15 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Hakone-machi Itinerary

15 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Hakone-machi Itinerary

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15 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Hakone-machi Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
bus + train:  1​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
End: Seattle

7
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Round 1 Stadium, Diver City Tokyo Plaza, Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills), Takeshita Street, and other attractions you added. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Akihabara, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Seattle to Tokyo. While traveling from Seattle, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 39°F. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trip

Fujiyoshida Tourist Information Center
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Umeda Sky Building, Hōzen-ji Temple, Ebisu Bridge, and other attractions. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kyoto vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sun) before leaving for Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara Park
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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.
On the 5th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi journey planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in January: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 40°F, while lows dip to 37°F. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Tokyo.

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

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Joypolis as well as Mega Web. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan and then have some family-friendly fun at Tokyo Joypolis.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip tool .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 50°F to lows of 35°F. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Fun & Games Theme Parks Childrens Museums
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Mega Web ©
Mega Web
Tokyo Joypolis ©
Tokyo Joypolis

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