11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Lethbridge
Fly + Drive:  23 h 15 min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Lethbridge

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tenryuji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip planner.

Lethbridge, Canada to Kyoto is an approximately 23.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 16 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lethbridge in May: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks
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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha 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.
On the 16th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, then get engrossed in the history at Hakone Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukazawa Zeni Araibenzaiten. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, view the masterpieces at Pola Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in May: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

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Side Trip

Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
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Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Nezu Shrine. Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Samurai Museum. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and take a stroll through Yanaka.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip builder site.

Do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in May, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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