16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  3​h
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
End: Tokyo

3
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've added Meguro River, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Shinjuku Golden Gai, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's more to do: wander the streets of Harajuku Takeshita-dori.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In March, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Choanji Temple as well as Kuzuryu Shrine. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi driving holiday app .

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

6
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Tennoji Park, Horikoshi Shrine, Keitaku-en Garden, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip maker .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 67°F. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chidorigafuchi, Ueno, Mt. Takao, and other attractions you added. Enjoy Tokyo some more: admire the natural beauty at Rikugien Garden.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You will leave for home on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mt. Takao
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

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