11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Beijing

4
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 Ueno Park, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Shibuya Crossing, and other attractions. It doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Tokyo is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Auckland in November, plan for little chillier nights in Tokyo, with lows around 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 13°C. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Museums Nature
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

2
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 now added Arashiyama to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and then make a trip to Gion.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 4°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

3
nights
Osaka

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shinsekai, Tempozan Ferris Wheel and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Step out of Osaka with an excursion to Nara Park in Nara--about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotonbori, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Osaka day trip tool .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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