12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train + bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
3
Nagano
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
End: Tokyo


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4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In March in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip builder .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (9°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park ©
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

3
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 29th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, don't miss a visit to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, then identify plant and animal life at Iizuna Highlands Oyachi Marsh, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, step into the grandiose world of Ueda Castle, and then let little ones run wild at Ueda Joseki Park.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, read Nagano online trip builder .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Nagano in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Nagano. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ueda, Yamanouchi-machi
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Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Universal Studios Japan in Konohana--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Kyutei Omuro.

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You can take a train from Nagano to Kyoto in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nagano in March: highs in Kyoto hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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