18 days in Hakone-machi, Tokyo & Nikko Itinerary

18 days in Hakone-machi, Tokyo & Nikko Itinerary

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18 days in Hakone-machi, Tokyo & Nikko Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
train:  1​h 30​min
1
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Tokyo
— 12 nights
3
Nikko
— 3 nights
End: Tokyo

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.
To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip planner .

Tokyo to Hakone-machi is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 5°C. On the 28th (Fri), you're off toTokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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12
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 MariCAR Shibuya, Street Kart Tokyo Bay BBQ MariCAR and The Tsukiji Market. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tokyo National Museum and Harajuku Takeshita-dori. Edo-Tokyo Museum and National Museum of Nature and Science will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Mt. Takao (in Hachioji), Kamiyatsuno Okusuu (in Ogose-machi) and Ubara Risokyo (in Katsuura). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, take in the exciting artwork at Art Jeunesse Akihabara, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday site .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in December, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura, Ubara Risokyo, Mt. Iyogatake, Mt. Takao
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Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

3
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Get some historical perspective at Kanaya Hotel History House and Cryptomeria Avenue. Nikko Okaki Factory and Onsen Resorts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Takinoo Shrine.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nikko travel route planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. When traveling from Tokyo in January, plan for little chillier days in Nikko, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Shopping Spas
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Nikko Futarasan jinja ©
Nikko Futarasan jinja
Kanaya Hotel History House ©
Kanaya Hotel History House

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