15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fuji National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Toronto

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip tool .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Tokyo is 14 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in August; daily highs in Tokyo reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fuji National Park.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Fuji National Park

Fuji National Park ©
Featuring the highest mountain peak in the country, Fuji National Park has long been a place of pilgrimage and poetry, with the active stratovolcano central to Japanese identity, history, and art.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Mt. Fuji 5th Station.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Fuji National Park online road trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Fuji National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for little chillier days in Fuji National Park, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.
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Mt. Fuji 5th Station ©
Mt. Fuji 5th Station

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): wander the streets of Takeshita Street and then admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

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

Traveling by car from Fuji National Park to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Fuji National Park, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Tokyo Central Railway Station ©
Tokyo Central Railway Station

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and then make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in September, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in September, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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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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