo

Quite a long trip even if you take the Shinkansen but set out early and the journey would be well worth it. A worthwhile day trip from Kyoto, Tokyo is a colorful, friendly city, and a lovely mix of fascinating history, architecture, culture, technology, and great food. Only a whole day in here sounds like it’s impossible to fully experience it, but it can be done.

When you arrive, get a hearty breakfast at Tsukiji Market, which is also a great place for a morning stroll. Get a glimpse of history and culture in the Sensoji temple and the vibrant nNakimase Dori street. Head up the Tokyo Skytree for stunning views of the city, or just a good distance away to get a nice photo. Walk around the Yoyogi Park and Meiji Temple, where you might even catch a wedding procession.

Make sure you get some bento lunch, which you can even get from a convenience store. Tokyo streets and districts have their own distinct personality so it’s a must to see them.

Akihabara for all things techie, Ginza for shopping, Shibuya to witness the mad scramble during rush hour and Takeshita Street for the animé vibe. As evening comes, buy some Tokyo souvenirs or have dinner in Shinjuku then marvel at the vibrant neon signs along the street. That’s got to be the best way to end your day, something that’s undeniably Tokyo.

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8. Miyajima

Miyajima

Located just 30 kilometers off Hiroshima Bay is the stunning shrine island of Miyajima. If you’re a fast-paced traveler, you can combine this with your Hiroshima trip but most prefer to allow an entire day here. The island is best known for the majestic Itsukushima shrines, that stands serenely in the waters of the bay, supported by raised columns that give the illusion that the buildings are floating.

Explore the temple’s many bridges and historic buildings, as well as its beautiful park, which looks more magical in the evening. Make sure you visit the Hall of a Thousand Mats and the Prayer Hall, as well as the Main and Offerings Halls. There’s also a performance of traditional dances and music, and you can relax in one of the tea rooms for a traditional beverage and meal.

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9. Okayama

Okayama

Only an hour and twenty minutes by rail is Okayama city, home to one of the top three gardens in Japan known as Koraku-en. The massive garden is especially beautiful during sakura season, and popular among tourists as well as a venue for family hanami parties. It is picture perfect all year round though, and a must for a Kyoto day trip.

Adjacent to the garden is the Okayama castle, which forms part of the ‘borrowed – a common component of Japanese garden design and well integrated into this one. After hours of exploring the castle and garden by foot, its time to hop on a bike and cycle through the scenic Kibi plains. Enjoy the rural scenery as you wander through the paths between the rice paddies, temples, shrines and historic burial mounds along the way.

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