Hakone Yuryo is a traditional-style hot spring resort located less than an hour and a half from Tokyo, making it perfect for either a day trip or quick overnight stay. Its rustic atmosphere and numerous hot spring baths, as well as its traditional restaurant and massage services makes it a great place to escape stressful city life. There is a free shuttle bus for visitors from Hakone-Yumoto Station to the resort between 9am and 8pm on weekdays, and 9am to 9pm on weekends and public holidays. Address: 4 Tonosawa, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture Website: http://www.hakoneyuryo.jp/english/ Tel: 0460-85-8411

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is located on the same site as the private residence of an Edo period feudal lord called Kiyonari Naito, who was a vassal to shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa. The area was completed as an imperial garden in 1906 and has been a leader in horticultural innovation in Japan ever since. Its 58.3 hectares (144 acres) makes it one of the largest green spaces in Tokyo and the area features a French formal garden, an English landcape garden, and a Japanese traditional garden. There are over 10,000 trees here, including the first tulip trees, Himalayan cedars, and bald cypresses to be planted in Japan. This spacious garden is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon exploring the various areas and plants within. Main image: © TCVB Average Price: ¥200 Address: 11 Naito-machi, Shinjuku-ku Website: www.env.go.jp/garden/shinjukugyoen Tel: 03-3350-0151

This amusement park not only has one of Japan's slargest aquariums, it's so large, it takes up a whole island! Located on the tip of Yokohama Bay, this entertainment facility has rides and attractions, interactive aqua displays, restaurants and shops, and even a hotel! https://youtu.be/_YBIvPsh8bg Main image: Funk Bass used under CC  Address: Hakkejima, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama Website: www.seaparadise.co.jp/english/ Tel: 045-788-8888

Ikegami Honmonji is said to be constructed on the spot where the founder of the Nichiren Buddhist sect passed away. The temple was completed in 1282 and features Tokyo's oldest five-story pagoda, along with a spacious temple complex with a plum tree garden, open to visitors seeking silence and solitude. Image: ⒸTVCB Address: 1-1-1 Ikegami, Ota-ku Website: honmonji.jp Tel: 03-3752-2331

Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku Website: http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/taito/spot/40714.html Tel: 03-3842-0181

Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku Website: http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/guide/koukyo.html Tel: 03-5223-8071

Originally located inside the grounds of Edo Castle, this shrine was frequented by Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa, the founder of the last shogunate of Japan. The enshrined deity was said to be a protector of Edo (the old name for Tokyo) and especially after relocating outside the castle walls, became a significant place of worship for the people of the city. Hie Shrine is home to the Sanno Festival, which is one of the three great Edo festivals as well as one of the three great festivals of Japan. Address: 2-10-5 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku Website: www.hiejinja.net    Tel: 03-3581-2471

Like the view? Fortunately, you don't need to be a millionaire to enjoy it. This is just one of the vistas you can see 202 meters up, from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Decks. Whether you're a newcomer to the city or an old Tokyo hand, these priceless, 57th floor views help you see things from an entirely new perspective. And if you're a photographer? Well, you need to get yourself here on a clear day. The North Tower is open daily from 9:30am to 11pm and the South Tower from 9:30am to 5:30pm (check their site for detailed information). www.metro.tokyo.jp/ENGLISH/OFFICES/observat.htm (Check for detailed hours and train access information.) Image courtesy of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Observatories' Facebook Page Address: Nishishinjuku 2-8-1, Shinjuku-ku Website: http://www.metro.tokyo.jp/ENGLISH/OFFICES/observat.htm