Originally Posted by arirang
Are there any suburban locales outside of the central Tokyo area that are worth venturing out to? A lot of the tourist literature refers to Shibuya, Shinjuku, Roppongi, Ginza, etc. for obvious reasons, but I thought it might be interesting to spend an afternoon in a more suburban area. You know, to see the "real" Tokyo and everything.
I was thinking of aiming for Saitama and maybe checking out the Hikawa Shrine and the Railway Museum, but really I could just as easily head somewhere else that's more interesting. Can anyone offer any suggestions?
To be honest, the burbs are boring, just like American ones. There are some more interesting places if you go a bit further out you can see oddities like the Ushiku Daibutsu (Ibaraki prefecture), the tallest Buddha statue in the world at 100m (for reference the Statue of Liberty is only 40m). Near the station is a not so bad local winery and beer brewery as well.
+1 to Hakkone and Onsen. Its well worth it.