17 days in Tokyo, Hakone-machi & Kyoto Itinerary

17 days in Tokyo, Hakone-machi & Kyoto Itinerary

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17 days in Tokyo, Hakone-machi & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train + bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 8 nights
train + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Dallas

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.
You've added Gotokuji Temple, Robot Restaurant, Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder .

Dallas, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Tokyo is 15 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Dallas in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 67°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Historic Sites Nightlife
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Art Jeunesse Akihabara ©
Art Jeunesse Akihabara
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hakone Shrine Homotsuden. On your second day here, stop by Owakudani Kurotamago Kan, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi day trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are slightly colder, around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to 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)
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

8
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 Tofuku-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Todai-ji Temple, & more), Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle) and Osaka (Daimaru Museum Umeda, Dotonbori, & more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Himeji, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Jindoji Temple
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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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