Kamakura is an easy day excursion from Tokyo and is pleasant distraction from the hi-tec capital. A relaxed and pretty town that has more than its fair share of temples and shrines – all within easy walking distance of each other. The sound of monks' prayers fill the air, while a small hiking trail takes you past views of Mount Fuji (of course, Mount Fuji is the least visible mountain I have ever come across. Even on a bright, cloudless day, it manages to find a blanket of fog to escape under!).