16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
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Hakone-machi
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Osaka
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Kyoto
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Tokyo
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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 list of things to see and do now includes teamLab Borderless, Roppongi District, Ginza, and other attractions. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba District, visit Akihabara, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills), and look for gifts at Stockplus.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning site.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base. In December, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 39°F. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:

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Hakone-machi

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hakone Venetian Glass Museum, Gora Park and Odawara Castle. On the 23rd (Mon), make a trip to Odawara Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally see the interesting displays at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Gora Park, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and then cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

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Hakone-machi is just a short distance from Tokyo. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Spas · Theme Parks · Baths · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

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Osaka

Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 25th (Wed), find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Osaka day trip app.

You can travel from Hakone-machi to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in December: highs in Osaka hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 39°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

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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 day by day itinerary now includes Tenzan no Yu, Monkey Park Iwatayama, Kyoto Imperial Palace, and other attractions you added. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and stop by Arashiyama.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

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Tokyo

You've added Club Camelot, VR Park Tokyo, Mocha Cat Cafe, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore Tokyo further: ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, pause for some photo ops at Hachiko, and take in nature's colorful creations at Rikugien Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Nightlife · Fun & Games · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.