12 days in Tokyo, Hakone-machi & Kyoto Itinerary

12 days in Tokyo, Hakone-machi & Kyoto Itinerary

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12 days in Tokyo, Hakone-machi & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sydney

5
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 the city life by going to Mt. Takao and Ueno Zoo. Visit Tokyo National Museum and Sensō-ji for their historical value. Step out of Tokyo to go to Fujisawa and see Enoshima Island, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and make a trip to Takeshita Street.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online holiday maker .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Tokyo reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Mt. Takao, Enoshima Island
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao

2
nights
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 (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Kiunkaku, then look for gifts at Kamatsuru Himono Honten, Atami Ginzadori, then revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Atami, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Kiunkaku ©
Kiunkaku
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gion and Dotonbori. Popular historic sites such as Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Mint Museum (in Osaka), Nara National Museum (in Nara) and CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA (in Ikeda). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the exciting artwork at Nowaki.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in May, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara National Museum, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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