A short 90 minutes from Tokyo Station, Annaka is an ideal daytrip destination alongside the nearby resort town of Karuizawa and the local World Heritage sites. The exhilarating railway climb and breathtaking views offered by the Usui Pass are just as spectacular as the more famous Hakone, and there are many activities for the whole family, including the Railway Theme Park and trekking along disused lines. Once you've had full of fun, why not try "Toge-no Kamameshi", the most famous box lunch sold at some stations, Japan's favorite way to sample local delicacies while traveling, and soak in the soothing waters of a hot spring? While you're here, don't miss the local post town that once served the Nakasendo Way, one of the Japan's old pathway via Tokyo to Kyoto in the Edo Period, and Isobe Onsen hot spring. The area has largely escaped commercialization as a tourist destination and affords visitors an up-close view of the natural environment and local lifestyles.
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