8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  4​h
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Harajuku Takeshita-dori, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Akihabara, and other attractions. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and then take a stroll through Odaiba.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online journey planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Tokyo. In March, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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.
Hakone Ropeway has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Odawara Castle.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Odawara Castle
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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)

3
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.
You've added Kyoto Fun, Kyoto Station Building, Arashiyama, and other attractions to your itinerary. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, see Kyoto Fun, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinka-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkaku-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to Gion.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip builder site .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in March, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (16°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Nightlife

Side Trip

Kinka-ji Temple
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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