13 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Hakone-machi Itinerary

13 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Hakone-machi Itinerary

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13 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Hakone-machi Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
3
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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.
You'll explore and learn at Fire Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hase-dera Temple and Kencho-ji Temple. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori), Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) (in Kamakura) and Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, and wander the streets of Omotesando.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Minato Mirai 21, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, Katori Jingu Shrine
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Miho Museum and Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. Popular historic sites such as Omiwa Shrine and Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara), Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple (in Kyotanabe) and Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple (in Uji). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myoshinji Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Toraya Kyoto Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Miho Museum, Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple, Kongorin-ji Temple, Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, Kashihara Jingu
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Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine
Miho Museum ©
Miho Museum

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja and Izusan Jinja Shrine. Popular historic sites such as Kiunkaku and Choanji Temple are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Itchiku Kubota Art Museum & Ide Sake Brewery). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Marudake, examine the collection at Hakone Ekiden Museum, and take in the pleasant sights at Cedar Trees of Hakone Old Road.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Atami, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja
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Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Kiunkaku ©
Kiunkaku
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

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