How would you spend your free time this summer? Even if it is difficult to go on a long vacation, there are some good places to refresh yourself during weekends. Here are the most incredible spots in the Kanto Region you can easily get to. Great for dating, solo trips, or just a meditative journey. * Business hours of some places may change. Please check the official website or sightseeing website before your visit. Navigation 1. Kamiiso Torii (Oarai Coast) / Ibaraki 2. Lake Chuzenji / Tochigi 3. Minakami Onsen / Gunma 4. Lake Sayama (Yamaguchi Reservoir) / Saitama 5. Kominato Beach / Tokyo 6. Nokogiriyama Nihonji Temple / Chiba 7. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu / Kanagawa 1. Kamiiso Torii (Oarai Coast) / Ibaraki Prefecture "Kamiiso Torii" is included in the Oarai Prefectural Natural Park and stands on the Oarai coast. The torii gate on the rocks is the most beautiful at night, illuminated by moonlight. During the sunrise, with the first rays, all landscape turns to the divine red. This beach, which was selected as one of the 100 best beaches in Japan and the 100 best white sand and blue pine trees in Japan, has great attractions such as "Oarai beach" and "Oarai lighthouse" where you also can enjoy surfing competitions and fishing. We would also recommend that you visit the beautiful "Nino Torii" and "Oarai Museum" nearby Oarai Isosaki Shrine. Read more about "Kamiiso Torii (Oarai Coast)" 2. Lake Chuzenji / Tochigi Prefecture "Lake Chuzenji" boasts one of the highest altitudes in Japan of 1269m above sea level. The valley was dammed by lava from the eruption of Mt. Nantai about 20,000 years ago and made this beautiful lake, making this place a very popular spot with not only locals but also many tourists. Full in bloom Azaleas in early summer and spectacular autumn leaves make this location a stunning spectacle. Read more about "Lake Chuzenji" 3. Minakami Onsen / Gunma Prefecture "Minakami Onsen" is a hot spring town where hotels are lined up along the mountain stream upstream of the Tone River. You can observe Mt. Tanigawa and the Tone River from any hot spring facility. Enjoy the scenery of the four seasons while relaxing at a healing resort. There are great water activities you can participate in, such as rubber boats, rafting, pack crafting, lake canoeing, or kayaking. Experience various spectacular views on the ropeway from tree trekking, off-road buggies, paragliding, bungee jumping, mountain biking, skiing & snowboarding. Absolutely perfect place for active weekend spending, regardless of age. Read more about "Minakami Onsen" 4. Lake Sayama (Yamaguchi Reservoir) / Saitama Prefecture Reservoir "Lake Sayama" was created in the south-central part of Saitama prefecture in 1934 (Showa 9) to secure a water source in Tokyo. Lake Sayama is included in "Saitama Prefectural Nature Park", and has been selected as one of Saitama's "100 Best Nature". As many as 20,000 cherry blossoms bloom in spring, and many tourists come to enjoy the beauty of each season throughout the year, including pine and oak forests. In the middle of the embankment, there is a wide staircase and an observation deck where you can take beautiful photos. Read more about "Lake Sayama" 5. Kominato Beach / Tokyo Prefecture Located on Chichi island (Chichijima), Ogasawara Village, the beach "Kominato Beach" attracts by its white sand and blue sea. The transparent sea is a great place to swim, there are a few corals around where you can enjoy snorkeling. If you're lucky, you can also see sea turtles spawning. There is no artificial light in the surroundings, so it is perfect for observing the starry sky at night. The island is fully equipped with rest houses, toilets, benches, and other facilities. Why won't you spend a relaxing time with your family and beloved ones surrounded by nature? Read more about "Kominato Beach" 6. Nokogiriyama Nihonji Temple / Chiba Prefecture The oldest temple in the Kanto region, "Nokogiriyama Nihonji", was opened by Gyoki Bosatsu about 1300 years ago. The precincts are divided into mountain peaks, arhats, hillsides, paths to the temple area, and Daibutsu Square. You can reach the summit by Nokogiriyama Ropeway, and we especially recommend visiting the observatory "Jigoku Nozoki" (Hell Peak Point) and the Great Buddha. The Great Buddha - Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai (Bhaisajyaguru) prays for world peace and boasts the highest height in Japan. Please take a closer look! The observatory "Jigoku Nozoki" is installed on a protruding rock, and you can see Tokyo Bay, Boso Peninsula, and Mt. Fuji, all in one with a thrilling view. Read more about "Nokogiriyama Nihonji Temple" 7. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu / Kanagawa Prefecture "Tsurugaoka Hachimangu" has a history of about 800 years and keeps the samurai culture. When Kamakura was once the center of the country, this place was the "guardian deity of Kamakura" and the "guardian deity of samurai." Nowadays, it is a very popular spot to spend time with children or take your love on a date. It is easily accessible from the east exit of JR Kamakura Station or Enoshima Electric Railway Enoden Kamakura Station, and there are three magnificent torii gates along the way, so you can enjoy taking pictures with the cherry blossoms in spring and the Japanese Azaleas in early summer. Passing through the third torii gate, you will see "Genji Pond" and Taikobashi Bridge over it. You can see cherry blossoms and plum blossoms in spring, lotus in summer, and fall leaves in autumn. Proceeding through "Maidono" and "Wakamiya", you will finally see "Hongu" - the main building of the shrine, which has been designated as a national important cultural property. It is prohibited to take pictures near the main shrine, but after climbing the worshiping Grand Stairway, you will witness an unforgettable view. Read more about "Tsurugaoka Hachimangu" What do you think? Here are the greatest superb spots to get to in the Kanto region. Take your loved ones to a place full of charm on weekends and refresh your mood to make fun memories.