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Beyond Tokyo - day trip suggestions?

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Beyond Tokyo - day trip suggestions?

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chutster | | Feb 24, 2013 05:13 AM

I'm headed to Tokyo for my annual visit and would like to ask for some suggestions for a day trip destination outside of Tokyo.

I'm looking to dine at a good restaurant for lunch, do some cultural and/or nature activity, visit a market, do some local shopping for crafts, etc.

Ideally, the destination is 2 hours away maximum and accessible by rail. Am open to renting a car and driver to get around the town itself.

I've heard of the town of Karuizawa, and I believe many Tokyo residents keep vacation homes there. Not sure if that fits the activities I listed above though.

Would appreciate any input from you Chowhounds.

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